Dear experiencer. Collected below is a set of work diary entries and experiments that I have considered as relevant for both the first intersection and presentation of thoughts, actions and remarks that took place in the Networked Actor Theory-event in spring 2019, and the second intersection taking place in this research exposition. They attempt to approach the question of how to convey in written or presentational form something that happens in the liminal area between collapsing linguistic meaning and emerging sonic structures within technological voice-processing in performative situations. The intersection of medial, linguistic, bodily and material processes is a fuzzy territory that cannot be contained in any of those domains alone. It presents a challenge to the expositional practices of artistic research: how to grasp and describe these fleeting, unstable constellations forming and falling apart in unpredictable ways, as demonstrated in the experiment below.
This sense-affective quality is “of a different kind than the well-defined discursive separation between presence and past, actuality and history.” (Ernst 2014, 148). It is a modulation of the perception of presence, created by the actions of ”ultra-short intermediary archives” (Ernst 2014, 153), which feel like presence. This modulation, the feeling of it, is the process that I am trying to circumscribe and describe by linguistic means in this exposition.
There are two versions of this text: the diary entries and experiments are arranged according to two different logics and you, dear experiencer, may choose either or both of them. They are identical in their textual content.
The Kairos-version of the text attempts to obey the principle of the opportune moment: the text fragments are laid out in a narrative fashion. The fragmentary notes and ideas seem to grow from and into each other, often spanning considerable lengths of time. It is as if the feeling of ultra-short intermediary archives is played out in extreme slow motion, transducing the micro-events, operating in the media-temporal, into the macro-temporality of the operation in the linguistic domain.
In the Khronos-version the diary entries are arrange reverse linear chronological order. The arrangement mimics reversed discussion forum logic: the most recent entry is on top and from there the reader can sink further and further into the history of the developing research process. It may be seen as a journey through the un-forming and de-structing of ideas toward their origins. It may seem that there are several conflicting but insistent contributors to this process: the different points of entry to the research area yield different linguistic styles and outcomes, as if representing different actors, their thinking and writing processes.