Mist, Crumbs, Peculiar Ethos

I found Corey Union the other night (and damn, how I should be working on a
response paper–something from Handa’s vizrhet anthology this time).  I
found Corey Union; parked on the uphill grade just a block from the place. 
Into Exhibition Lounge, I strolled.  It was empty, dark.  Televisions
stood on each side of the podium; one leaked static, the other, a faintly
discernable "unusable signal" message.

Note-taking during a Vitanza talk is a nasty gag.  Trick, treat, then
this? What?  Yet I scribbled until my miniature yellow tablet filled
up.  Then I stopped.  And so these notes are my own (and now yours)

The television monitors–two of them–mattered to the talk.  Vitanza’s
text (talk) coincided with the movies; each screen played a slow frame-rate
picture-show: hands typing, VV talking, cutting mushrooms, duck and cover
footage.  All of it loosely discordant–a purposefully jumbled
synchronization of themes, resonances, unmatched with the precise (re)turns in
the paper he read. And the object (although everyone in the audience would
disagree, mostly) was to find the in-between space, the gap between the
spoken-text and the screens.

Said Vitanza of the (de.per)formance, "Impossible to follow.  It
does not follow."  And no claims to immediate
intelligibility.  And "unmasking is forever an unmaking." 
But I might have that wrong or it might have been a quotation from Deleuze on
actual-virtual and two mirrors.  I might have it all wrong.  And in
this case, that would be okay. "This event is for tomorrow unfounded on
yesterdays," Vitanza said.

It was called "The Coming Pedagogy of the Peculiar."  With
refs to post-pedagogy–knowing and making even if or always non-codifiable,
Vitanza addressed theory, asked us "to learn to live with ghosts,"
Hamlet, Marx, and Derrida, himself.  String: beside "himself."
String: the ground, the ?, the indeterminate self that shakes us, sets us
trembling. And "let us not lose sight of the alongsides." 
Vitanza told us definition means to limit: creating certainty by throwing away
the crumbs.

I got particularly rapt up in his suggestion that "community is always
coming along" and that "it resists collectivity as much as it resists
individuality."  And a nursery quip: Subjectivity sat on a wall
You know the rest. Essence-existence-irreparable. String: Less interested
in what goes for truth.  More interested in a discourse of untruth which
has haunted the text.

It was, on the whole, haunting.  It promised to be. And here you have
fewer than half of my notes which continue–strings–loose, tangential,
listed.  Fifty minutes plus Q&A: vagabond Sophists, Zeno’s arrow,
chromosomic multisexes (how many you want?), mushrooms and dough, Virginia Woolf,
Proteus and a bowl of water.

~Keep your eyes on the in-between–the space between the excluded middle and
the excluded third. Between them should haunt you.  It should disturb you.

After the talk, I met and talked with Alex
(and expressed my gratitude for his return email filling me in on the time, location), then introduced myself to VV, asked him how we’ll re-gain access to his talk–an essay? Book?  Kit.  It’ll likely be a kit.  Available sometime soon–a future date "unfounded on yesterdays," to be sure.

Drove home in the rain.