mecanolodiamauro cube, a recent
a Cathedral is something with lots of stuff in it among which there are
or can be some things that have a Cathedral in them ...
Cathedral of erotic Misery is not here, it's kinda missing...
...purpose and subjects of this website - Cathedral Geography...
- To all likelyhood, I (and
you along with it) am (are) trying to build a game here, the Cathedral
Game. It's going to take a long time, because i can only work
on it in my spare time. The purpose of the Game is very complicated and
mysterious as well as utterly simple: you can read about it in the Introduction to
Cathedral Building. Basically it requires you to
find or build a Cathedral.
- otherwise: 'website'=programmed
container of information, a file you request. So if it's a
game, you started it. Down at the East Gate, i keep track of
how many 'visitors' each 'place' gets. You actualise these 'places' by
what you normally do on a 'website', i.e. clicking on links or letting
embedded programs do the clicking for you.
- I'm also trying to
develop some artistic publishing tools, mainly for a practice
some call 'Digital writing'. I use my own work to test these things, so
i guess that would make me a Digital Writer. I prefer the term
Cathedral Authoring Process (öder C.A.P. (- hu! Nè!
UGH YAK untsoweiter)) to describe my part in the business.
- When you combine both
perspectives, and add my constant need to write, or mess about
artistically, what you get is what you see: a process started
in september 2004 that sort of turned into a blurry field of what you
might call artistic research. Originally, the central
questions i wanted to formulate some answers to with this kind of
research sounded like:
- What kind of writing will be
the result of writing with tools that are co-defined, simultaneously
developed, with the writing itself?
- In how far will this 'website'
be writing itself ?
- Can you get a process similar
to (Semantic) Web Services up and running based on different ontologies
than what's being used now?
- Can Software Agents be
programmed to behave artistically? Poetically? Ethically? How would you
then redefine those terms?
- Is there such a thing as a
poetic algorhythm? What would it look like in, say, JAVA?
- What happens to text when you
put it on a URL? What happens to poetry? Philosophical texts? What's
all this talk about liquid data?
Mostly i forget about those things, because you do need some time like
2,3 weeks of empty days in a row to get anything decent running
programmatically. With three children and a full time job, that don't
happen too often...
- So what actually happens is some
events of creation, starting dates identifyable with a URL
from which the absent Cathedral might go in any direction and you could
pick up tracing it from there.Whenever a new event occurs, i sent a
mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, the webartery Yahoo group and some others of
these lists so as to let people know about it.
- In order to build the
game i need to create a universe here first . Now i don't
have the time nor the budget to go about it the Star Wars way so it's
gonna be a rather simple universe. Not a model of the universe, just a
space with places in them, so there's gonna
be a lot of fiction involved. I don't like the 'page' metaphor for
files that are accessible by requesting them, i prefer a
fictionalisation into 'place'.
- the subjects of
this website are literature, language, software, painting,
'contemporary' music, boat varnish and how you can build a poetic world
with combinations of these processes.
- the Cathedral World
has 4 directions you can go to, like our world: left, right, up and
down. It has a central place you can start from: the meret becker PLAZA.
The PLAZA is the most fun part of the website, or at least it's
supposed to be(come)...
- From there, or from anywhere
else, you can go, left or right, to four Gates, or
content areas, all covering different approaches to the subjects of
language and software.
Here's a Gates summary (no Bill involved):
|| This Gate leads to prose, how you can
create a world in people's imagination by telling stories. It has the
novel 'Anke Veld' in it, that is being published as i
write it. I only write prose during summertime. The fiction, however,
spreads all over the place and beyond it...
Gate leads to more theoretical, technological writing and
will contain pieces on Cathedral Building Theory as well as practical
bits of software that can be helpful for authors to create texts and
things on public networks. I try to keep things as simple as possible,
avoiding theory, but there's a general tendency towards hermetic
clusterings of meaning in my writing and as i try to unfold those, i
end up theorising anyway. Its a poetic disorder of the mind, i guess.
Gate leads to poetry. It contains an ancient draft of an
application called [babelog] that serves the end of publishing poetry
in an international context in an optimal way and it also wants to
explore combinations of visuals, audio and text.
Gate leads to more abstract thinking, and visualisations of
the construction of meaning itself. It's very prematurely open to the
public, i hope to be able to show you later where it's going.
- All four gates are supplemented
by a visual or plain useful section that i leave for you to discover
and exploit. One of them is a LINK section to net art,
literature, music and philosophical sites that i like(d).
- Underneath all of this,
the 4 Gates and PLAZA, there's the very fascinating but rather chaotic
world of the Cathedral
Residents. Residents can refer to actual persons,
in that case they are very special persons with very high poetic
talents, or they can be imaginary persons living in my fantasy, in that
case they behave in the now-you-see-me-now-you-don't-way.
- I will need those
Residents in the Game, to let you use the information that is
given on them (or by them) to participate in the Game. There's three of
them already, more will come. There's some explanation at the Cathedral Parish
Administration Service, a Service that's mostly closed, but
- Underneath the Residents'
world, there is but a black space called the Tomb,
where you will only find some hidden Dutch poetry buried in a black
field. I let Google eat all the stuff i wrote till 1999, it's nice to
know that those programs index it properly. The poems are my work up to
starting the Cathedral, i build on those in different ways
- Above everything else
there's the meagre world of objects: REDUX, the Cathedral World
reduced to what it would be when it was just an object containing other
- There's a Paint and Garbage Shop in the
REDUX section. I try to sell some artisanal stuff there in order to
support me building the Cathedral Game. All support i receive is used
to buy me time to work on the Cathedral.
- There's also a flash skin for the NKdeEBLOG,
that's where i dump texts and translations and such that need to be
encoded to xml defined by the nkdee.xsd to use them later. The blogsystem
i made does that quite easily, that's useful.
- Other than that the Redux section also holds a
more 'finalised' work, Song
for Europe 2005, last year's version of a song that
remains the same, essentiallyand continues into 2006...
- And yet above that,
there's nothing but a blank white space called, well, nothing.
thanx & have fun,
is not a website.
All texts on this website are nAârt texts,
meaning among other things that they are being published as they are
written, instantly, continously: there is no editing or separate
correction stage whatsoever, any editing is integrated in the writing
process. If a text stops changing after a while it's because i think it
has reached a sufficiently stable state or because i lost interest in
the subject. Text can start changing again at any time, even years
later, like some of the poetry i'm rewriting atm.
is not a blog.
add something nearly everyday to this weblog,
most entries are dated or a date of last modification is included.
is not Art.
Kathedrale des erotischen Elends is a linked art-object
in Rhizome's database of linked
art-objects on the NET. I filled in a form once and they did
that. Rhizome people are very nice people to mail to, i like them a
lot. Besides they don't have a database for nAârt processes.
Cathedral enthousiasts can enlist as
NKdeE user. You don't get much but it doesn't cost ya ingetinge either.
Find out more by clicking on 'New user' below: