Outrageous: Book Launch Reminder

Just a reminder about the launch of Outrageous! April 4, 6pm for 6:30 start until about 8ish. If you are in Sydney and read this blog then come down to Gleebooks, have a drink and say hello!

Post-launch party/drinks will be somewhere in Glebe. We haven’t quite figured out where yet. (Take Thursday off and then you have five days to recover. Sweet!)

The book is now instore at Gleebooks and I have had a quick read through of the introduction and flicked through the rest. With 17 chapters by experts in their respective fields it is a pretty serious little book of scholarship and it will take me a while to get through it all.

Now I’m Bored: Election Day

Now I’m Bored
Now I’m Bored
Now I’m Bored
There’s No Stopping
— “(He’ll Never Be an) Ol’ Man River” TISM (a.k.a. “I’m on the drug that killed River Pheonix”)

Epigraph for an essay on gaming, anyone? I think I’ll take it. (And for any of my international readers who have not heard (or heard of) TISM, they were a great performance outfit from Australia in the 1990s. I saw them at a Big Day Out concert in the late 1990s and they had massive 12ft inflated condom things on their heads. Here is another video, “Greg! The Stop Sign!” and for those who are into the Bunny Suicide books here is “Everyone Else Has Had More Sex Than Me“. I like the double-time running man dancing during the chorus.)

But anyway, via Cam at Polemica, here is a list of polling booths for today’s NSW State election. He also linke to the youtube video of TISM’s “Ol’ Man River”. The locations are linked to maps. If, like me, you have never voted in NSW before, here is a search page where you can enter your postcode and it will return the voting area. I am in the bourgie stronghold of Balmain!

I’ll be voting as a ‘section voter’ as I did my enrollment rather late.

(Plus I am glad I have a working iPod again if there is going to be a line up, which I doubt. My third iPod on warranty!! So four in total.)

Gaming Paper Abstract

Below is title and abstract I submitted to the journal Refractory for their upcoming games and new media special issue. I am currently writing the paper. (The paper was originally going to be called “I am in ur Theories killin ur Spaces”.)

gamers pwned: gaming as contingency, phantasm and event

“Games need the empty square, without which nothing would move forward or function.” – Gilles Deleuze

If games are the art of producing contingency, then let gaming be defined by contingency. The event of gaming is punctuated by contingencies that cascade into ‘action’ through a transversal co-determination across different machinic registers. This is a reconfiguration of perspective on gaming away from the naked phenomenological. ‘Action’ is, following Gilles Deleuze, the ‘object = x’ of gaming on two levels: the pure passage of gaming (actually playing games) and within the discourse of the gaming culture scene.

First, ‘action’ is the location where the repeated materiality of the ‘game’ happens as a movement of incorporeal materialism. ‘Action’ is not merely what happens. The event of gaming exists on a multiplicity of registers, but these can be reduced to two series derived from the architectures of contingency that are produced and programmed into the game, but which rely on the collective cultural memory of the ‘player’ habitus. The two series are constituted by 1) the programmed allegorithms of the game and 2) the phantasms of the playing population’s libidinal apparatus. This is the positive task: to rescue the event of gaming.

Second, this locates gaming in a different cultural space to the spectacle; ‘celebrity’, not ‘action’, is the ‘object = x’ of the spectacle. The structure of gaming culture subsumes and incorporates the politics of the spectacle: the production of contingency and the insertion of action into the spectacle. The sabot is now a turtle shell. Thus, ‘gaming’ is distributed across the mass-media apparatus and is not solely located in the traditionally conceived gaming machines or computers. The art of media production has become to find new forms of action and contingency. Beyond this, the event of gaming is an assemblage. A virtual gaming-machine roams across other milieus; the employee /welfare recipient/consumer ‘incentive program’ is a structural allegorithm. (Deleuze did not mention the ‘control society’ being fun.) If the virtual gaming-machine therefore operates as an apparatus of action-capture, and one wants to produce political action, does this therefore lead to a politics of gaming; a game of political production?