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However I had so many notes left, and these notes began last year… I was getting so frustrated that I couldn’t find a way to articulate them. So I decided I’d take a step towards throwing caution to the wind lol and publish some of my notes for the piece on Tumblr. There are paragraphs that didn’t make it in, whole chapters that didn’t and then small notes which end with a ‘-’ little islands of thought. So I hope you enjoy these Bacon Index scraps. :)
While I argued Kevin Bacon was the man who became Algorithm, it was more of a parasitic relationship where the Algorithm seems to have eroded Kevin Bacon’s autonomy, like some 2016 luddite-folkloric mascot. Bacon pretty much submitted to the process and continues to this day to embrace his mascotry as the actor that cried ‘I am become algorithm, networker of worlds.’
The hysterical quality of Bacon Index, is a kind of para-sense/ para-meaning, intuitive data bank configured to Kevin Bacon, in potentia. The concept of Kevin Bacon as some kind of optimal global relational positioning system is translated into a hysterical Bacongoogle maps the via Bacon Index.
Kevin Bacon is a character in the mythology of mutual friends, of Linkedin and many other systems of social media relationality. Wherein we become essential tools of use, as opposed to finite resources.
Increasingly power and mobility is recognized as focused in these systems as opposed to those which populate them and to this we aspire.
A culture of risk aversion is built on streamlining and quantitative data-
Like CE, Bacon Index incorporate this issue into the very nature of their identity. As opposed to providing coherent quantitative data, Bacon Index provides a qualitative Index in a manner of speaking, which is more inkeeping with the context of the site, on Tumblr. Empathetic user movements.
Sadie Plant’s concept of Radical Hysterics seem relevant because Bacon Index’s model of production resists the quantitative consistencies and pushes for innovation that are commonplace within brand identities. Bacon index is a qualitative study of Bacon Mania. There has been much mutual movement, whereby User and Interface are cosying up, beta testing sweet symbiosis.
So becoming a system, through which others can express themselves and who are processually attached to, more willing to just join up to a new service with their existing login with you.
There’s so much elucidation and ways to involve a user in the personalization of a service.
The human image persists as a necessary fiction, necessary for the maintenance and perversion of the fiction of modernity. - Livia Monnet, Anatomy of Permutational Desire, Part III
It’s the price In order to achieve something like Telepresence in multiple overlapping contexts.
Bacon-Index are subject to the precariousness and finitude they have in this as of yet unrequited symbiosis with Kevin Bacon, to align so closely with a precarious, tired figure would again be something that brands have until now felt is bad practice. But given the indiscriminate flow of imagery relating to the actor from the blog, I feel as though Bacon Index would stick with Kevin through thick and thin, that what they have is real.
Authenticity seems to be heading towards becoming a system through which others process and validate one another, or at least a simulation of this- this premonition comes from simple obervations of how users are provided with statistics in their interfaces, more often nowadays, notifications are not enough.
Cogent self obliterated at the altar of Neoism. Clickbait, slowjournalism-
The processes which allow users to express themselves are comprised of the same languages and knowledge pools that can threaten their autonomy. As peachy as it might be to imagine, droves of users, like the consumers they are barely separable from, are unlikely of their own accord to go and arm themselves with all the necessary knowledge and languages to protect themselves from being exploited, and in turn exploiting others.
For a long time now brands/companies and users on social networks are increasingly indistinguishable, and the influence that a brand has, seems attainable, moreso its the opportunity to become a system that can carry and distribute data, thus alleviating current stress of being exploited.
What Danah Boyd refers to as ‘a dirty trade off’, is a legitimate system of recognition for burgeoning users.
Spam bots emulate sincere, authentic human interaction en masse. They give a face to malware ultimately designed to steal bank details, identity, login details etc. Sometimes a spam bot might cause a user of any given site to unwittingly post spam content on their behalf: a viral, parasitic relationship.
Any fluidity of expression a user can perform, will be matched eventually by a phishing service of some kind, although users expect in return a streamlined efficient service and for their data to be treated with integrity.
A user or consumer unwittingly creates data with their everyday interactions that contributes towards and may reconfigure how they experience that service in the future. And that when you perform your role as a user exceptionally, these actions become a tangible model for creating value, a good example of this is in the mutability of vine videos, like Brian’s.
The small-work of celebrities like Kevin Bacon may occur through the same interfaces as the small-work of DIS Magazine’s user style icon Brian but not all of our small work pays the same dividends.
For any social media user, frequent updating is necessary in order to maintain interaction/attention- a cursory share, or hashtag on a topic is efficient, necessary or polite in some circumstances but from one interaction to another, etiquette shifts and the accountability that comes with is not the worst thing in the world. But etiquette is increasingly not the burden of the user…
While Bacon is a mascot for an existing relational theory, he is thoroughly subsumed into that system by surrendering to it, it’s almost poetic justice for the wild claim that he had worked with everyone in Hollywood that started it all out. Bacon Index draws out the melancholia associated with the ritual death Kevin Bacon the man and system goes through every time it is engaged, Kevin Bacon performing Marina Abramovic’s Rhythm 0.
Bacon Index takes existing cultural material and pushes it in a different direction with quite some dedication and in various ways. Emerging consumer markets who can enact cultural power and knowledge, youth issue. A resistance and compromise, mini hegemony. Although its clear perforating these systems, against their will/circumventing their UI would likely improve the service. Needing the resistant Other-
The interrelation of the theory and its illustration-
Bacon Index runs on a Tumblr, and-
Bacon Index reflects on User Ecstacy/ Optimization. Hysterical Index v Risk Aversion-
Although there is a sense of humour where they caption derivative imagery as notbacon- poking fun at their very Indexing.
Rosi Braidotti’s definition of the posthuman, differentiated but accountable, Rob Horning data selves and authenticity, authenticity as horrible scarcity politics hangover- leads onto normcore-
Normcore was transformed by its snowballing misinterpretation in clickbait style articles, and ends up lexically performing the original function of its definition, adapting to the environment in which it finds itself.
in “absolute subsumption” as jodi dean puts it, capitalism subsumes as much of the subject as it can for means of production, but what is left over is the fact of the subject’s body, a “toxic remainder”
the toxic remainder can be illusorily placated by identifying with the categories-of-difference generated and assigned (or coerced-into-being-chosen) by the algorithm
Charlie Gere’s anxiety about nonrelational, ever circling communities, creating new localities, whether or not this is good, networked horror or xenophobia. Toxic device-
Optimal performance event horizon, the social as amalgamous and anomolous amorphous, Normcore recognizes but feeds back into systems of affluence and homogeneity with poetic justice. Cohesion, consistency and bankable behaviour limit the boundless excesses of our energies because of toxic productivity toxic positivity- shoenice, we’re all shoenice, Ascetic behaviour Genevive Bailliue and Troemel’s athletic aesthetic. Toxic Positivity.
This should all be luke warm, or familiar, this information has been understood and accessible, there may be no revelations here, no synthetic black swans, an assemblage of existing images, theories and quotes, a conservation or awkward retrospective.
In some ways this wouldn’t at all be interesting but Bacon Index the streetwear brand, manages to conjure essayistic notions of economic, fashion and social media theory through this very specific Kevin Bacon Configuration.
There is an infinitely complex relationship between Post-War America and Japan in terms of cultural exchange, it is not easy or possible to succinctly discuss such an enormous set of relations.
Increasing invasive techno-facilitated forms of intimacy between brands and their consumers, make the distance and humour of irony a temporary coping mechanism which relieves tension, in this increasingly manic relationship.
Bacon Index is somewhat different, their devotion to this increasingly irrelevant actor comes across as neither ironic or entirely sincere, it is that exact devotional relationship that allows a user/consumer the room to think and feel.
Is simply performing the role of consumer how an individual portrays sincere dedication to a brand? Exceptional consumers, exceptional users.
A ‘Black Swan Event’ is a metaphor used to describe a surprising occurrence, which is rationalized after the fact. The concept is born of Economic Theory, developed by Nassim Nicholas Taleb from an earlier idea of ‘The Black Swan Problem’. ‘The Black Swan Problem’ originated from a piece of 16th century English folk ‘wisdom’ where all swans were assumed to be white so a black swan represented a sort of logical impossibility. This ‘Black Swan Problem; ultimately refers to the fragility of any system of thought based on the logical tool of falsification. [x]
Nassim’s concept differs in that it highlights that there are rare and major events defy normal historical, scientific, financial and technological explanation-Black Swan Events. Nassim notes the non-computability of them, according to small probabilities and the impact of biases which lead individuals to be blind to uncertainty and thusly unable to perceive/acknowledge these events.
Falsificationism thus strives for questioning, for falsification, of hypotheses instead of proving them… A world saturated with Simulacra and versioning, an abandoned quest, a struggle for sense-
‘I understand the Physics, I understand the dead Cat.’ The actor David Kang says earnestly playing Clive Park in the 2009 film A Serious Man.
Clive understands the metaphors used in his Physics lesson but not the practical maths of this class and thusly fails. Clive refuses to accept his grade, the character’s very conviction, and action according to that conviction, like many others in the film, only adds to the anxiety of his tutor Larry Gopnik, the protagonist, who attempts to find meaning as his otherwise ordinary life falls apart in increasingly bizarre and seemingly connected ways.
The Gopnik character seemed to suffer from a sort of acute Apophenia, the post-rationalizing and drawing of significance from patterns in data, that don’t sit comfortably with existing systems of human cognition. Forms of Apophenia are thought of as inferior or pseudosciences because they appear to be delusional.
Black Swan Theory bring back around to Trans-National /Economy/Fashion-
DIS Magazine attempted to test notions of accessibility and affordability by deterritorializing high art/fashion/objects, through their pop-up shop, DisOwn.
A sense of authenticity and individuality might seem germane to a streetwear brand’s image, but Bacon-Index challenge this with their nonchalant yet devoted commitment to Kevin Bacon- the man, the actor, the system of relation.
What is more, it’s not only socially acceptable that somebody modifies themselves for a context, its expected as opposed to it being symptomatic of inauthenticity.
Trend forecasting agency K-HOLE’s lifestyle concept ‘Normcore’ gained traction late last year through a few key articles. Most evaluated normcore as a totalizing move towards some hellish normative utopia but it could be viewed as a self-fulfilling simulation of consumer-activism/luddism.
- a sort of self-immunization towards spam, perhaps - but the proponents of malware, along with the user and platforms this plays out on, all adapt to one anothers moves. The onus is on the platforms and those pushing spam to outplay one another, the subservient user is a hapless pawn.
Individuals can create their own twitter bots which spontaneously post and interact via algorithms, configured to reproduce a semblance of the autonomous user’s actions. The results are often humorous and uncanny. Another way to contemplate this everyday threat is through status generators, which function similarly and let users safely negotiate the uncanny spam bot, devoid of agency.
The tendency to enjoy these abstract configurations of expression is also reminiscent of the pre-internet practices of Bibliomancy or Apophenia, whereby patterns are identified in otherwise unrelated data and imbued with meaning or significance. Both of these practices are considered pseudosciences, inauthentic. Are you able to detect patterns and signification before others, in the way one predicts or falls upon fashion trends, clickbait? How can an individual recognize otherwise untapped sources of meaning and significances, separate Spam from notSpam, Bacon from notBacon?
fuckin oliver laric n shit-
This leaves the user desiring to both become and obliterate the systems which have subjected them to these fantasies and trauma.