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CLOUDBUSTING


A cloud is a visible mass of condensed water. Clouds make shadows, dim, incite gloom or worry. The cloud also refers to a storage device, digital data saved in logical pools. Named for Wilhelm Reich’s controversial cloudbuster, a machine which attempted to alter atmospheric energy, Cloudbusting is a column by Emmalea Russo exploring memory, desire, death, light, and energy under digitized late capitalism. Each installment thinks through machine-mediated experiences with an eye towards the uncapturable, the obscure, the not-easily-assimilable cloudy remainders that trouble vision, storage, and logic. For inquiries email Emmalea Russo: emmalearusso@gmail.com.




September 25, 2021

THE DAZZLING
By EMMALEA RUSSO


Ingmar Bergman’s The Passion of Anna (1969) shows a disintegrating relationship between Anna (Liv Ullman) and Andreas (Max von Sydow) in disjointed associative leaps. The present fills with residues of a past catastrophe which haunts Anna as an ominous future horror hangs over the film like another film. Mind and world deteriorates...

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August 27, 2021

UDIGESTED FRAGMENTS: EROTIC GOO AND ABSENT MESSAGES
By EMMALEA RUSSO


I’m in a blue-lit room sitting near a beautiful stranger. We’ve communicated digitally, though his dream presence has a different resonance and texture. I notice new things about Dream Stranger in this dreamscape. For instance: he has a revolutionary message embroidered on his jeans. I’ve seen the message in a documentary, perhaps...

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