Shipwreck Theory notes by Daniel McIntrye

These notes were dished at a celebration and retrospective of Mike’s work (plus the launch of Mike’s book Disasterologies) at the Monarch Tavern in Toronto on July 17, 2016. “You can never be sure when you’ll wind up in peril.” Perhaps, the most ominous line from a conversation transcribed, I wonder if it should read…
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Retrospective screening notes (July 2016)

Pleasure Dome Sunday July 17, 2016 Monarch Tavern, Toronto In February 2014 we lost our friend and long time fringe movie artist Mike Cartmell to cancer. His son Sam has been digging into his archives ever since, and has uncovered a secret website, mysterious writings, and a trove of never released movies which will be…
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Faulker archive (1993)

Here are four essays/fragments about William Faulker’s 1936 novel Absalom, Absalom!, written as part of Mike’s master thesis hopes at the University of Buffalo. He was working with prof Neil Schmitz. After the recent discovery of these writings Neil wrote to Mike’s son Sam: “You’ve retrieved the Faulkner archive of fragments. These papers were different…
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Dear Mike (2006)

(this is an email to Mike Hoolboom from Mike Cartmell. He writes about “the project” meaning: Shipwreck Theory) Dear Mike I appreciate talking to you about this stuff. I think my life has been so narrowed for so long, with so much a fretful focus on this project (or on “THE PROJECT,” of which this…
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Jonathan Edwards/Odalisque: a decoupage (1993)

Sometimes, only mentioning a single word caused my heart to burn within me//The sweetest joys and delights I have experienced//I have often since had not only a conviction/but a delightful conviction//exceedingly pleasant, bright, and sweet//I felt a burning desire//I had an eager thirsting//a more constant delight and pleasure// //I found no books so delightful to…
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Sublimation Thing (1993)

…the Trieb implies in itself the advent of the signifier.1 ♦ In writing I would like to make myself heard, to have the reader hear my voice in the tourings of its particularity, its style. In Encore Lacan writes: If there is something that can introduce us to the dimension of writing as such, it…
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Some Vocal Current Electric: Melville’s Faith (1993)

FROM THE SINKING WHALEBROW I read you – you recognize me, heaven hurls itself into the harpoon Paul Celan “Do you know anything about your beginnings?” ♦ I was discovered abandoned in the emergency waiting area of the newly-built Henderson General Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario in the early summer of 1952. The birthdate inscribed on…
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