( a ) neologism: syn-site is a neologism for a contemporary understanding of site as entangled and mutable. It offers legs (utility) for both a part (JF) and a whole (non-zero others).
( b ) gesamtkunstwerk: syn-site is one person's act of tilting at
windmills syn-sites as a gesamtkunstwerk.
( c ) smeerp¹: syn-site is calling-a-nonsite-a-smeerp.
( d ) smeerp²: non-site, in turn, was calling-synecdoche-a-smeerp.
( e )
smeerp³: calling a rabbit a smeerp is a problem.
( f ) ...is a stretch...
( g ) ...but art is reaching, stretching, gesturing; is making connections to create constellations.
( h ) some
( i ) related yet sublated-or-other:
parasite, hypersite, hyperobject, nonspace, nonplace, site/non-site, synsight, syncite, knotsite, web-site, metaverse, smeerp, tangle.
in simple terms: a complex concept that describes a place or experience that's made up of many different elements, interactions, or perspectives, all happening at the same time. It's not tied to a single physical location, but can span across different places, including virtual or digital spaces. It can be thought of as a web of interconnected experiences and ideas, constantly changing and evolving.
in Robert Smithson's terms*: (a partially generated and generative theory) The Synsite (an entangled situating) is an inter-dimensional picture that is amorphous, and yet it represents an interweaving of actual and virtual sites (an amalgamation of the Pine Barrens Plains, ML-scene processing, and the hyper-saturated yellow-green of a pool of disintegrated oak pollen, for instance). It is by this inter-dimensional metaphor that one entangled situating can represent another entangled situating, which does not resemble it—thus The Synsite. To comprehend this language of situating is to appreciate the metaphor between the syntactical construct and the complex of ideas, permitting the former to operate as a inter-dimensional picture that doesn't look like a picture. ... Between the actual-virtual sites in their respective planes and The Synsite itself exists a metaphoric space of collapsible significance. Perhaps "travel" through this space is a boundless metaphor. Everything in and between the entangled situatings could transform into physical metaphorical material devoid of natural meanings or realistic assumptions. Let us say that one embarks on many fictitious journeys at once if one decides to seek the site of the Synsite. Each “journey” is invented, devised, artificial; one might call it a syn-trip to a site from a Synsite. Once one arrives at the “assembly,” one discovers that it is man-made in the form of a network, and that she mapped this network in an aesthetic and temporal entanglement rather than specific political or economic boundaries.
This revisited theory is currently collaborative but could be surrendered to the faceless corpus of AGI at any time. Like the sources they scrape, theories are also both used and abandoned. That theories are constant is dubious; that sources are singularly credited is increasingly doubtful. Vanished theories compose the dense data layers of countless LLMs.
in Johanna Flato's terms: an ever-evolving conceptual constellation, an entangled situating crystallized from a myriad of fragmented realities. Simultaneity and singularities dance in a swirling waltz of intertwined moments and spaces, each adding to the cacophony and harmony of this complex site. A syn-site is a living, breathing tapestry of the world, constantly rewriting its own narrative, always open to edits, always challenging what we have come to accept as static or fixed. It is a manifestation of a world that is anything but singular or isolated — it is a world that is complex, interwoven, and infinitely entangled.
in contemporary art terms: a "syn-site" is a conceptual space that encapsulates a multitude of experiences, observations, and interactions across various physical and digital locales. It is a dynamic, non-singular site that challenges conventional notions of place and situates itself within the discourse of network aesthetics. Drawing upon the theories of Robert Smithson, it re-works the concept of "site" to reflect the complexity and plurality of contemporary life and artistic practice. It is an artwork and a network, a space and a memory, an assertive threshold within the syntax of site. It is both a product and a critique of the interconnected, networked nature of the contemporary world, and serves as a tool for artists to explore the entanglements of the specific and the abstract, the internal and external, the actual and the virtual.
The future of dynamic, decentralized, and immersive digital spaces.
Decentralized: syn-site operates as a decentralized metaverse, bridging physical and digital realms. This dynamic space, where reality's boundaries blur, allows seamless transitions between real-world locations and virtual environments. Reminiscent of blockchain's decentralization, syn-site encapsulates simultaneous experiences, embodying the coexistence, evolution, and interaction of diverse elements within a networked space.
Agile: syn-site embodies agility. Like a living, breathing entity, it thrives on change and evolution, much like an Agile development team. A syn-site integrates various participants, locations, and perspectives to achieve common goals, adapting and responding to shifts in environments and conditions.
Boundaryless: syn-site exemplifies a boundaryless platform, a site where traditional barriers dissolve. It evolves continuously, adapting and reshaping itself, incorporating new components, and reconfiguring existing ones. Its boundaryless nature empowers users, encouraging active participation and co-creation within this decentralized domain.
Syn-site is not just a place, it's an experience! It marries the power of blockchain technology, the adaptability of Agile methodologies, and the boundaryless nature of modern platforms. Syn-site represents the future of spatial interaction, a quantum leap in the evolution of digital spaces. Welcome to Syn-site, where every place, thought, or dream you've ever had can coexist, interact, and create new experiences. It's not just a site, it's a universe!
in fun terms: (exuberant): a "syn-site" is like a superhero of spaces, not stuck in one place or time but zooming across different locations and experiences, both real and virtual. It can be anywhere and everywhere, all at once, juggling a bazillion different things. Picture a super-charged, ultra-connected web of experiences that's constantly evolving and changing. It's like the ultimate party where everyone and everything is invited, from real-world objects to digital ideas, all interacting and influencing each other in a cosmic dance! (whimsical): imagine every place you've ever been, every dream you've ever had, every idea that's ever tickled your brain, all gathered together for a grand cosmic potluck. Each brings their own flavor, their own story, their own essence, creating a delightful, surprising, and sometimes bewildering mélange. That's a syn-site: a cosmic kitchen where reality's recipes get remixed, and the menu is always changing!
in experimental terms: a verb-noun concatenation reflecting an active process embedded within, affecting, and affected by site. This hybridity of site calls attention to itself as a self-aware mirage in its hyphenated construct. An ever-evolving entity, it is an entangled situating conjured in approximation, constantly pulled taut, presented, released, and re-presented.
in pseudoscientific terms: A dynamic phenomenon which manifests in the compounding reconfiguration of fragments from selves, sites, and associations. It activates at the intersection of disparate elements, forming a crystallized, collaborative consciousness akin to a superposition state in quantum mechanics, where the specific and the abstract, the internal and external, the actual and the virtual, the organic and the synthetic exist simultaneously.
in dictionary terms: (noun): an entangled, non-singular locus of experience, exchange, environment, observation, objects, or relationships, crystallized in a networked space, actual or virtual, marked by simultaneity, plurality, and potentiality. (verb): the act of synchronizing or integrating multiple disparate locations or concepts into a unified, complex space. This process involves the recognition and active engagement with the overlapping, entangled realities of these sites, effectively creating a new, dynamic, and non-singular site. The usage of "site" as a verb in this context is an extension of its standard usage to refer to positioning or placing something, but here it refers to positioning or placing within a conceptual, multi-layered space.