Supertasking is a term in physics that refers to traveling faster than the speed of light, which is, for all practical and scientific purposes, impossible. A time machine would be required that could cover an infinite span of time, forwards or backwards, within a finite period. In computational terms, it would mean determining the entire infinite decimal span in a finite number of computational steps. A normal computer, such as we have today, and such as Alan Turing had in 1954 when he began to postulate a theory of supertasking, would never stop calculating, and therefore never reach an answer.
In terms of pop science, these questions are resolved in the myths about space travel, bending time and space, the idea that the astronaut in space exists in a different relationship to time than those of us on the surface of Earth. If she were to travel faster than the speed of light, she could come back to the surface, decompress a bit, have a shower and a meal, and then go to the seashore to watch herself touch down.
Supertasking is about being in transit - first waiting, then embarking, riding, and finally leaving the surface. We will never move faster than the speed of light, or even the speed of cognition. Our bodies may seem fixed in earthly space and time, but we float continuously between past and future, memories mapping themselves onto one another, perceptions never still, bodies always transit, life in progress.
A portrait of poet Eileen Myles as she reads from her novel "Cool For You" and goes about the day in her East Village pad. Features the excellent pooch, Rosie, as well as music by Azalia Snail and by The Butchies.
Portrait of the great San Francisco author and poet Leslie Scalapino recorded at a house on the Bard College campus in upstate New York. Leslie Scalapino reads from her work "As: All Occurrence in Structure Unseen - (Deer Night).
My Failure to Assimilate is an essay and a documentary examining the failure of society to accept feminist ideologies to a point where feminism could have an appreciable, lasting or functional effect on the lives of ordinary women as a class. This video represents a deeply personal expression of liberation as well as frustration, and draws conclusions about feminism, love, and sex from personal experience.
Named Best Documentary at the Turin Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, 1996.