Archive for the ‘ Aesthetics ’ Category

Hyper-Reality, Challenge, Ritual and the Negative Exchange

  1. “Production only accumulates, without deviating from its end. It replaces all illusions with just one, its own, which becomes the reality principle.” (Baudrillard, 2001, p. 84)

    Hyper-reality: In his essay Simulacra and Science Fiction, Baudrillard plots the diminishing distance between Continue reading

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Rape Culture: Extreme Pornography / Extreme Sexuality (Part 2)

“The steak? The steak!? What about the sole?! I’ll scalp ya…” (Dennis Potter – Secret Friends)

Extreme Pornography

Pornography: the explicit description or display of sexual organs/activities, intended to stimulate sexual arousal.

Obscenity: identified in England by its capacity to ‘deprave or corrupt’ a significant number of people that come into contact with it; hence obscenity turns on the notion of a public good or Continue reading

Rape Culture: Extreme Pornography / Extreme Sexuality (Part 1)

“When the world knows beauty as beauty, ugliness arises
When it knows good as good, evil arises
Thus being and non-being produce each other”
(Laozi, Tao Te Ching)
Today, there is much talk about ‘rape culture’: about whether or not it exists; about whether or not it elides with ‘rape fantasy’; about whether Continue reading

Against Analysis

“To produce is to force what belongs to another order (that of secrecy and seduction) to materialize.” (Baudrillard, Forget Foucault, pg. 37)

Preamble

The following is a reflection on a tendency of modern, techno- informational capitalist societies: the tendency to ‘analyse’, become ‘self-conscious’, to ‘decide’ or ‘choose’. It is a tendency which is demonstrated in David Foster-Wallace’s This is Water commencement speech and its character is exampled by the following excerpt:

“’Learning how to think’ really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think. It means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience.” (David Foster-Wallace, This is Water, 8:10)

As a background, it is worth noting that Continue reading

Digital Mythologies / Digital Plagues – (Part 3)


”He’d always wanted to become quantum dust, transcending his body mass, the soft tissue over the bones, the muscle and fat. The idea was to live outside the given limits on a disk, in a chip, as data in whirl, in radiant spin, a consciousness saved from the void. The technology was imminent, or not; it was semi-mythical; it was the natural next step; it would never happen, it is happening now. An evolutionary advance that needed only the practical mapping of the nervous system onto digital memory […] But his pain interfered with his immortality. It was crucial to his distinctiveness. Too vital to be bypassed and not susceptible, he didn’t think, to computer emulation. The things that made him who he was could hardly be identified, much less converted to data. The things that lived and milled in his body, everywhere, random, riotous billions of trillions, in neurons and peptides, the throbbing temple-vein, in the veer of his libidinous intellect. So much come and gone. This is who he was. The lost taste of milk licked from his mother’s breast, the stuff he sneezes when he sneezes. This is him. And how a person becomes the reflection he sees in a dusty window when he walks by. He’d come to know himself, untranslatably, through his pain.” (Don DeLillo, Cosmopolis)


“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” (Albert Einstein, notice in his Princeton office)

Irrational Value

It is interesting that Continue reading

Sex, Involvement and the Spirit of Contraction (Part 1)

A Spirit of Contraction

In a 2012 interview with The Guardian, Alan Moore described the 1960s as ‘euphoric’ and ‘expansive’. If this was the case, then the two short films the interview set out to promote – Act of Faith and Jimmy’s End (films made with Mitch Jenkins and intended to make up a larger series) can be described as ‘disphoric’ and ‘contractive’. Continue reading

Digital Mythologies / Digital Plagues (Part 2)

The Text and a Context for Prosumption

To give meaning to a text, it shouldn’t simply entertain you; it should be allowed to interweave itself inextricably into the fabric of your life. To this extent, the text still lives – Continue reading