Posts Tagged ‘ Impulse ’

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

Rape Culture: Extreme Pornography / Extreme Sexuality (Part 3.2)

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Extreme Sexuality 2

“’But I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.’

‘In fact,’ said Mustapha Mond, ‘you’re claiming the right to be unhappy. Not to mention the right to grow old and ugly and impotent; the right to have syphilis and cancer, the right to have too little to eat; the right to be lousy; the right to live in constant apprehension of what may happen tomorrow; the right to catch typhoid; the right to be tortured by unspeakable pains of every kind.’ There was a long silence.

‘I claim them all,’ said the Savage at last.” (Aldous Huxley, Brave New World)

And:

“’Did you eat something that didn’t agree with you?’ asked Bernard.

The Savage nodded. ‘I ate civilization.’

‘What?’

‘It poisoned me; I was defiled. And then,’ he added, in a lower tone, ‘I ate my own wickedness.’” (Aldous Huxley, Brave New World)

Anti-pleasure and the Negative Sex

The principle of repression-liberation that works to energize, reveal and politically/socially engage various identities is fundamentally productive.[1] In fact, that the world is seen in terms of repression-liberation at all is itself a consequence of the productive gaze – that is, a gaze which seeks to Continue reading

The Organ with No Body (Part 4.0)

“The hermit turns his back on the world and refuses to have anything to do with it. But one can do more than this: one can try to recreate the world, to build another in its place, one in which the most intolerable features are eliminated and replaced by others that accord with one’s desires. As a rule, anyone who takes this path to happiness, in a spirit of desperate rebellion, will achieve nothing. Reality is too strong for him. He will become a madman and will find nobody to help him realize his delusion.” (Freud, Civilisation and Its Discontents,pg. 23)

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Re-contextualizing Art and Evil

The virtual world is Evil, unreasonable and tends towards Continue reading

The Organ with No Body: Towards Virtual Worlds – Part 2

Part 2: The Organ with No Body

“The strangeness will wear off and I think we will discover the deeper meanings in modern art.” – (Jackson Pollock)

In his book, Understanding Media, McLuhan argues that our concentration on images and sounds, which has been intensified by TV, radio and cinema, leads to a reorganization of our sense ratios, mixing and mingling our sensual inputs within the whole nervous system more generally:

“For good or ill, the TV image has Continue reading

Murdoch: Void Art

  1. In an episode of Channel 4’s 10 o’Clock Live,Charlie Brooker made reference to the scandal surrounding ‘sexist’ remarks made by Sky Sport’s presenters Andy Gray and Richard Keys. Brooker held up a Sun newspaper and presented the front page:

    Sun
    (Article calling for the removal of both presenters
    Pic: Sian Massey, lineswoman target of remarks)

    This page Brooker referred to, half in earnest and half in jest, Continue reading

The Negative Exchange

And my heart took fright – to envy some poor man
Who ran in frenzy to the sheer abyss
Who, drunk with the pulsing of his blood, preferred
Grief to death and hell to nothingness.

(Baudelaire, Translation taken from Benjamin, Illuminations,pg. 176.)

Definition

In an earlier piece we identified two types of impulse exchange – The Positive Exchange and the Negative Exchange. We suggested that Negative Exchange was based on one’s potential to lose, or be destroyed/consumed by another; Continue reading

Violence and Involvement – The Electric Dionysus – (Part 3)

BDSM: Violence and Involvement – Some Tendencies of Electric Love

Frank Booth: “You receive a love-letter from me, you’re fucked forever! You understand, fuck?!” – the speeding car, the sucking on amyl nitrite, the constancy of the rage, mixing roles between Daddy, Mummy, the child and the adult, Frank Booth is Continue reading