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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 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

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

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

Some Problems in the Aesthetics of Immersion (Part 2)


Doctor: “Another tape involves physical coercion – actually holding the child down: ‘You’re holding a pretty girl down as you eat her. You can feel your dick getting hard.’”
Lotringer: “Actually…”
Doctor: “What?”
Lotringer: “Nothing. I’m sorry.”
Doctor: “Another tape involves sadistic coercion, tying the child down, hitting him hard, making him bleed: ‘You’ve stuck a water hose up a girl’s cunt, and you’re turning on the water full force. She’s begging you to stop.’”
Lotringer: “My God!”

(Lotringer, Overexposed, p.61, bolding mine.)

Too Bored to Fuck

The above dialogue is of a doctor in an early CBT[1] clinic explaining their method for measuring the arousal of patients to certain stimuli. The clinic was run by Dr. Seymour Sachs, an early pioneer in behavioural therapy, and focuses primarily on sex offenders and sexual deviants. The ‘method’ being described is Continue reading

Some Problems in the Aesthetics of Immersion (Part 1)

From the spectacular to the Experiential

  1. Spectacular art – that is, art where there is an object and a viewer – is losing a certain efficacy and function. Even installation art has the deadened quality of 2-dimensional art, artistic efficacy now shifting from the spectacular to the experiential or immersive. Pollock worked from ‘the floor’ Continue reading