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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

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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

Violence and Involvement: The Electric Dionysus – (Part 2)

Bataille: The Electric Dionysus

Georges Bataille was perhaps one of the first to feel the weight of this problem – the chaffing effect of mechanical reason on the instantaneous electric man. In his book on eroticism, Continue reading

The Erasure of Sex from Transgressive Eroticism

“Sex is just an iota removed from a wank” – Richey Edwards

In the present, given the free-for-all nature of sex – sex post-sexual liberation, sex beyond shame and the facade of ‘social decency’ – the sexual act has collapsed into a sort of meaningless transparent. In a present everywhere Continue reading

“Not Ever” – Impulse Exchange

Prior to seeing the above ad, I’d thought “She’s askin’ for it” to be one of the most erotically potent sentences in the English language. After the ad, I now realise it’s Continue reading

Conflict Narrative: We, the Ann Summers Dildo

“A situationist sisterhood of Jackie and Joan
Separates us the question without a home.”
(Manic Street Preachers: Jackie Collins Existential Question Time)

Modern life, at its surface, is boring. ‘The relationship’ too – post sexual liberation and the proliferation of conflict/impulse narratives – Continue reading

Lady Gaga (The Iconic Medium)

“Madonna is desperately seeking a body able to generate illusion, a naked body consumed by its own appearance. She would like to be naked, but she never manages it. She is perpetually harassed, if not by leather and metal, then by the obscene desire to be naked, by the artificial mannerism of exhibition. But this produces total inhibition and, for the spectator, radical frigidity. So, paradoxically she ends up personifying the frenetic frigidity of our age.” (Baudrillard, The Perfect Crime p. 127)

Prior to reading Camille Paglia’s ‘explosive’ article on Lady Gaga, I thought I’d have to work to bring out every interesting motif in Gaga’s work. As it happens, Continue reading