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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

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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

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 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