Posts Tagged ‘Antonin Artaud’

THE ZERO-DEGREE NOISELESSNESS OF DEATH: LECTIO IX-XII

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Lectio I-IV
Lectio V-VIII

Systemic limits to growth require that the inevitable recommencement of the solar trajectory scorches jagged perforations through such civilisations. The resultant ruptures cannot be securely assimilated to a metasocial homeostatic mechanism, because they have an immoderate, epidemic tendency. Bataille writes of ‘the virulence of death’. Expenditure is irreducibly ruinous because it is not merely useless but also contagious. Nothing is more infectious than the passion for collapse.

-Nick Land, “After the Law”

LECTIO IX: Beyond Novelty, Into The Uncanny
LECTIO X: Shame and the Texture of the Flesh
LECTIO XI: Artaud as Arrogance Without Ego
LECTIO XII: When Nothing is Real

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Mean Week is This Week What Does that Mean

Monday, October 25th, 2010

All writing is pigshit.

Theater of Cruelty to Myself

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

The French artist Orlan works in various mediums and has been prolific and provocative for years. Her most notorious work uses her body and surgery as an expression of art.

“I am the first,” Orlan claims, “to divert plastic surgery from its aim of improvement and rejuvenation.”

These are called “operation-performances.”

She took a digitized version of the “idealized feminine” face (her source material: Leonardo’s Mona Lisa, Botticelli’s Venus, Francois Pascal Simon Gerard’s Psyche, Gustav Moreau’s Europa) and then surgically altered her own face to create this image.

Nine plastic surgeries. She considers her works “sacrificial.” These performances were painful and potentially fatal.

Orlan’s website.

A new essay from Unzipping of Images…Orlan’s Operative: Provocation, Performance, Personhood