[-empyre-] moins en plus
swht at clear.net.nz
Mon Dec 1 09:50:35 EST 2008
Is there a form of social conflict which is not terrorism and not
capable of being delayed and repeated - represented - and which does not
exemplify, provide a situation, a theatre for operations - with the
suffering of people serving as backdrop to an 'empty space,' from which
bursts of monologue?
And this is not to ask again whether terrorist acts serve as backdrop to
capitalism, seen as some kind of homogeneous system of the world, in the
theatrum mundi ... but to get at what Simon Biggs called 'complicity.'
Media work in what Deleuze called a theatre of repetition, reliant on
recognition, the habit of the first passive synthesis. Acts / encounters
which aim to break the deadlock, rock the status quo, engender thought,
lose / have lost particularity in what used to be the anodyne of media
commentary and is now the acid bath. They are habitual and become
general. Virilio's image, his analogon, is that they are total, turning
the mirror on the work of art, on aesthesis, to give us the full
immersion media-experience of their Ganzfeld virtuality. This gaze is
Where I mean to draw attention to a 'complicity' is not only with the
Image of thought-as-representation, rather than Deleuze's
thought-of-thought, of the media and its (re)mediation of spectacular
terrorism, but also with art - as a disctinction-without-difference. I
mean that the Crisis of Representation has left us with this legacy on
the one hand and that on the other we have the past-futurity, the
futurism, of a global Crisis of Values, which rests on the complicity of
art, capital and terror, to the power of a 'triplicity,' and is that
show in which this triunity is spectacularly confirmed.
In the circle of repetition of the selfsame there is no drama because it
consists in what Neal Stephenson called a 'consensus cluster.' Conflict
resolves before it arises: and its resolution is High Definition. The
Society of the Spectacle ... is also this ... is also that ... terror /
capital ... art / terror ... art / capital ... in endless combination,
at rates of oscillation and substitution (exemplification) invisible to
the naked eye ...
... another sense is needed, beyond the habitual five, or six - the
sixth being death, in which the creative act shall have no dominion - in
answer to the problem of light which is faster than light.
Verena Conley wrote:
> Nice comparison between a colonial hotel (built in 1905) and a Roman
> media coliseum and thanks for the comments on replays and repetitions.
> Interesting too how the terrorists hit a lot of non-places and how the
> symbol of the colonial hotel has evolved. This is not to take anything
> away from the terror of the situation and the suffering of innocent
> Speaking of suffering, do go to "Pogrom, Gujarat, India, 2002." There
> is an especially good article from the Guardian (March 2007). The
> numbers, facts and horrific details are staggering. Also, the
> non-coverage at the time.
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