[-empyre-] concerning Ayotzinapa, and more Antigone's bones

Murat Nemet-Nejat muratnn at gmail.com
Sun Nov 9 08:38:58 EST 2014


Yest, I'm sure it is true. Isaac doesn't utter a single word. He is least
gifted in speech in the Bible (perhaps along with Moses, the stutterer).
Most Old Testament figures live half in silence, think of Job, with the
exception of the glibness of Jacob who outwits father and brother, or
Aaron, the compromiser. In *Genesis* everyone is unbearably laconic, in
other words imbued in silence, including God. Elegies, prayers, psalms,
songs, incantations occur later.

"Incantation" is speech, takes place within community. Silence points to
the distant there, alien other, for instance all through and the ending of
"Aux Hazard, Balthazar," to the animal (its suffering of violence) and even
to the cyborg, the mineral.


Wall is a discovery.

While wall weaves a wealth of dreams

it keeps itself out.

it has chosen loneliness.    ...

keeps far of everything.

It doesn’t share the house.

While windows, doors, balconies, rooms, ceilings, closets live rubbing
shoulders with each other, it is, as if, the stranger in the house.

A Penelope.
It keeps looking down
without complaint.
Not to reveal itself it hides its neck, its shape,
disposes of all its corners, erases its sharp points
and brings down its weight (the weight which is a wall) to zero.
One can’t say the wall really desires this
(who wishes loneliness?).
There must be a compensation for it in the wall’s eye,
but we will never know it.
Wall doesn’t smile.     (Ilhan Berk)



On Sat, Nov 8, 2014 at 3:00 PM, Johannes Birringer <
Johannes.Birringer at brunel.ac.uk> wrote:

> ----------empyre- soft-skinned space----------------------
> yes.
> it is hard to maintain any composure, I also trembled when I read and felt
> sick to my stomach, and it was a different reaction to seeing images (say,
> of ISIS, or conflict areas in Iraq, Syria, Palestine, or the ghostly
> scenario in East Ukraine).
> I merely read.  And just read Ana being at the funeral.
> It was different to September 11, and I will comment on Simon's
> experience, and his visit to Hiroshima some other time, as it moved me a
> lot what he said about the locals ("They seemed to acknowledge with their
> smiles that a typhoon is a natural way to die"). It moved me deeply, in
> most complex contradictory feelings remembered, mixed up, admittingly, from
> my location in german countryside September 11 (not knowing what
> Stockhausen, composer of 28-hour long performance cycle LICHT (Light) would
> say later), in the moment of rupture or interruption. Rusto Bharucha
> mentions it as well, when he speaks of a second of jubilation confused with
> visceral horror and grief, anguish.
> The sons are dead. Raven gone.
> Murat, thank you for your comments, most alarming perspectives of violence
> (subjectivities of power) you describe, but the silence of the lamb, is
> that true?  Isaac's lament?
> or is it always the preserve of the survivors to lament (Monika Weiss,
> invited to speak about her artwork back in the 2012 debate on "Pain,
> Suffering, and Death in the Virtual" brilliantly
> articulated her understanding of lamentation)?
> Here is Monika:
> >>I think of Lament also as a form,incantation, return, calling, echoing,
> hence my use of Lament's ABA format. The pollution that happens when the
> two worlds cross and merge, then and now, dead and alive. I think of Lament
> as enunciation and as anamnesis, also as a direct sibling of historical
> memory which, when real and subversive, is capable of undoing power, to
> some extent. That's why my work has been gradually [over the last 10 years
> or so] moving towards a focus on the idea of a City, specifically City's
> memory and City as a martyr.....>>
> lest we confuse rupture with rapture. but Stockhausen obviously,
> carelessly, evoked the Sublime.
> thank you
> Johannes
> [Alan schreibt]
> oh God, Johannes, how can anyone really 'deal' with this? how could the
> students, Mexico, anyone? I'm sitting here in tears and we're talking
> analytically online and we have to, I just don't always have the
> resources.
> humans do hell to each other, this is just awful, the worst because it's
> breaking now.
> - Alan, thank you for posting
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