I don’t know this philosopher, Avital Ronell apparently teaching at NYU, either but appreciate her discussion about meaning cf 2:45
let it live !!!
from documentary Examined Life, 2008
I don’t know Thomaas Weiskel but just read a passage from him that was supa interesting and eye-opening:
[…] the mind is overwhelmed, but because this state has been associated with gratification it is unconsciously and irresistibly attractive. This is why a diffuse melancholy predisposes to the sublime. The melancholic is in need of ‘narcissistic supplies’ - self-esteem - from his superego, in which an original deprivation is likely to have been institutionalized. The sublime appearance promises an over abundance of stimulation. At any rate, we see that the Oedipal formaton with all its vagaries and derivatives is superimposed upon an original ambivalence, a rapid alternation of attraction and repulsion. Our ine of though postulates a wish to be inundated and a simultaneous anxiety of annihilation: to survive, as it were, the ego must go ono the offensive and cease to be passive. This movement from passive to active is technically a reaction formation, and the Oedipal configuration we have remarked thus apppears as itself a defence against the original wish. The wish to be inundated is reversed into a wish to possess.
To put it sequentially: the excessive object excites a wish to be inundates, which yields an anxiety of incoporation; this anxiety is met by a reaction formation against the wish which precipitates a recapitulation of this Oedipus complex; this in turn yields a feeling of guilt (superego anxciety) and is resolved through identification (introjection). How can a process evdiently so complicated yield delight?
The more-or-less voluntary inrojection - swallowing, as it were, on one’s own terms -would in effect defuse the components of oral masochism which presents itself as the point of origin for the negative sublime.
BRIGITTE HELM in METROPOLIS 1927
The Aleph album is my current milk and honey album
Also take a quick look at the short story “The Aleph” by Jorge Luis Borges; was written in his later years, before he went blind I think!
MOUSSE magazine, interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist of Nigerian artist Otobong Nkanga
'Raised in a universe where performance comes naturally, that of a native Nigerian, the artist investigates themes of absence, loss through her practice. Her drawings, installations, photographs, videos and sculptures examine the idea of the earth, the place, the mutable relationship of individuals with realities distant '
Jeff Koons @ The Whitney Museum; crabby expo, maximalist. Too much. Over the top. Not my preference right now. (Also featured other works from other artists Oldenburg, Johns, Smith)