Tuesday, 24 November 2009

anthropometamorphosis

















Bulwer’s Artificial Changling

Anthropometamorphosis: = man transform'd: or, the artificiall changling : historically presented, in the mad and cruell gallantry, foolish bravery, ridiculous beauty, filthy finenesse, and loathsome loveliness of most nations, fashioning and altering their bodies from the mould intended by nature; with figures of those transfigurations. To which artificiall and affected deformations are added, all the native and nationall monstrosities that have appeared to disfigure the humane fabrick. With a vindication of the regular beauty and honesty of nature. And an appendix of the pedigree of the English gallant. Scripsit J.B. cognomento chirosophus.

John Bulwer's Anthropometamorphosis is essentially a how-not-to book, guiding the reader toward Englishness by cataloguing, as antitypes, non-English practices involving the manipulation of the body (including tattooing, piercing, tongue-splitting, neck-stretching, and earlobe elongation). The English body that implicitly emerges as normative (because "natural" and untouched) is equally invented as an ethnographic body.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Friday, 20 November 2009

Monday, 16 November 2009

extinct























Paintings on paper made from photographic images of animals now extinct.

Quagga, Equus quagga quagga, 12 August 1883
Tarpan, Equus ferus ferus, 1887
Bubal Hartebeest, Alcelaphus buselaphus buselaphus, 9 November 1923
Syrian Wild Ass, Equus hemionus hemippus, 1928
Tasmanian Tiger, Thylacinus cynocephalus, 7 September 1936
Schomburgk’s Deer, Cervus schomburgki, 1938
Caribbean Monk Seal, Monachus tropicalis, 1952

To make Covenant with bruit Beasts, is impossible; because not understanding our speech, they understand not, nor accept any translation of Right; not can translate any Right to another; and without mutuall acceptation, there is no Covenant.

Hobbes, Leviathan, p.77.

Sunday, 15 November 2009

searching for holes in paintings



both from met

The Blinding

Matisse was terribly disturbed; he had tried to turn himself into a Cubist and all he got out of the "methods of modern construction" was a polysemic profusion, a confusion of levels of reality, a growing illegibility.

On Matisse: The Blinding: For Leo Steinberg
Author(s): Yve-Alain Bois and Greg Sims
Source: October, Vol. 68 (Spring, 1994), pp. 60-121

Aus des Werkstatt Henri Matisse

Hans Purrmann informs us that the artist [Matisse] had a real horror of "holes" in paintings, and that he would go to the Louvre with Marquet to track down just such faults in the canvases
of the masters (they are said to have abandoned this little game when faced with the prospect of seeing the whole history of Western painting deflate like a balloon before their very eyes).

moa diorama























there's nothing natural in the natural history museum Robert Smithson attr.

gotthard schuh

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

livia's room

Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Horsefall at work on the background of the Wild Turkey Habitat Group, North American Bird Hall

cheshire cats

ravishing beasts
Lion heads photographed by the nineteenth-century hunter, explorer, and Staff Intelligence Officer Guy C. Dawnay in 1876. Dawnay’s love of hunting eventually proved fatal: Dawnay was killed by a wounded buffalo on a hunting expedition to east Africa in 1888





















....basically around six paradigms of jouissance linked to imaginary (jouissance of (mis)recognition in image) symbolic (language 'cuts-up / cuts-out' jouissance making it unavailable) real (jouissance is there, outside in das Ding, outside language - see Sem VII - ethics of psychoanalysis, here jouissance is both linked to the 'good' but this is what burns if you get to close - jouissance est mal) drive (jouissance in object a around which drive circulates) in language itself (as remainder, as surplus-jouissance, linked to surplus-value - see seminar 'the other side of psychoanalysis - jouissance both not-there, but also a stain on the bottom of the signifiers heel, which it cannot get rid of) as feminine jouissance (versus phallic masturbatory jouissance, also in language again as lalangue - lalanguage...) Monsieur F.S.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Hobbes, Leviathan, p.77:























To make Covenant with bruit Beasts, is impossible; because not understanding our speech, they understand not, nor accept any translation of Right; not can translate any Right to another; and without mutuall acceptation, there is no Covenant.