unwilling complicity

This is quite grotesque. It was written by Slavoj Zizek, an it is part of a discussion on distinguishing true emotion form the false, and true dignity,that elusive chalice, from the pre-digested, packaged clutter of modern life, known as kitsch. I guess its what transpires when there is a disruption in the formula in transforming complex emotions into a trouble-free paradise, ending up in the land of pretend, the moral conspiracy that obscures and darkens:

For Adorno and Horkheimer, this, of course, is the perfect metaphor of the fate of Reason based on the repression of nature in itself: his body, the part of nature in the subject, fully feels the pain, it is only that, due to repression, the subject does not remember it. Therein resides the perfect revenge of nature for our domination over it: unknowingly, we are our own greatest victims, butchering ourselves alive… Isn’t it also possible to read this as the perfect fantasy scenario of inter-passivity, of the Other Scene in which we pay the price for our active intervention into the world? There is no active free agent without this fantasmatic support, without this Other Scene in which he is totally manipulated by the Other. A sado-masochist willingly assumes this suffering as the access to Being….

Piero Manzoni. Read More:http://www.artnet.de/magazine/the-triumph-of-shit/images/9/

…Perhaps, it is along these lines that one can also explain the obsession of Hitler’s biographers with his relationship to his niece Geli Raubal who was found dead in Hitler’s Munich appartment in 1931, as if the alleged Hitler’s sexual perversion will provide the “hidden variable,” the intimate missing link, the fantasmatic support that would account for his public personality — here is this scenario as reported by Otto Strasser: “/…/ Hitler made her undress /while/ he would lie down on the floor. Then she would have to squat down over his face where he could examine her at close range, and this made him very excited. When the excitement reached its peak, he demanded that she urinate on him, and that gave him his pleasure.” Crucial is here the utter passivity of Hitler’s role in this scenario as the fantasmatic support that pushed him into his frenetically destructive public political activity — no wonder Geli was desperate and disgusted at these rituals. Read More:http://www.egs.edu/faculty/slavoj-zizek/articles/the-matrix-or-two-sides-of-perversion/

---Paul McCarthy. ---How long I’ve tried to clean away this folly! But everything’s still dirty. It’s impossible! -- The Proctophantasmist in Goethe’s Faust, Part I--- Read More:http://www.artnet.de/magazine/the-triumph-of-shit/images/10/

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