Friday, July 31, 2020

The Willy-Mina Adventures (Erlebnisse): Is life itself professional? PLUS Derrida & Max Stirner, Sylvia Leclercq

Image de la Vierge (Sylvia Leclercq, Theresa mon amour) plus le sacrifice d'Abraham (Rembrandt/Derrida, Donner la mort);
Exorcismo Negro (José Mojica Marins, 1974);
Code Morel & One Hundred Forty Nine Inches (montage A/Z, for more see here);

"... je dirais qu'il décrit d'abord l'incorporation platonicienne du mystère démonique et de l'irresponsabilité orgiaque. Ne peut-on aller plus loin et dire que cette incorporation est à son tour refoulée par un certain christianisme?"
"Telle serait l'Unheimlichkeit du Geheimnis et il nous faudrait interroger systématiquement la portée de ce concept de Unheimlichkeit."
Jacques Derrida (Donner la mort)
"... this is the deep contradiction in the demonic, and in a certain sense there is infinitely more goodness in a demonic than in shallow people."
Kierkegaard (Fear and Trembling, Sylvia Walsh's translation)

Thomas Mann & Willy-Mina:

"... and nature is an equivocal element: im­pure, obscene, spiteful, daemonic..."
"... the mediumistic faculty, however genuine, is no guarantee of good character..."
"It is not hard to see why science, which sets store by exact values, is at home in the dry, objective air of the laboratory and used to purely abstract work with apparatus and prepared subjects, should feel put off with this all too human kind of experimentation. It is the same with the layman. He has come keyed up to a suggestive atmosphere and a mood of consecration and mystery. He is disappointed to find himself in a situation which probably disgusts him both intellectually and aesthetically, suggesting as it does the mawkish revival methods of the Salvation Army."
"The one mystical thing about the situationand that not in any spiritual sense, but with reference to organic mysteries, primitive and af­fecting at onceis the medium himself, as he tosses and threshes with his arms, whispering in quick groans and pants: he is the primary object of my curiosity."
"Let me with­draw within myself and try to divine where may be the point, when the magical moment, in which a dream-picture objectivates itself and becomes a spatial reality, before the eyes of other people. Nausea. Clearly this point does not lie within the plane of our consciousness, or of the laws of knowledge as we know them. If anywhere, it is located in that state in which I see this lad now before me, and which is certainly a gate-whither? Behind the house, behind the world? But I admit that this is not thinking at allonly a mild form of seasickness."
"What a playful monster! We all laugh. But it is not amuse­ment we feel, rather a sort of sinking sensation at the chill­ing arrogance of this something or other which is perhaps only a distressingly complicated kind of humbug. But, as I said, a civilized. It did not throw the music-box in my face, but tactfully chose one of the soft little rings. People have had their ears boxed, and other practical jokes have been played, such as unlacing boots... an indication of good sense and decent feeling. On the other hand, they do unmistakably tend to become demoralized, to play silly tricks and make unmotivated displays of strength."
"And, on my honour, the writing machine begins to click, there on the floor. This is insane. Even after all we have already seen, it is in the highest degree startling, bewildering, ridiculous; the fantasticality of the thing is even fascinating."
"It was quite light on the table, the phantom would have exposed itself all too defencelessly to our view, and to do that did not in the least correspond to the image I had made to myself of the shy, sly, stealthy, equivocal character of our elusive guest: a character too insignificant to have evil intent, on the con­trary probably quite well-meaning, but weak-minded and embarrassed."
"Well, now, what had I seen? Two-thirds of my readers will answer: swindle, sleight-of-hand, deception. Some day, when our knowledge of these matters has progressed, the field will be popularized, and they will deny that such was their judgment. Even now, and even if they take me for a credulous and suggestible fad-chaser, the testimony of trained experimenters like the French scholar Gustave Geley ought to make them less glib. Geley closes his re­port with the categorical statement: 'I do not merely say that there was no deception present in these sittings; I say that the possibility of deception was ruled out.' That is absolutely my own position."
"'Delusion' is such a word; its very vagueness helps by preventing us from seeing to the bottom of it. The two con­ceptions of reality and of deception are mingled in it, and perhaps the mingling has more justification than we know, and is less strange in nature than it is to our downright processes of thought. I will say, then, that what I saw had to do with an occult delusion in the domain of organic life; with bewilderingly deep and sub-human complexes, at once primitive and involved. These, undignified by nature and trivial in their activity as they are, are well calculated to be offensive to our proud aestheiic sense, but to deny their abnormal reality would be nothing less than unreasonable obstinacy."
"... as for the prob­lem of exteriorization and materialization, the longer one looks at it, the more it reveals a complexity apparently cal­culated for the express purpose of making a mock of the human intellect..."
"'That which governs life,' Claude Bernard wrote, 'is neither chemistry nor physics, nor anything of the kind; but the ideal principle of the life-process.' A strangely indefinite saying for a great scientist, he being a French­ man to boot; a saying that gropes vaguely after a mystery, and shows that it is precisely the great world of scholar­ship which never loses an inward feeling for the mystery; and that only the rank and file run the danger of scien­tific darkness, unmindful how very little complete, how much mingled with mysteryand riddles perhaps never­ to-be-solvedis all their exact knowledge of nature and life and its functions."
"... in other words, it passes beyond the limits of the organism and oper­ates outside it, 'ectoplastically.' That is, it calls into tem­porary existence, out of the exteriorized, organic basic sub­stance (the appearance and form of which have already been observed with some degree of exactitude), shapes, limbs, bodily organs, particularly hands, which possess all the properties and functions of normal, physiological, bio­logically living organs. These teleplastic end-organs move apparently free in space..."
"It was Hegel who said that the idea, the spirit, is the ultimate source of all phenomena; and perhaps supra-normal physiology is more apt than normal to demonstrate his statement."
"In other words, we call to aid an uninvestigated ideoplastic faculty possessed by the medial constitution. Ideoplastica word, and a conception, of Platonic power and charm, not without flattering unction to the artist's ear, who will be ready from now on to characterize, not only his own work, but universal reality as ideoplastic phenomena. Yet a word, and a conception, of quite as turbid depths as the word 'de­lusion' itself, and, by virtue of its maddening mixture of elements of the real and the dream, leading straight to the morbid and the preposterous."
- Thomas Mann, "An Experience in the Occult" [Okkulte Erlebnisse], translated by H. T. Lowe-Porter;

Jacques Derrida & Max Stirner: 

"Il faudrait bien sûr, tâche nécessaire et passionnante, lire Stirner au-delà des extraits que L'Idéologie allemande [de Marx] découpe (largement, il est vrai) et soumet le plus souvent à la torsion de la satire. Il faudrait aussi reconstituer, traversant le texte de Stirner, une tradition ou une généalogie de cette thématique du fantôme au  XIXe siècle, au moins, de Kant (non seulement celui qui s'intéressa à Swedenborg, mais le penseur de l'imagination transcendantale et donc de tous les tiers conceptuels que la fantastique introduit entre le sensible et l'intelligible, autant de lieux propices à la spectralité) jusqu'au Schopenhauer de l'Essai sur les fantômes (Versuch liber Geistersehen und was damit zusammenhängt, 1851), à Nietzsche — qui connaissait indirectement les textes de Stirner et en conseilla la lecture à Baumgartner en 1874, ou à Mallarmés — dont l'œuvre veille auprès d'un « fantôme blanc comme une page pas encore écrite » (Mimique). Une telle reconstitution excédant ici les limites de notre propos, citons au moins une fois quelques passages de L'Unique et sa Propriété [de Stirner]: « Les Romantiques ressentirent bien l'atteinte à la foi en Dieu elle-même que représentait l'abandon de la croyance aux esprits et aux fantômes et cherchèrent à remédier à ses fatales conséquences, non seulement en ressuscitant le monde fabuleux mais surtout en ouvrant les portes d'un monde supérieur avec leurs somnambules, voyantes de Prévorst, etc. Les bons croyants et les Pères de l'Église ne se doutaient pas que détruire la croyance aux fantômes, c'était aussi enlever sa base à la religion et la laisser planer, détachée de son sol nourricier. Qui ne croit plus aux fantômes n'a plus qu'à pousser avec conséquence son incroyance pour se rendre compte qu'il ne se cache aucun être particulier derrière les choses, aucun fantôme ouce qui revient au même, en prenant le mot dans son acception naïveaucun esprit. » Et sous le titre « Le spectre » : « Avec les fantômes, Nous entrons dans le royaume des esprits, des êtres. Ce qui hante l'univers, y poursuivant ses secrètes et insaisissables activités, c'est le spectre mystérieux que Nous appelons Être suprême. Pendant des siècles, les hommes se sont donné pour tâche d'en connaître le fond, de le concevoir, d'y découvrir la réalité (de prouver l'existence de Dieu) ; c'est à cet effroyable, impossible et interminable travail de Danaïdes qu'ils s'acharnèrent, voulant changer un spectre en non-spectre, l'irréel en réel, l'esprit en une personne totale, en chair et en os. C'est ainsi qu'ils cherchèrent la 'chose en soi', derrière le monde existant, derrière la chose la non-chose. » 
- Jacques Derrida, Spectres de Marx (Galilée, 1993, p. 117 n. 1); 

*****A list of mystical figures (under construction, d'après Sylvia Leclercq, Duras ou l'Apocalypse blanche): 
- Enoch (Bible); 
- Origen; 
- Pseudo-Dionysius; 
- Salomon Ibn Gabirol; 
- Juda Halevi; 
- Al-Hallaj (Sufism); 
- Ibn Al-Arabi (Sufism); 
- Abraham Abulafia (Kabbalah); 
- Moses de Léon (Zohar); 
- Hildegard von Bingen; 
- Ruysbroeck (Flandres); 
- Hadewijch (Flandres); 
- Meister Eckhart;
- Catarina de Siena; 
- Nicolaus Cusanus; 
- Jacob Boehme; 
- Angelus Silesius; 
- San Juan de la Cruz; 
- Santa Teresa d'Ávila; 

*****Figures of ecstasy & metapsychology (Leclercq/Ávila, Thérèse mon amour):
- folie (Marie-Madeleine, saint Paul, saint Augustin) et/ou passion sadomasochique (Eros-Thanatos) (p. 33, 84, 101, cf. 194-98, 201, 243-47, 421-22, 430, 455, 465-67, 470-72, 496-509, 562-63, 594, 616);
- l'enfer, shéol (p. 312-314, 408, 610-612); 
- kénose, mort de Dieu (Christianisme ortodoxe, Hegel, Nietzsche) (p. 471-73, 475); 
- Nobodaddy, Godot (p. 484-85, 553);
- transfer (Freud), lien à autrui, troisième genre de connaissance (Spinoza) (p. 36, 84, 509, 660-61, 676); 
- vision intellectuelle (Proust) (p. 251-57, 290-91, 629-630);
- jouissance (Molly Bloom) (p. 41, 628); 
- semence désoeuvrée, jaillissement fantasmatique (Klossowski) (p. 93); 
- hiérogamie avec l'Autre (Lacan) (p. 50, 64-65, 83, 88-89, 101, 104, 118, 129, 249-250, 259, 264, 266-68, 359-365, 465, 508-509); 
- nom du père, mère-version (p. 207-217, 359-365);
- le pouvoir de la fiction (des fictions) (Cervantes, Schreber) (p. 209, 213, 441, 447-450, 454, 460-62, 475, 509, 677, 696-97); 
- refoulement originel (p. 91); 
- mystère, mukham (latim, greek, sanskrit) (p. 51); 
- immanence et transcendance, l'Être et l'impossibilité d'Être (sufism) (p. 55, 57, 81);
- analogia entis (christianisme) (p. 57); 
- pensée apophatique (p. 106, 116, 124, 273);  
- eucharistie (catholicisme) (p. 58, 218-223, 272, 618-19); 
- épiphanie (p. 63, 92); 
- déconstruction de soi (p. 105, 110);
- souffle cosmique de le yin et le yang, le Tao (p. 68, 82);
- yoga (p. 52, 72);
- océanité (l'expérience archaïque du lien mére-enfant) (Klein, Winnicott) (p. 75, 99-100);
- la fiction de l'eau, "le toucher", coenesthésie (p. 121, 130, 132, 135, 509);
- miracle, métamorphose (p. 80, 87, 90, 121, 125, 607, 614);
- Hekhalot, moradas (p. 130, 132, 232, 412, 563, 638-640, 645); 
- polytope généreux, kaléidoscope baroque (p. 408, 411); 
- l'infini (Leibniz) (p. 638-643, 695-98);
- oraison mentale, flux de l'affect (Francisco de Osuna, Abecedário) (p. 183-85); 

See also:
- Modern Literature and Esotericism: Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Mallarmé & others;
- the dogma of semantic uniformity & Python Gored Naturalism;
- why self-help books are not to be dismissed;
- view from Berthe Trépat's apartment;

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