Happy birthday to Georges Bataille, connoisseur of Eros, born on September 10,a simpler time he took it upon himself to complicate. Actually, to call him an erotic connoisseur grossly understates what so many readers find, uh, gross about him. Suffice it to say his work revels in varieties of sexual expression that remain taboo today; a given Bataille text presents you with a veritable cavalcade of the debauched and the proscribed, and, worse still, makes all of it seem terribly worth investigating.
How are people like places? Most obviously, both have arteries. Urban electrical networks mimic our nervous systems and traffic travels down roads like blood flowing through veins.
He is thirty-six years old, not tall but not a short man either. His weak shoulders curve over a rotund trunk around which his trousers are hiked up. After some anxiety and deliberation, the man gingerly locks the door of his room.
Curated by Stevie Hanley, the show considered what it means to be a bottom a receiving partner during sex and how the term could present a reversal of its negative implications. During the opening at The Condo Association, there were many conversations about death, Bataille, gender roles, porn, art, bottoming, and various related topics… But one comment struck me in particular. It turns out that in all deutorostome embryos, including humans, the anus is the very first formation before any other structure in the body.
Max Ernst: Birdhead. Waking up I associate the horror of rats with the memory of my father correcting me… this has the effect of reminding me that my father being young would have wanted to do something atrocious to me with pleasure. Yet, it was against this false semblance of Idealism that Bataille would lop the head of reason in favor of an interior journey into the labyrinths of the physical body itself, down into the sacred precincts of cruelty, sex, and violence.
Focusing on Bataille as a pivotal point, his take on Solar Economy is a bit weird to begin with, but, then I do see its relevance to accelerationism. The take on political economy is driven by excess, rather than scarcity, a plethora of energy like that from the sun that would not just facilitate growth, but would be vulnerable to expenditure in a purely apathetic manner as well. That is how he differentiates the general from the restricted economy.
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