The Sex Appeal of the Inorganic

Philosophies of Desire in the Modern World

Author: Mario Perniola

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780826462459

Category: Philosophy

Page: 147

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We live in a world where the one-time opposition between things and humans has been transformed, where the center of contemporary sensibility is the encounter between philosophy and sexuality, where sex extends well beyond both the act and the body. We live in a world where to be sexy is to ignore the distinctions between animate and inanimate objects of desire, where the aesthetics of sex are being revolutionized. An organic sexuality, based on sex difference and driven by desire and pleasure, is being replaced by a neutral, inorganic and artificial sexuality, a sexuality always available but indifferent to beauty, age or form, a sexuality freed by thought from nature. The Sex Appeal of the Inorganic takes the reader on a radical, new tour of Western philosophy—from Descartes, Kant and Hegel to Heidegger, Wittgenstein and Sartre—to reframe our understanding of personal experience and the aesthetic, to examine how, if we are to remember how to feel, we must become a thing who feels, we must think ourselves closer to the inorganic world and move further from our bodies.
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Singularities

Dance in the Age of Performance

Author: Andre Lepecki

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317441109

Category: Art

Page: 194

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How does the production of performance engage with the fundamental issues of our advanced neo-capitalist age? André Lepecki surveys a decade of experimental choreography to uncover the dual meaning of ‘performance’ in the twenty-first century: not just an aesthetic category, but a mode of political power. He demonstrates the enduring ability of performance to critique and subvert this power, examining this relationship through five ‘singularities’ in contemporary dance: thingness, animality, persistence, darkness, and solidity. Exploring the works of Mette Ingvartsen, Yvonne Rainer, Ralph Lemon, Jérôme Bel and others, Lepecki uses his concept of ‘singularity’—the resistance of categorization and aesthetic identification—to examine the function of dance and performance in political and artistic debate.
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On the Pleasure Principle in Culture

Illusions Without Owners

Author: Robert Pfaller

Publisher: Verso Trade

ISBN: 1781681740

Category: Philosophy

Page: 295

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Citing the allure of illusory belief systems ranging from human reason and the self-regulation of financial markets to sports and eroticism, an analysis of how the pleasure principle is often mistaken for character flaws examines how the inherent desire to destroy others' happiness has become pivotal in a contemporary neoliberal society. Simultaneous.
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Art & Its Shadow

Author: Mario Perniola

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780826462435

Category: Philosophy

Page: 78

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Art and its shadow is an analysis of contemporary art and film. Ranging across the work of Andy Warhol, cyberpunk, Wim Wenders, and Derek Jarman, thinking of difference and the possibility of a philosophical cinema, Perniola exmines the latest and most disturbing tendencies in art.
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