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Stanford: Stanford University Press, pp. Defacement asks what happens when something precious is despoiled. It begins with the notion that such activity is attractive in its very repulsion, and that it creates something sacred even in the most secular of societies and circumstances. In specifying the human face as the ideal type for thinking through such violation, this book raises the issue of secrecy as the depth that seems to surface with the tearing of surface.
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Fred West of Seattle in tnemory of their son. Frontispiece: Ma. Courtesy of Verlag St. Gabriel, MOdlmg. My first debt is to the ethnographers of Tierra del Fuego, Martin Gusinde, Lucas Bridges, Anne Chapman, the young Charles Darwin, and of course to the extraordinary people about whom they wrote and whose image I carry with me, invested in every line that follows. Many other ethnographers and ethnographized people follow hard on their heels in my subsequent explo- ration of the peculiar secrecy of secret societies and the inimetic magic therein.
To them all I anl immensely grateful, as I am to the late Eric Michaels for his essay on photography and secrecy in Australian Aboriginal societies, and for a chance remark by Norman 0. Brown, vis-l-vis his work on Bataille, concerning the mysteries of negation. Moreover, readers are as- sured that any mimetic resonance between my work and Rachel Moore's Savage Theory is not accidental but stems from her insight, no less than de- light, concerning the traffic between ethnology and the modernist magic of the cinematic image.
Finally, casting this book on its way, my thoughts fly to Santiago and Olivia Taussig-Moore, who, bountiful in this respect, led ine to understand how the adult's imagination of the child's imagination is indis- pensable to the gift that secrecy provides the real, as really made up. Instant Theater, Selk'nam Unmasking, Notes Bibliography Index Subcornandante Marcos.
Courtesy of Wesley Bocxe Subcornandante Marcos unmasked. When the human body, a nation's flag, money, or a public statue is defaced, a strange surplus of negative energy is likely to be aroused from within the de- faced thing itself. It is now in a state of desecration, the closest many of us are going to get to the sacred in this modern world. Indeed this negative state can come across as more sacred than "sacred," especially since that most spec- tacular defacement, the death of God, was announced by Nietzsche's mad- man: "Do you not feel the breath of empty space?
Hegel called "the labor of the negative. Yet this is a cheat for, after all, do I really believe there is such a thing as explanation? And as for having a task? Is it not. What we call doctrine, ideology, The ultimate act of being similar? The writer nlust confront destroyed through exposure, but subject to a quite different sort of revelation the resistances. Why else do we write? The shortest way between two points, that does justice to it.
This is the verge of "a thousand plateaus,'' resolute in. I between violence and its analysis, is the long way round, tracing the edge its directionless stasis, my subject, my just subject: the characterization of sideways like the crab scuttling. This we also call the labor of the negative.
Yet embedded within this in- principle that makes the energy in the system visible and active. In fact, he portrays such a revelation as the burn- ing up of the husk of the beautiful outer appearance of the secret as it enters face and sacrilege under the rubric defacement.
It is by means of this contin- the realm of ideas; "that is to say," he adds, "a destruction of the work in gency that I am alerted to the tenderness of face and of faces facing each which the external form achieves its most brilliant degree of illumination. At the nloment of its self-destruction, its I take the face to be the figure of appearance, the appearance of appearance, illuminating power is greatest.
This decidedly mystical process-which I the figure of figuration, the ur-appearance, if you will, of secrecy itself as the equate with unmasking-whereby truth, as secret, is finally revealed, is hence primordial act of presencing. For the face itself is a contingency, at the mag- a sacrifice, even a self-sacrifice, thanks to an inspired act of defacement, beau- ical crossroads of mask and window to the soul, one of the better-kept pub- tiful in its own right: violent, negating, and fiery.
And this carefully contrived lic secrets essential to everyday life. How could this be, this contradiction to process of the just revelation, be it noted, stands in juxtaposition to exposure, end contradiction, crisscrossing itself in endless crossings of the face?
And which, Benjamin warns, would only destroy the secret. Then what Defacement is like Enlightenment. It brings insides outside, unearthing happens to the inspired act of defacement? Does it destroy the secret, or fur- knowledge, and revealing mystery. As it does this, however, as it spoliates and ther empower it? For are not shared secrets the basis of our social institutions, tears at tegument, it may also animate the thing defaced and the mystery re- the workplace, the market, the family, and the state?
In fact, deface- fault, adding his astonishing fable of the ape's anus to this series of connections ment is often the first thing people think of when they think of mimetic between face and nether regions.
It all began as a frightening scene at the magic, like sticking a needle in the heart of a figurine so as to kill the person zoo, the tender faces of children exposed to the blossoming bottom of the ape thereby represented, and it is no accident that this was Frazer's first example swinging its scarlet self into focus to dominate the visual field like a gorgeous in the scores of pages he dedicated to the magic art in The Golden Bough.
Like that noble Bataille where he rewrites Darwin and Freud with their histories of the al- bird of prey and icon of the state, the eagle of mythology, this is an eye that mighty consequences of man's ascent to the upright posture from the crouch- can look straight into the sun and, when it does so, it stimulates immense, of- ing ape.
This is the long sought-for source of repression, Freud crowed to his fensive ejaculations as the sign of an orgiastic fusion of self with Other, just muse in Berlin, Wilhelm Fliess, because the sense of smell, finely attuned to as the child screams at the sight of the amazing anus on the other side of the the anus and genitals of the Other, thereby lost its ascendancy over the senses bars.
All this is the result of the reconfiguration of the ape's anatomy, the mi- once man strode forth on two legs. Henceforth the eyes were regnant and gration of its anus headwise, absorbed into the body of man to conceal itself shame entered the world, just as sex came to concentrate on the genitals that as a mere cleft in the buttocks. The human face;' he con- page long, Freud nevertheless clung to this history to the end, over thirty cludes, "is a conflagration that had, until that moment, made of the anal ori- years, from his letters to Fliess, through the Rat Man and the essay on fice both bud and Jlame.
Defacement of such social things, rights of the body, but the anus as the sensory button of the world, adrift in however, brings a very angry god out of hiding, and Nietzsche's madman the wake of civilization as a heavy, if occult, presence, heavy enough for the distraught with implications of the death of God knows of no better return philosophically trained authors of Dialectic ef Enlightenment to affirm for smell to life than this, although to call this a return would be to muffle Michel an epistemology totally at odds with normal, civilized, perception.
Hence the ambivalence of primal This reconfiguration of repression in which depth becomes surface so as to words, as with "dog," man's esteemed companion through the ages, no less remain depth, I call the public secret, which, in another version, can be defined than the sign of all that is base and degrading. So we fall so many situations in which people dared not state the obvious, thus outlin- silent when faced with such a massive sociological phenomenon, aghast at such ing it, so to speak, with the spectral radiance of the unsaid; as when people complicities and ours with it, for without such shared secrets any and all so- were taken off buses and searched at roadblocks set up by the police or mil- cial institutions-workplace, marketplace, state, and family-would founder.
Likewise, but in a different register, was what to us, his cats, and to death. Today as I 'real' world has only been lyingly added. And this mocking language, crisp and timely, reminds tine for human-rights people to figure the action in terms of the smoke screen us that the point of living, even at the point of death, is not to try to master uniting paramilitary killers with the regular military forces.
We all "knew" the secret by evacuating it, as when one says, excited by a sudden insight, this, and they "knew" we "knew," but there was no way it could be easily ar- that Trem- ticulated, certainly not on the ground, face-to-face. Such "smoke screens" are bling hands reach out to grasp the negativity. Such is the la- ering in fear of imminent exposure.
So our writing becomes an exercise in bor of the negative, as when it is pointed out that something may be obvious, life itself, at one with life and within life as lived in social affairs, not tran- but needs stating in order to be obvious.
For example, the public secret. Not being able to say the great chain of storytelling telling the one always before the last. Yet how anything is likewise testimony to its power. So it continues, each negation can you be contiguous with the not merely empty, but negative, space? Drug Enforce- most decidedly right. Wherever there is power, there is secrecy, except it is not ment Agency, the Internal Revenue Service, and so on.
Only the movies tell only secrecy that lies at the core of power, but public secrecy. And there is a it like it is, especially those concerning corruption in the New York City po- distinct possibility of falling into error here. To put it bluntly, there is no such lice force. But that's fiction. It is an invention that comes out of the public secret, a limit- My examples, as much as the experience within them, seem extreme and case, a supposition, a great "as if," without which the public secret would evap- tend to weaken the all-consuming banality of the fact that this negativity of orate.
To see the secret as secret is to take it at face value, which is what the knowing what not to know lies at the heart of a vast range of social powers tension in defacement requires. This is his foreboding, what he identifies as the vir- tual law of the secret.
But against this apocalyptic dread, I regard the public secret as fated to maintain the verge where the secret is not destroyed through exposure, but subject to a revelation that does justice to it. Is he really that worried about God gone, belated guilt at killing the Father, im- Sacrilege petuous deed too easily carried out by the callous, who will live to rue the day?
A heavy psychodrama? He certainly is worked up. But about what? Lis- ten to his rant. Is there still any up or down? Do we not feel the breath of empty space? Killing him achieved nothing. Maybe less than nothing. The mystery-model of the real continues stronger than before with God-substitutes piling up by the minute. The addiction to the disjunction of Thus the life of God and divine cognition may well be appearance and essence goes deep. Before the two thousand years of the spoken of as a disporting of Love with itself; but this Christ-man behind the scene there was the Plato-man with beautiful and idea sinks into mere edification, and even insipidity, if true forms hidden behind the sensuous crust of appearance.
Secrecy and mystery all the way down. This is wliy the madman raves and why only the it lacks the seriousness, the suffering, the patience, and. He smashes his lantern there in the G. Miller mendous event is still on its way. For if we were to abolish depth, what world would be left? The apparent world, perhaps? But no! With the abolition of depth we have also abolished the apparent world! Canetti's fear of the apocalyptic powers of the secret as exploding fetish: realized.
And Nietzsche leaves us with this picture of a postfictional world bereft of depth. It is movement etched in black and white. Burroughs's cat. Moment ef the shortest shadow; end of the longest error; zenith ef mankind. Why do they allow this filthy thing to be displayed?
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Fred West of Seattle in tnemory of their son. Frontispiece: Ma. Courtesy of Verlag St. Gabriel, MOdlmg. My first debt is to the ethnographers of Tierra del Fuego, Martin Gusinde, Lucas Bridges, Anne Chapman, the young Charles Darwin, and of course to the extraordinary people about whom they wrote and whose image I carry with me, invested in every line that follows.
The original plan had been to hold the entire seminar there instead of in the museum's auditorium, but this plan failed when the supermarket refused to grant us permission. Instead, we held our conversations there and documented them using wireless microphones and a spy camera attached to cameraperson Angela Anderson's shoulder. The aisles and various spaces of the store served as a matrix for our conversations. Avery and I spoke about subjugated knowledges and the relationship between research and the ability to act. We considered the apparitional state of realities with no place in the politics of representation as a force of agency and change. As we wandered through sections of the store, a selection of objects and functions served as coordinates for our conversation. The conversation lasted about forty-five minutes, after which the crew walked back to the museum, rewound the tape, and screened it in the New Museum auditorium for the seminar participants.
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