Don’t be afraid of ancient memory

August 12, 2014 § 3 Comments

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Mixed media: scan-print, analog drawing, gold & silver-markers, labels, staples, piece of five-dollar note. Original Format: A4

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§ 3 Responses to Don’t be afraid of ancient memory

  • serge says:

    “Is Virgin you trying to
    fathom me”
    ― Jack Kerouac

  • It’s just my way to keep the dialogue going ;)

    • serge says:

      “When I am in my painting, i’m not aware of what i’m doing. i have no fears about making changes, destroying the image etc. because the painting has a live of its own.” (Jackson Pollock).

      “Is Virgin you trying to fathom me”- I go back to make a pot of tea.”

      The play of memory and the body dictates that the audience must imagine the steps made by Jackson Pollock, just as they must imagine the choice in movement made in the performativity of Kerouac’s prose.
      The ability of memory to move from the page to the body is a point Keroauc makes abundantly clear as he concludes his treatise on spontaneous prose. Kerouac’s move here is to call upon the kinesthetic imagination to simulate the site of spontaneous recollection: from the mind, to the lower bodily stratum’s function of orgasm through sexual intercourse. Like the Surrealists’ use of the daydream, Kerouac provides his own faculty of memory evoked through spontaneity by calling on the Austrian psychologist Wilhelm Reich and his discourse on the body as a site of kinesthetic imagination. Unlike the brief time involved for the bodily function of orgasm to achieve “relaxed and sais”, Kerouac is able to extend the time applicable while writing in the virtual, kinesthetically imagined work of the writer. Also, unlike the real function of orgasm, writing in this virtual capacity allows him to achieve climax over and over, as the role of repetition allowed him to return to the subjects of his spontaneous process. (the defeat of time in its usual sense and in its place the flash of spontaneous ecstasy.)

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