835Re: [Antonin Artaud] Re: "What is an Artaudian"?
- Aug 2 9:21 AMThe Deleuzo-Guattarian reading of Artaud is great, yes, but I feel that this focus on the body and the cruelty of organs ("what organ more cruel than the heart, etc") can only be comprehended in a truly schizophrenic experience. The idea that through cosmic cruelty one will reveal some hidden reality is too surrealist, I think-- It might be too naive.
To learn to see gesticulations as hieroglyphs, to feel the condition of the body in the way Artaud speaks, the lengths he goes to stress these, his schizophrenic mythologies and his poetics-- These can most likely only be understood through psychosis.
"I would like to write a book that would drive men mad"-- How, then, to actually put this theater, with its language of cruelty, of gestures, where speech takes on the speech of dreams-- How can anyone really pull this off?
Perhaps to be Artaudian is to realize that the Theatre of Cruelty is something that always surpasses our attempts at realizing it...
What I say: You cannot expect anyone to apply Artaudian ideas in theater that HAS NOT smelled burnt bomb, seen cruelty and felt body nausea: You have to see noses and limbs floating in space, see human beings in their daily movements as hieroglyphic imprints of a global nausea.
The precise language of gestures and movements-- This can only be truly realized through Artaudian principles by those who can comprehend the intensity of merely walking across a room.
- SP Conrad -
From: c_peade <skullmac@...>
Sent: Thu, 2 Aug 2007 6:30 am
Subject: [Antonin Artaud] Re: "What is an Artaudian"?
To be or not to be Artaudian is the question. A question not of intrigue but naïveté.
The link between Artaud and Lacan -(-whom Artaud described as filthy and vile amongst
other things-)-, that is to say, the relation connecting them and THE REALity of THIS
WORLD and THE WORD IMPRISONED BY PAST-S.
An Artaudian is an idealist whose existence is a fusion of all sensibilities and refinements
beyond what we think we know; like the (im)possibility of quantum physics embodied in
Is it possible that in order to be Artaudian one loves life more than life itself. That is not to
say to be Artaudian is to simply die or seek it in death. To be Artaudian is to love life
BEYOND ANYTHING and EVERYTHING ELSE INCLUDING LIFE AND DEATH ITSELF. What IT IS
TO BE Artaudian IS to love BEYOND even LOVE or at least mere language.
TO BE Artaudian IS BEING BECOMING.
TO BE Artaudian IS TO BE Lacanian or Deleuzian or Artaud-becoming-Lacan-becoming-
Today the contemporary "we" deal with our means to liberation from the illusions of
freedom by this very medium – cyberspace; a virtual reality Artaud,-(- I trust and hope-)-,
would have thought was for THE LIVING DEAD – US, on the internet "surfing" a
misinformation highway of white noise and bored consciousness borne from the fruits of
capitalisms curiousness. A curiousity of appalling grammar and spelling due to the
modified velocity of communication.
This solecism is so far removed from THE TRUE SPACE for THE SOUL to FIND JOY and SELF-
REALization. It couldn't be further. It could NOT!…!!!…
The pleasure and "illness" of the flesh is exacerbated on account of its subsequent
ALIENation inscribed in a body screwed down and shackled by OURSELVES to objects with
our fingers' repetition typing and CONJURING THIS LANGUAGE of THESE WORDS. From this,
a consciousness imprisoned in a virtual reality, a cyberspace with misinformation highways
to "surf" white noise, bored and borne from the fruits of capitalisms curiousness. A
solecistic curiosity conceived from the modified velocity of communication. Dig?
ESCAPE INDEED ESCAPE like the first line of the Taodejing for A MASS of BEINGS who are
representatives of a bourgeois CULTure – a dubious circle of Initiates whose elitist, hollow,
false beliefs and sordid influence might well FIND Artaud RETCHING at its WRETCHEDNESS.
A TRUE MEANING of FREEdom as Artaud advocated is in a PURE THEATRE or
PERFORMANCE. This is what I think, feel and BELIEVE.
Theatre or performance like the knights that claim drugs, under necessary conditions of
caution and EXPERIMENTation are inseparable from the deployment of planes where
BECOMINGS of the impossible BECOME POSSIBLE.
The imperceptible itself becomes NECESSARILY perceived as MOLECULAR perception,
arriving at holes - (including wormholes) in the fabric of the social dimensions, micro-
intetrvals between matters, colours and sounds engulfing lines of flight, transparency and
The invisible becoming visible and the visible vanishing to invisibility and objects
disappear and others appear like magic and alchemy in a PLAY between absence present
and absent presence with performer-becoming-shaman. Such alchemical magic IS
DESIREd in the Holy Theatre of English director Peter Brook, Lin Hixson in the United States
with Goat Island or Romeo Castelluci in Italy with Societas Rafaello Sanzio.
THE BODY through its ENERGY of sheer PERFORMANCE PRESENCE TRANSFORMS
MOLECULARLY WITH THE AUDIENCE from one body to an-other's into a HEIGHTENED
STATE , IMPELLING US to SEE OURSELVES AS WE REALLY ARE, BEYOND THIS, THE SOCIAL
FUGUE. In an ECSTATIC TRANCE, US, TOGETHER BEGIN MAKING THE MASKS FALL, in order
to REVEAL OUR COLLECTIVE unconscious – a HIDDEN PSYCHE divulging OUR WORLD's LIES,
THE REALity of THIS WORLD and its aimlessness, meanness and even two-facedness WE
shake off THE STIFLING, MATERIAL DULLness overcoming THE SENSES clearest testimony
and EXPOSE THE DARK POWERS AND EVIL, CRUELTY of OUR NATURE in order to BE BEYOND
THIS MARASMUS like OUR THEATRES OF WARS such as the CIRCUS MAXIMUS of IRAQ WE
HAVE CREATED or REAL TRUE To LIFE Hollywood blockbusters like (9)11th September
Without THIS BEING,-BECOMING-, a TOTAL PHYSIOLOGICAL REVOLuTion then NOTHING
CAN BE CHANGED. And it is through the PURIFYING PLAGUE of a THEATRE PERFORMANCE's
CATHARTIC TRANSFORMATION; THIS, ITS sheer PRESENCE of MOLECUAR ENERGY within
SPACEs that THIS WILL take PLACE.
Our addictions, whether to drugs, materialism or pleasure seeking activities such as the
excesses of capitalism's needless consumerism and its wide screen plasma television
screen sets, internet "surfing" "entertainment", Hollywood blockbusters, window
shopping-retail therapy or extreme sports are but a veil to THE VOID within and this even
includes romantic LOVE. That is not to say I am not FREE of BEING guilty by indulging in
Happiness is merely the avoidance of TRUTH and the deferral of THE KNOWLEDGE a gaping
hole or great abyss lies within at THE HEART of OUR BEING.
As for Arnaud Hubert's article "Artaud and Peyote", ONE IS UNEXPECTEDLY baffled and
surprised at the so-called "unexpected sudden appearance of Christ in the writings of
Artaud". For, why would he be thusly, when the Catholicism Artaud's family devoted
themselves to IS MADE FLESH IN CHRIST!?!!!???!
TRUST in FAITH-;-(AND DOUBT) IS ALL WE HAVE, whether IT BE in WORDS to mis-
communicate a THOUGHT which IS SUPPOSE TO BE "OURS" through language or figures of
God's existence in humanity and men like Christ or even drugs, Artaud, Deleuze's
PHILOSOPHY AS A PLANE OF IMMANENCE or THE REALity of OUR DESIRE AND SELVES.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "x_tra2007" <x_tra2007@...> wrote:
> Some interesting developments around the discovery of Antonin Artaud
> are taking place. Please find under the following two links, an
> English translation of the article by Arnaud Hubert.
> Here is an interesting question posed by another "Artaudian":
> What is an Artaudian?
> I would appreciate your contribution to the link posted above, as I
> am using these findings also as part of my research studies on culture
> and society.
AOL now offers free email to everyone. Find out more about what's free from AOL at AOL.com.
[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
- << Previous post in topic Next post in topic >>