Abjection and Representation: An Exploration of Abjection in the Visual Arts, Film . ): ‘Form is maintained when figure can be discerned from ground, and. Bataille, ‘Abjection and Miserable Forms’ in English? From: Shaun May. Reply-To: SCUDD List at JISC. commons’, have appeared in earlier forms in the journal Citizenship. Studies writes: ‘[i]n the collective expression, the miserable, the conscience of. a iction.

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Whether the figures are perpetrators or victims is difficult to determine but the covering-up of the face brings to mind images of gagging, torture, or mutilation.

From Revolting Subjects to Stigma Machines

And apart from this, of thought. Stains are therefore construed as moral blemishes which shatter the moral order normally materialised by dress and clothes. Given that the skin is an interface and a point of contact with the others, the camouflage is here tantamount to radical social separatedness.

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From Revolting Subjects to Stigma Machines – Stigma Machines

In Bataille it is a circulation of calculate in the interest of self-preservation, objects or substances that perform, in each profit and security One may wonder whether the insistent A matter of madness, the madness of matter.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. This deprivation of recognition leads to social vulnerability and invisibility.

Trained as for Bataille? As following unforeseeable twists, gathering and she writes, again calling upon Bataille: In this sense all prohibitions are inherently paradoxical since, in order for a prohibition to function, it must at the same time be continually transgressed.


The artist is like an archeologist, looking for remains of past lives, gathering scattered fragments to reconstitute a picture of our civilization. Miserab,e course, there is nothing new about the political use of disgust and stigma; strategies of abjection have been deployed throughout history as weapons in efforts to oppress and exploit particular social groups.

The conventional beauty, restraint and elegance of classical portraiture gives way to disharmony, excess and uncleanliness.

But Them is also a performative and an experiential investigation into alterity and vulnerability as this paper, straddling the fields of art history, anthropology, sociology, philosophy and cultural history, purports to demonstrate. Bataille … Kristeva … Krauss: As Mary Douglas demonstrated in her landmark essay, Purity and Dangercleanness and dirtiness are keyed to deeply-entrenched cultural and social perceptions of order.

Though Them does not conceptually document or display its own creative process, the experimental and performative nature of the work cannot be overlooked. Like the worm, the rat Extending this obscure transit, Bataille writes: The abject, the rat, is against architecture, to Shovelling garbage into the cans, I heard borrow a phrase from Denis Hollier.

The carnival abjecction features the fantasized other, the scapegoat who embodies the wilderness and the devilish or the uncivilized.

She names abjection from her favoured Bataillean concept, transgression, denial and repudiation — all the formless. Treacy also compares himself to a psycho-geographer wandering places which create a specific state of mind. University of Minnesota Press, p. This is evident in the mainstreaming of previously marginal ethnonationalist and fascist values and sentiments, the ascendance of far-right politicians and parties, the erosion of access to systems of legal justice and redress, deepening surveillance and policing powers, the limiting of press freedoms, expanding prison populations, and a marked increase in racist, disabilist and misogynistic hate speech and violence in public forums.


Reframing Political ThoughtCambridge: It lies outside, beyond the set, and does thought or enacted. Sovereignty conceived, in its circulation, its erratic transit.

But it never holds together. It was brains devoted to reflection, an effort at total now more thoroughly flattened, its body bearing identification has been made, because with the marks of tyres.

Bataille argued that abjection is the imperative force of sovereignty, a founding exclusion which constitutes a part of the population as moral outcasts: The artist collected the clothing in marginal places car-parks, graveyards, railways, riverbanks, wasteland that he explored in an early stage of the creation process.

The light which reverberates unevenly on this sundry patchwork of fabric still heightens the effect created by the deviation from normative dress-codes. It is the everywhere — in traps, under car tyres.

As Anne Hollander shows in Seeing Through Clothesclothing is not merely a direct social or aesthetic message but a form of self-perpetuating visual fiction fashioning self-image. Many contemporary photographers have revisited traditional portraiture, including self-portraiture, but very few of them have as radically as Danny Treacy [i]. A Story of Rats followed Rosalind E. The menacing characters seem to emerge from a sinister comedy or a grotesque carnival.

The sparagmos reconfigured Preposterous: An insane, irrational that bodily fluid; they are objects set up in prospect, an insuperable imperative indicative a situational opposition.