Art and Fear by Virilio, Paul

By Virilio, Paul

Paul Virilio is one in all modern Continental thought's most unique and provocative serious voices. His imaginative and prescient of the effect of contemporary expertise at the modern worldwide situation is strong and anxious, ranging over paintings, technological know-how, politics and war.

In artwork and worry, Paul Virilio lines the dual improvement of artwork and technology over the 20th century. In his provocative and not easy imaginative and prescient, artwork and technological know-how vie with one another for the destruction of the human shape as we all know it. He strains the connections among the way in which early 20th century avant-garde artists twisted and tortured the human shape ahead of making it vanish in abstraction, and the blasting to bits of fellows who have been not more than cannon fodder i nthe trenches of the good battle; and among the German Expressionists' hate-filled snap shots of the damned, and the 'medical' experiments of the Nazi eugenicists; and among the mangled messages of worldwide ads, and the service provider of worldwide terrorism.

Now, firstly of the twenty-first century, technological know-how has eventually left paintings in the back of, as genetic engineers organize to show themselves into the worst of expressionists, with the individual the uncooked fabric for brand new and titanic sorts of life.

Art and worry is key examining for an individual thinking about the place paintings has long past and the place technological know-how is taking us.

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34 Silence on Trial 'Remaining silent, now there's a lesson for you! ', Paul Valery noted in 1938, shortly before the tragedy of the camps, the silence of the lambs ... To speak or to remain silent are they to sonority what to show or to hide are to visibility? What prosecution of meaning is thus hidden behind the prosecution of sound? Has remaining silent now become a discreet form of assent, of connivance, in the age of the sonorization of images and all audio-visual icons? Have vocal machines' powers of enunciation gone as far as the denunciation of silence, of a silence that has turned into MUTISM?

From that moment, AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU became a research laboratory undoubtedly unique in the world, the laboratory of the 'Institute of Anthropology, Human Genetics and Eugenics'. The name of Professor Verschuer's assistant was Josef Mengele. 20 As recently as 1998, the British medical weekly The Lancet condemned the initiatives of the European Union and the United States in trying to 28 A PITILESS ART introduce a total ban on the practice of human cloning. A year later, the editors were still arguing that 'the creation of human beings' had become 'inevitable', regardless.

Having broken the taboos of suffocating bourgeois culture, we are now supposed to break the being, the unicity of humankind, through the impending explosion of a genetic bomb that will be to biology what the atomic bomb was to physics. You don't make literature out of warm and fuzzy feelings, they say. And they are probably right. But how far do we go in the opposite direction? As far as SNUFF LITERATURE, in which the conformism of abjection innovates 29 ART AND FEAR an academicism of horror, an official art of macabre entertainment?

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