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PHOTO ESSAY by Penny Anti

“Set fire to the old hypocrisies. Let the light of the burning building scare the nightingales and incarnadine the willows. And let the daughters of educated men dance around the fire and heap armful upon armful of dead leaves upon the flames.”
– Virginia Woolf, urban terrorist

“The condemnation, though not without reserve, of eroticism is universal. There is no human society in which sexual activity is accepted without reaction, the way animals accept it. It is the object of a taboo everywhere. It goes without saying that a taboo of this kind provokes countless transgressions. Marriage itself is, initially, a kind of ritual transgression of the taboo on sexual contact. This aspect is not habitually perceived, because a general taboo on sexual contact appears absurd to the extent that we rarely see the taboo as essentially a prelude to the transgression. The entirety of religion is a regulated harmony of taboo and transgression. The paradox is not in fact in the taboo. We cannot imagine a society wherein sexual activity would not be irreconcilable with the attitude assumed in public life. An aspect of sexuality opposes it to the fundamental calculation of a human being. Every human being envisions the future. Every act is a function of the future. The sexual act, for its part, might have a meaning in relation to the future, but first this is not in every case, and eroticism, at least, has lost sight of the genetic bearing of the desired disorder. Sometimes it even suppresses it. I insist on this specific point: could a human being reach the summit of his aspiration if he did not first abandon the calculation to which the organization of social life binds him? In other words, wouldn’t a condemnation pronounced from a practical point of view, precisely from the point of view of the future, determine the limit beyond which a supreme value was at stake?”
– Georges Bataille, librarian

A HOLE OF ONES OWNCartesian SubjectControlling the Means of ProductionDIVESTING FOSSIL FUELSEternal ReturnFamily RomanceGRABBING THE AIRIn God We TrustIn the Bourgeois ZoneIntentionally Left BlankRIGHT OF REPLYSTATE PORNOGRAPHYThe Ideoloy of the End of IdeologyTHE POWER OF THE POWERLESSTrade DeficitVicarious PleasuresWe Hold this to be a Universal TruthYOUR WORKFascism by ConsensusHermetic TerrorismLOVE AT FIRST SIGHTThey Left Nothing in their Wake


From PORNOTERRORISM / De-Aestheticising Power, edited by Louis Armand & Jaromir Lelek (Prague: Litteraria, 2015). ISBN 978-80-7308-587-2 (paperback) 208pp (full colour)

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