By Nancy, Jean-Luc; McKeane, John
During this paintings, Jean-Luc Nancy is going past his prior ancient and philosophical inspiration and attempts to imagine - or a minimum of crack open a bit to pondering - a stance or bearing that may be appropriate to the retreat of God that effects from the self-deconstruction of Christianity.
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And to remain with our current topic: this choice implies a sort of turning away from the principle of adoration. It is not by chance that, from the “golden calf” to the outdated miser and up to the present entrancement of traders with the profits made possible by the movement of huge virtual bodies of money, certain elements of a caricatural adoration appear: admiration, veneration, fascination, alienation in all senses of the word—for it is all a question of madness. This madness falls into a pattern that is exactly the reverse of the other madness present in adoration: the madness of relating to a value without equivalent, to a sense outside of sense.
It is impossible not to allow some vague relation to emerge between ab-dicere (and/or ab-dicare, since the two verbs are close to one another here) and ad-orare, even though dire is related to the declaration and to its content, while orer (as Old French had it) suggests speech as address. However, leaving French aside, this sort of brushing contact between the two words can indicate something to us. If there is a distinctive characteristic of our society, it would seem to be addiction. Some have said that our society is addicted to addiction: indeed, no other culture has known such an extension of the ensemble of addictive phenomena, which, of course, range from serious and less serious drug addictions, to addictions to food or to its refusal (the phenomena of obesity or anorexia), to video games and to the screen in general, to constant listening to prerecorded music, to the unending renewal of excitement caused by fashion, by information, by images of leisure, beaches, tanning, travel, and even to at least one aspect of the speculative vertigo that leads to financial “bubbles” .
The English translations available—“echoing,” “referring,” “sending,” and “dispatching”—cannot reestablish the proximity, itself an echoing, of course, between the two terms. ” A further close-knit family of terms has had to be separated during its voyage into the English language. The French throbs with terms such as pulsation, pulsion, impulsion, not to mention pousée and compulsion (although the latter, seen as too obsessive, is set aside from Nancy’s thinking of the drive to sense). Glosses of these terms have been given where possible, but common translations are “beating” for pulsation, “drive” for pulsion (thus aligning with Freudian vocabulary in both languages), and “thrust” for pousée.
Adoration by Nancy, Jean-Luc; McKeane, John