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By Jacques Derrida

Antonin Artaud (1896-1948)—stage and movie actor, director, author, drug addict, and visible artist—was a guy of rage and genius. The mystery artwork of Antonin Artaud is the 1st English translation of 2 well-known texts on his drawings and pics. in a single, Jacques Derrida examines the works that he first observed at the partitions of Paule Thévenin's condominium. His textual content, as frenzied as Artaud's, struggles with Artaud's unusual language and is punctuated by way of footnotes and asides that mirror this pressure ("How will they translate this?"). The more uncomplicated textual content of Paule Thévenin describes the background of Artaud's drawings and snap shots.

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23 The intonation that tasks the phrases past their which means, even right into a countermeaning: it's not merely within the sounded paintings that it kind of feels to have its position. Like every little thing that's projected, it takes and actually opens house, this "poetry in area" that "first takes on all of the technique of expression that may be used at the degree, like song, dance, paint, pantomime, mimicry, gesticulation, intonations, structure, lighting fixtures, and decor ... in our theater which has been residing less than the particular dictatorship of the be aware, this language of symptoms and mimicry, this silent pantomime, those attitudes, those gestures within the air, those target intonations, in brief every little thing I contemplate as particularly theatrical within the theater ... carelessly known as 'art. "' 24 we'll by no means take hold of the drama of the subjectile with out greedy this technique of the projectile. If pictography is heard either as tune and as though it have been track, it's to begin with via a undeniable strength of penetration. simply as sound penetrates the ear and the brain, simply so the pictographic act moves eighty five and bombards, perforates, pierces and forces, digs in and traverses. And the adversary opposed to which this strength initiatives itself is the subjectile. From then on pictography turns into, like this song, the relevant artwork through which the theater might be governed. "La Mise en scene et Ia metaphysique" is exemplary during this regard. for no less than 3 purposes. Exemplary, within the such a lot consistent means, as to Artaud's relation to portray, to the theater,2 five to track, and therefore to "poetry in area. " it's the related artwork, past paintings. Exemplary simply because this paintings itself, kind of like past paintings, the following unearths its paradigm in an image entitled Lot and His Daughters, by means of Lucas van Leyden [seep. 12 above]. Exemplary as a result of undertaking that portray sees itself explicitly assigned right here: it really is to offer the easiest instance for artwork, for the entire team of arts to which it belongs, even whereas it retains a spot aside, inside of them. yet as a supplementary paradox, it retains this position aside and this exemplary prestige in basic terms insofar because it is an paintings of listening to. "Even ahead of seeing what's going, you experience that it really is whatever of serious significance, and also you may perhaps say that the ear is moved even as the attention. " 26 This "at an identical time" of the attention and the ear makes, of pictorial paintings, an paintings that spills over the bounds of portray, "that form of portray which merely is aware find out how to practice paint. " 27 The latter expression speaks of a undeniable literality of portray; right here it has a unfavorable price that during different locations, as we'll see, looks reversed. yet truthfully its that means can have replaced. past that secular enclosure of a portray that is familiar with in basic terms tips on how to follow paint, pictography, which addresses itself additionally to the ear, turns into the version of all paintings, particularly of the theater: "In any case, I publish that this portray is what the theater may be, if the theater knew the best way to communicate the language that belongs to it. " 28 Now, during this portray, the person who the theater "should be," and that situates the ultimate vacation spot of paintings, its deal with, what promises the analogy among the noticeable and the audible in the course of the projectile of an into- 86 nation?

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