Dufourmantelle, Ronnel, Alferi – 2012 aug 15

Alferi: Monsters (McKay) / Monstrosities – hybrids / natural forms (Granville) – Entree des Androgines (male/females) 

  • hybridity = the betterment of 
  • size / scale
    • from the spec to the spectacular 
    • kafka’s father as ‘all bunched up’ 
    • exceeding calculation 
  • Neitszche’s inverted cripple
    • very proud of his little ears –  
  • Serres 
    • parasite (french) – noise
  • infanticide 
    • children and hospitality 
  • Freud:  When a woman dreams about worms she is pregnant
  • Nightmare invokes the monstrous shelter 
  • Mere Folle – the jester – poeticity – allows the speaking of truth
    • Speaking humour to the heart of power – monstrous baffoons – superheroes with a great weakness
    • The power – sovereign – monster – God is a monster
    • Dora / Freud – guinea pig of a new experiment – we have to take the risk of the monstrosity hidden in the language
  • Zombies are what we are becoming very soon – 
  • Breast / monster / menstration
    • Melanie Klein
    • The breast as persecution – the first relation to alterity / the other
  • Using the gothic (Marx and the werewolf, etc.) to describe structural monstrosity.  The return of infantile projects in times of war…
    • The monsterisation of the enemy
    • Hegelian war – wars of history – contemporary wars don’t carry to term the pregnancy of history
  • Hegel and monsters of difference – as the art production process
  • Capitalism / canabalism – those involved in the market who lost money during the crash invited the vampire into your own home 
  • Frankenstein’s reading list
    • Goethe – reading about suicide – a manual for disposing of himself out of love for his creator
    • The monstrous removed from a 
    • Mis a mort – Golem
    • Monstrous is that what you can’t get rid of
  • Distortion
    • racism / politics / power
  • Let the Right One In / Handling the Undead – Pet Sematary
  • The relationship between monstrousness and what is really there – “the real.”  
    Do we use the monster to understand that which we can’t ‘handle’ (that we’re on our own, etc.)  

A Monster Soup commonly called Thames Water Coloured etching by William Heath London 1828

A Monster Soup commonly called Thames Water – William Heath, 1828
  • The technical monster – are all monsters (as extra-human, outside nature) technical?  Frankenstein, vampires, zombies – technical in origin
    • Faust – the technomonster 
    • Fritz Lang’s Metropolis
    • Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times
    • E.M. Forster’s “The Machine Stops”
    • Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World
    • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Duino Elegies by Rainer Maria Rilke

Henrich von Kleist

  • AmphytrionAlkmene
  • Ach!  
    • WTF
    • whatever… 
    • “ou pas” – or not… 
    • really///? (californian, portland) 
  • Diacritical mark – exclamations 
  • Habe nun, ach!   I have ‘ach’ (Faust)
  • The beginning of texts starting with made up words – unintelligibility – in order to transition into the text
  • ‘sprache’, ‘sache’
  • Kant-crise

From Alex Wolf

The Call of Cthulhu – H.P. Lovecraft, 1926.  “Of such great powers or beings there may be conceivably a survival… a survival of a hugely remote period when… consciousness was manifested, perhaps, in shapes and forms long since withdrawn before the tide of advancing humanity… forms of which poetry and legend alone have caught a flying memory and called them gods, monsters, mythical beings of all sorts and kinds…” – Algernon Blackwood

The Horror In Clay.  The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.

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