Posted by: glue | November 3, 2008

Orpheus Outside

Becoming Image

Becoming Image

The act of writing begins with Orpheus’ gaze, and that gaze is the impulse of desire which shatters the song’s destiny and concern, and in that inspired and unconcerned decision reaches the origin, consecrates the  song.  But Orpheus already needed the power of art in order to descend to that instant.  This means: one can only write if one arrives at the instant towards which one can only move through space opened up by the movement of writing.  In order to write one must already be writing.  The essence of writing, the difficulty of experience and the leap of inspiration also lie within this contradiction. Maurice Blanchot, “The Gaze of Orpheus.”

EmerAgency Consulting

EmerAgency Consulting

Here is the scene of transduction, configured by Blanchot, updating Avatar, rereading the allegory for modernism.  Writing is orphic — that dimension of writing retired by the Enlightenment, that is, by the tradition that admits only light (in all senses).  What of the dark?  Blanchot is our relay, with his account of ecriture in turn in need of allegorical treatment.  If the story of Orpheus and Eurydice figures ecriture, what does ecriture figure (for electracy)?  Or, to anticipate:  what is the Outside for avatar?

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