Posted by: glue | November 18, 2009

Figural Mapping

Avatar Emergency continued:  Interscene 4.  Miami Virtue: Discipline Discourse

Ulmer’s theory of choragraphy motivating the design of the Miami consultation is explained, relating the four discourses documented in the Interscenes to the tradition of allegory.  Fredric Jameson noted the relevance of medieval allegory as a relay for understanding the need for a microcosm-macrocosm connection, which he sought through architectural cognitive mapping.  Mystory is a genre for writing/thinking in all four primary discourses of modern life at once.  The flash of flash reason occurs through the bachelor machine superimpositions of four dimensions of experience, producing an emergent pattern.  The relay is from medieval allegory of the sort Dante used to structure his Comedy.  The four levels are the literal (Old Testament story of Israel coming out of Egypt), allegorical (Christ’s Passion); moral (the believer’s personal salvation), anagogical (redemption of the world at the end of time).  This structure is updated, secularized, by translating the quartenary into modern discourses:  history of the community; entertainment identification with a celebrity; personal habitus; discipline or career field.  Lacan’s four categories map readily onto the system:  Symbolic, Imaginary, Symptom, Real.

Proportional Analogy

The querent with the assistance of the diviner (the FRE in this case), receives from the archives (the documentation of the zone) information selected through the filter of the personal anecdote.  The individual symptom, in other words, replaces anagogy as hegemonic in the allegory.  The formal details of Revelle’s ordinating anecdote featured a mattress.  This mattress becomes the hinge of the system, opening passage between microcosm and macrocosm, finding matches in each of the other registers.  This pattern of repeating mattresses includes Revelle’s memory of the childhood game in the basement of the mattress maker in Skeeversville; the Haitian trader Simon Lubin, whose impounded boat was loaded with used mattresses; the analogy of the “quilting point” in Lacan’s psychoanalysis; the bedroom tactics of the femme fatale in neo-noir narratives.  The querent receives the pattern as uncanny, recognizing the truth of the pattern as an answer to the burning question:  in my relationship with my partner, I am impounded (like the derelict Haitian trader).  Here is a goal of this project, of the figure as rhetoric opening the avatar relation (the relation between self and image):  an affective encounter with my disposition, nature, virtue, daimon, genius, limit.

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