By Ros Murray
This ebook serves as research of the aesthetics of materiality within the multifaceted paintings of Antonin Artaud, one among Twentieth-Century France's so much provocative and influential figures, spanning literature, functionality, artwork, cinema, media and demanding thought.
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This book is, of course, completely impossible, yet absolutely necessary according to Artaud because it proves that universal communication is possible, so it must exist only in its imaginary status. Again the language itself contradicts claims to universality because it does contain elements whose meaning can be interpreted according to a Latin-based language – the last two lines in particular correspond well in Latin to Artaud’s general themes of defecation, putrification and bodily matter – ‘pesti’ ‘putra’, and the important term ‘anti’ which reoccurs throughout his glossolalic 24 Antonin Artaud texts.
The medium that Artaud employs to escape this abrupt end to the thinking process is the body, and by attempting to emphasise the presence of the physical body through the material medium, such as the surface of the paper, Artaud puts into play a distinctly corporeal notion of representation. So, whilst representation is in some instances equated with separation and distance, conceived as a theft of the thinking process from the body, and thus a kind of death, what Artaud seeks is a representation that is pure expression, and requires bodily presence.
He argues that rather than concentrating on matter itself, materialists idealise matter, which is to treat it as if it were an idea or concept. 18 In rejecting both ideology and idealism, Bataille seeks to divorce materiality from its status as an idea, and pay attention to the raw phenomena existing in the world.
Antonin Artaud: The Scum of the Soul by Ros Murray