OBSERVER, OBSERVED

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Chasm as shadow: kinda a Jungian anthropomorphism. this images has anima and animus as each other’s animus and anima and together, as they walk in to the sunset together, they project a non-anthropomorphized shadow wherein resides (hides?) the persona.

Or maybe not … perhaps this hendiatris: Art, Arbeit, and Amour. Arbeit, German for work, is the suit without a person, Amour, French for love, the person without a suit, plus Art as a person in a suit. They are all location on the unpleasant wherever you are stuck exposed/imprisoned continuum.

Does either ordering match up with Lacan’s real, imaginary and symbolic? Work is all for the Other, an empty uniform kinda says that, yes? And it is all about arbitrary signs, i.e. money and other measures of statue, so is it the symbolic order?

Then there is Love, is it “real” in Lacan’s sense of it? It does resist re-presentation; it can only be directly experienced but often only paradoxically as a desire which requires its lack. Then there remains only Art/persona. That must therefore be the Imaginary order: Iconic, subjective, twixt thinking and being—cogito ergo [et] sum.

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The world, the Others (Das Man or The One? Your call) analyze. They take it all apart, they cure nothing. To find out how a clock works you take it apart but then it doesn’t work. This Other is on the clock—time is money, of course. She’s also in a world of her own, pretending to listen for 50 minutes or so all the while lobbing back shopworn aphorisms at the artist’s equally shopworn narratives of woe.

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The third paradox: There are bus shelters on both sides of a busy road. A bus has stopped at the one on the far side and people are getting off and on it. On the one on the near side there are posters stating that is stop is “out of service,” but they are written in a language the artist doesn’t understand, so he futilely waits. The bus that would stop is the bus that never stops. It’ll be the one with an “out of service” route sign stopping at the “out of service” stop.

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Sources:

http://mythsdreamssymbols.com/termnology.html
https://melaniemenardarts.wordpress.com/2010/10/09/jacques-lacan-the-symbolic-the-imaginary-the-real/
http://csmt.uchicago.edu/glossary2004/symbolicrealimaginary.htm

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