Academic journal article Chicago Review

On Palinode

Academic journal article Chicago Review

On Palinode

Article excerpt

  We have now reached a stage of experimentation with new collective
  constructions and new synthesis, and there is no longer any point in
  combating the values of the old world by a Neo-Dadaist refusal.
  Whether these values be ideological, artistic, or even financial, the
  proper thing is to unleash inflation everywhere.
  --Michele Bernstein

Because palinode is relational or prepositional, like emotion, it has to do with change, but not with the propulsive will. By issuing, or inviting desertion, palinode perforates the sovereign. Desertion is metrical. Each passive catastrophe is new. Each is a shape of reception become material. Expectancy turns to and from habit. Fear is involved, which is not harmful. Here the subject, an incomplete desertion, is metrical only, a pattern of surge and rest and cry and resist.

I need a detailed account of passivity so I'm trying to make one. I have never completed an act of passivity. I built nothing. I don't know what I'll do with it. I memorize in my bed at night and loose the words in my sleep. I record that loss. I started thinking about passivity by studying furniture. I picture here the sociality of cinema, but with no image--Derek Jarman's Blue perhaps. I thought of a bed. I thought of a chair. I thought of a cupboard. I want to think about the shapeliness of reception, about expectancy recumbent. I wanted to participate in change. I was lucky and I was wrong. I'm not sure it's identity.

It became more and more interesting--this interiority I mean, in itself material and so resisting. It does spread problems. It doesn't come naturally to me or to anyone to be passive. It doesn't exist. It furnishes the wrong desire, the wrong desire, the wrong desire. It has no spatial discretion. It has to do with negativity as decoration. It is a clown with no image. It is difficult to arrest an excess of interiority. It's shaped and then deployed as a technique. It is more passive than furniture. …

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