Wednesday, November 28, 2007

In this space ...

In this space ... the real is already imaginary and detached from its truth, its identity. In this space, the plasticity of matter no longer refers to the substance to which qualities cling but to the arrested death that is the rigorous immobility of the statue. It is ambiguous space and it is the most subtle of bodies, for it is neither substance nor image but rather the liquidation of the elemental distance that separates the two. This space belongs neither to art nor to philosophy, neither to the image nor to the concept. In contrast to the philosopher, the artist is allied with the very weakness of space itself: communication or sheer communication - the pure “there is”.
from Radical Passivity by Thomas Carl Wall.


  1. Anonymous9:15 pm

    Wow you have found Radical Passivity by Thomas Wall. The best book on Blanchot in my opinion

    Will Large

  2. Actually, I've owned it since May 2000 but have never read it! His essay in your Parallax edition and his review of Lars' 2nd book were so impressive that I knew I had to read it eventually.



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