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George Bataille’s The Tears of Eros unfolds, innocently enough, as a simple timeline of the history of eroticism in art. According to Bataille. The Tears of Eros is the culmination of Georges Bataille’s inquiries into the relationship between violence and the sacred. Taking up such figures as Giles de . Inspired by Georges Bataille’s essay Tears of Eros, this short hybrid film/video is about erotism and death. Through different analogue manipulations of the.

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Alastair Hamilton New York and London: Any central focus in the image is diffused by the overlapping planes of foreground and middle ground, and by the detail of people standing to the left and right. And I celebrate that.

Quotes from The Tears of Eros. Jul 26, Elizabeth Timme rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Main content page count The least of these transitions is the movement between being clothed and nude, or in the throes of sexual ecstasy.

This self-consciousness about the circumstances of looking turns up again in Elkins’ description of an exhibition of photographs of lynchings. My initial thought was that Bataille, being a French intellectual, was predetermined by his cultures French culture, intellectual culture, and French intellectual culture to be circumspect, emotional, and smugly unconcerned that his audience might not understand him.

Contesting this theory of transgressive art put forward in FormlessElkins turns to Bataille’s publication of photographs of lingchior the death by a hundred cuts.


The emphasis on art in The Tears of Texrs indicates that Bataille believed that art could be conceived as a gateway to an impossible thought of this loss.


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Tears of Eros is the culmination of Georges Bataille’s inquiries into the relationship between violence and the sacred. This is the precise difference between Bataille’s inclusion of the lingchi images in a continuum and that of Elkins, who preserves them as an inassimilable remainder. To think about art, then, is to think about this transgressive movement between the two, in order to stage a “permanent revolution”, a movement without arrest in either the stratified structures of civilisation or the senselessness tesrs orgiastic experience.

It is a photograph of a Chinese man undergoing horrible torturous mutilation. There are criticisms that could be made of this selection of art. Title The Tears of Eros. Perhaps a precondition to awareness of eroticism is nataille enter the world of the erotic… the world of the body… the world of automatic writing where the mind must abandon consciously controlled literary sobriety.

The Tears of Eros

In bayaille Bataille examines death—the “little death” that follows sexual climax, the proximate death in sadomasochistic practices, and death as part of religious ritual and sacrifice. I can see bqtaille existentialist in him demanding that humanity live truthfully in the awareness of their own meaningless bodies.

Death and Sexuality and Prehistoric Painting: The world of the erotic is the world of flesh, emotions, and sensations… a transient world derived from our animal nature. City Lights published two of his other works: Jun 03, Darren rated it really liked it.

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I can imagine someone fascinated with human sacrifice as being someone who is committed to the world of the teaars perhaps one that would argue for the earthbound nature of Satanism. It is enough that the phrase has significant meaning, however different, for each of us. Yet for Bataille this impossibility demands to be thought because it exceeds those conditions that bind human beings to the discontinuity of death.


It is not so much lingchi that is intolerable here as a thought about lingchi that seems impossible, because tearrs think it is to transgress the human which is constituted by the very prohibition of such a thought.

San Batailoe Poet Laureates. Bataille asserts that the face of this man, with eyes raised heaven-ward a la St. Un poco oscuro, muy Bataille. What is Bataille talking about? Can words be erotic simply by being of the body, by being automatically called up from the subconscious? This was the first Bataille book I ever read, so so good. Bourgon makes this identification, which places this figure of formidable cruelty in the same line of sight as the viewer of the photograph.

Lingchi violates such transgressions, and carries on a tradition of sacrifice in human societies. Yet I suspect that these would be historical limitations for Bataille rather than theoretical ones, as his choices were limited to what was available to him.

I read it and laugh.