[-empyre-] concerning Ayotzinapa, and more Antigone's bones

Johannes Birringer Johannes.Birringer at brunel.ac.uk
Sun Nov 9 07:00:41 EST 2014


it is hard to maintain any composure, I also trembled when I read and felt sick to my stomach, and it was a different reaction to seeing images (say, of ISIS, or conflict areas in Iraq, Syria, Palestine, or the ghostly scenario in East Ukraine).

I merely read.  And just read Ana being at the funeral. 
It was different to September 11, and I will comment on Simon's experience, and his visit to Hiroshima some other time, as it moved me a lot what he said about the locals ("They seemed to acknowledge with their smiles that a typhoon is a natural way to die"). It moved me deeply, in most complex contradictory feelings remembered, mixed up, admittingly, from my location in german countryside September 11 (not knowing what Stockhausen, composer of 28-hour long performance cycle LICHT (Light) would say later), in the moment of rupture or interruption. Rusto Bharucha mentions it as well, when he speaks of a second of jubilation confused with visceral horror and grief, anguish. 

The sons are dead. Raven gone.

Murat, thank you for your comments, most alarming perspectives of violence (subjectivities of power) you describe, but the silence of the lamb, is that true?  Isaac's lament?
or is it always the preserve of the survivors to lament (Monika Weiss, invited to speak about her artwork back in the 2012 debate on "Pain, Suffering, and Death in the Virtual" brilliantly
articulated her understanding of lamentation)?

Here is Monika:

>>I think of Lament also as a form,incantation, return, calling, echoing, hence my use of Lament's ABA format. The pollution that happens when the two worlds cross and merge, then and now, dead and alive. I think of Lament as enunciation and as anamnesis, also as a direct sibling of historical memory which, when real and subversive, is capable of undoing power, to some extent. That's why my work has been gradually [over the last 10 years or so] moving towards a focus on the idea of a City, specifically City's memory and City as a martyr.....>>

lest we confuse rupture with rapture. but Stockhausen obviously, carelessly, evoked the Sublime. 

thank you

[Alan schreibt]

oh God, Johannes, how can anyone really 'deal' with this? how could the
students, Mexico, anyone? I'm sitting here in tears and we're talking
analytically online and we have to, I just don't always have the

humans do hell to each other, this is just awful, the worst because it's
breaking now.
- Alan, thank you for posting

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