[-empyre-] creative powerlessness, expressive violence, performance

Reinhold Görling goerling at phil.hhu.de
Mon Nov 17 08:02:21 EST 2014

Sorry for being quite direct: but if you refuse to understand violence as communication it will be very difficult to come to a critique of violence. (And you shut your eyes before the possibility that communication can be violence.)


> Am 16.11.2014 um 20:37 schrieb simon <swht at clear.net.nz>:
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> On 17/11/14 02:52, PierMartonGmail wrote:
>> the principle “violence as communication” is no help to me.
>> I can easily interpret everything around me as communication (and I DO listen to trees, mountains, animals, no kidding).
>> It is good that art takes place in prisons, mental institutions, etc…but empowerment may start with any kind of listening - of paying attention to…
> yes, equally on this list... however, the 'defeat of impotence' as a remedy for violence is a formula which struck me, and this may simply be the powerlessness to act at all, or to be heard in all the noise.
> I agree - and so there is communication - 'violence as communication' is no help; albeit that violence has been dressed up as performance in the discussion: however, violence as a form of expression is a different proposition. From the point of expression, expressing an intention, whether natural or anti-, it can acquire qualities of ritual or convention, conferring status or recognition, communicating, representing, and becoming performance or art.
> Best,
> Simon
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