sexta-feira, julho 05, 2013

bodies without organs: a formula to freedom

For you can tie me up if you wish,
but there is nothing more useless than an organ.
When you will have him a body without organs,
then you will have delivered him from all his automatic reactions
and restored him to his true freedom 
-- To Have Done with the Judgment of God, Antonin Artaud

The body without organs is one of Artaud’s most famous and impalpable concepts. Fraught with paradox and inconsistency, it is most popularly cited in one Artaud’s final works To Have Done with the Judgment of God. In Judgment, Artaud condemns organs as “marks of a judgment … permanently etched within us.” (Brown, 3). Here the organs, or rather, the organization structure of the human body/being hinders man’s contact to a more infinite reality.

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