Sharing the World

Sharing the World

We are done with images telling us what to see, telling us what to do

We are done with images posted and reposted on social media

We are done with the image as a lure and as a deception

We are done with the image as representation and repression (of life)

We are done with the image as made by and made for human minds

We are done with the poor image, we want rich images!

rich in meaning, rich in bonding

Images that are intervals, images that happen in between

Images that are no longer carried by light only

as if the other elements were not involved

Image as a visual entity is nothing but a collective hallucination

We have learnt to see images where there is only ambient light

We have learnt to correlate image and world

following the rules of central perspective

The basic meaning of images

is that forced correlation

But flickering on our digital screens is light, is waves

spreading out and being captured without intention

And what about those other waves, the electromagnetic waves that are pulsing through our bodies,

the constant change in electric tension of our cellular membranes that makes us alive

And what about those other waves, the electromagnetic waves that are pulsing through our universe,

that impact life on earth and on other planets

What if the image had nothing to do with the visual?

What if the image had something to do with sound?

What if the image had everything to do with the dance of the community?

What if the image were nothing but the infinite connectedness of being,

the connectedness of bodies and minds… as waves?

Image: an eco-relation, an eco-bonding

Image: an interspecies commons

Image: a sharing of the world1

This text was written and performed for the overture to POSTIMAGE OPERAAAHHH!, an experimental “Singspiel” by Ingrid Hoelzl, first performed at the Collegium Helvticum, ETH Zurich, on June 20, 2019.

1 “Sharing the world” refers to Sharing the World by Luce Irigaray (Continuum, 2008). Michael Marder’s contribution to the Caliban special issue Sharing the World, entitled “To Share without Dividing,” addresses Luce Irigaray’s notion of (female) logos as an ecology, which she contrasts with (male) nomos as an economy. While the former is “a sharing without dividing,” the second is “a dividing without sharing our planetary dwelling.” Michael Marder, “To Share without Dividing,” in Sharing the World, ed. Scott Slovic, Caliban 55 (2016): 69-86, here 70.

 

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