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Au contraire. Le facteur! Georges, pour le satisfaire, y consentit volontiers. Qui sait? Grettly le conduisit coucher avec une tasse de camomille. Ordre d'appel. Que faire? Qu'est-ce que cela veut dire? Allons, je parie maintenant que ce colis renferme mon uniforme L'Europe seule comptait. Fadaises que tout cela! Bellone, avec ses puissants engins, se chargera d'en ouvrir.
Par Bellone! Ah oui! Quand je serai la femme de ce monsieur, je l'aurai toujours devant moi! Tu persistes vraiment? Laisse-le dormir! Ne crains rien, pas de surmenage, un petit travail doux! Tout fut vite entendu. Ce richissime ex-banquier, Arthur Pigott, traitant M. A l'origine de toutes les grandes et hautes familles, monsieur, que voyez-vous?
Pigott, hideuses violences des temps barbares! Pas de violences, pas de soudards brutaux! Je reprends! Que devient l'ancienne? Jules Pommard n'est pas de ceux qui restent bredouilles. Voici une illustration plus haute encore, M. Le collectivisme mourait de son triomphe. Trop de fils! N'importe, ce sera bien. Nous voyons donc ici vraiment l'art de l'avenir. Ainsi l'art va toujours progressant. Sa pauvre femme est une martyre; heureusement, Georges est doux et charmant, ma fille sera heureuse!
Il n'y aura pas plus de cuisine chez mon fils que chez moi. Votre cuisine de la Grande Compagnie d'alimentation, tenez, ce n'est jamais que de la confection! Cet insignifiant organe ne doit pas primer et opprimer le cerveau, l'organe roi, madame!
Ce fut aussi M. Les grandes affaires en train. Elle sera seule pourvue! Inclinons-nous devant la souveraine puissance de la science! Premier point: la place est affaiblie. Le poisson d'eau douce ne se rencontre plus que dans les ruisselets et les mares au fond des campagnes lointaines. Fatal calcul! On ne pourra trouver mieux que les engins et produits que nous mettons actuellement en circulation Vous allez voir, messieurs, une belle guerre!
Mais tranquillisez-vous. Je me fais fort de vous trouver mieux, beaucoup mieux que tout cela, avant deux ans! Mais attendez et ne maudissez pas la science! Plus d'explosifs, des miasmes! C'est simple, c'est facile et c'est humanitaire!
Ai-je raison de qualifier de bienfaisante et d'humanitaire cette future forme de la guerre? On voyait rarement ensemble M. Elle reconnut les voix de M. Quelle existence m'avez-vous faite, je vous le demande? Je ne veux pas discuter ce point Oui, madame, scientifique aussi; cette partie du programme me regarde; pour le reste, je compte absolument sur vous Pauvre cher enfant! Mais avec moi vous ne craignez rien; venez donc et voyez! Il y avait de quoi: les voix de M.
Admirez les bienfaits de la science! Et tous les jours, par suite de ces divergences de vues de mes parents, il y a discussion, querelle Vous voyez pourtant qu'elle a du bon! Il faut que je vous conte cela Des oh! Tel est le but de Philox Lorris. Philox Lorris. Son Excellence M. Quelques milliardaires internationaux: MM.
Il y a quelque chose Je vous assure que ce n'est pas comme hier! Il est si distrait depuis quelques jours Un mouvement se produit, on se regarde sans rien dire encore Le morceau continue Ce n'est pas un simple chat que le rossignol a dans la gorge, c'est toute une bande de matous vocalisant ou miaoulisant sur tous les tons possibles! Quelle stupeur! Qu'est-ce que cela voulait dire?
Et ainsi des autres. Furieux, M. Sulfatin, et je cherche M. Sulfatin pour lui demander C'est stupide! La maison Philox Lorris ne manque pas d'ennemis, ils vont s'esclaffer Sulfatin, ils sont certainement parfaits Encore une fois, Sulfatin avait eu une distraction, lui qui n'en avait jamais. Mais M. Plus de jambes! Permettez que j'aille le chercher Philox Lorris s'informa. Machinalement, M.
Tenez, j'en ai assez! Je veux le savoir! J'en ai assez! Philox Lorris, c'est donc vrai ce qu'on m'a dit. Mon Dieu, vous devriez comprendre Vous allez bien! Qu'avez-vous fait de votre ex-malade? Le chef de la ligue revendicatrice des droits masculins est une victime! Jadis, au temps de sa lointaine jeunesse, M. Puis M me des Marettes disparut et M. C'est l'aurore des temps.
Ah, grand Dieu! Philox Lorris? Elle est revenue, soit! Seigneur, va-t-elle me tourmenter! Il est encore temps Cela me semble abusif. Nous plaiderons! C'est mon droit D'ailleurs, voici M. En effet, dans le petit salon, M. Regardez-le aujourd'hui! Maintenant, vous pouvez regarder, toucher, faire mouvoir M. Soulevez-moi ce fauteuil Voyez, il jonglerait avec ce divan! Bien, bien, assez! Nous organisons par tout le pays des services d'inoculation et de vente Grands dieux!
Je suis attendu chez moi Je ne me sens pas bien! Ils ont pu prendre la direction de l'ambulance et donner tous leurs soins aux malades. Philox Lorris, Sulfatin et M. Notre grande affaire va manquer par votre faute Vous m'avez couvert de ridicule devant le monde savant! Mais vous me le paierez! Par bonheur, M. On les proclama martyrs de la science! Martyrs de la science!
Gigantesque pas en avant! Philox Lorris me le reproche toujours Je m'enferme ici pour Nous serons deux, si vous voulez? J'abandonne le laboratoire et je reste avec vous, dit Estelle avec joie. Ne voyant presque plus Estelle, M. Georges Lorris put s'en apercevoir un jour que M.
Voyons, je suis tellement pris Passe-moi mon carnet A propos, sapristi! Je dois t'avouer, mon cher enfant, que j'ai eu des distractions en ces temps derniers Je baisse, mon ami, je baisse The question of the life of the city, and the authority by which it could be known and contested, I will argue in this book, was at the very heart of the creative endeavours of Montmartre writers and artists.
Until the present study, however, this important dimension of the historical geography of the modern metropolis has remained largely ignored. The Chat Noir This book analyzes the urban culture of several cafes, cabarets and other performance spaces in Montmartre. The most well-known performance space — and arguably the most important — was the Chat Noir cabaret. The first Chat Noir building was tiny, comprising only two rooms.
The Hydropathes were no longer welcome at their former meeting venue in the Latin Quarter, and Salis and Goudeau quickly came to an arrangement that the artists would come to the Chat Noir to meet, drink, and share work and ideas.
Its first successes came from word of mouth. One advert in the journal proclaimed, with characteristic hyperbole: The Chat Noir is the most extraordinary cabaret in the world. You mingle with the most famous men in Paris, who meet there with foreigners from every corner of the globe. People hurry in and press themselves inside. Come on in! The cabaret soon became a favourite destination for writers, poets, musicians, and artists, who were both the clients and the entertainment, since they lost no opportunity to donate pictures, recite poetry, and play music.
Salis managed to obtain permission to put a piano in the cabaret something that was usually banned , and thus started the tradition of popular song which is now strongly associated with Montmartre. This book contributes to current understandings of the Chat Noir by conducting a detailed analysis of the spatial elements of the performances, parades, and literature there. Through analyses of its imaginative geographies of Paris, its parodies of museum spaces, and the synaesthetic performances that aimed to creatively work upon the geographies of the body, I will draw out the ways in which it tested and challenged bourgeois assumptions concerning the experiential life of the city.
Be modern! It troubles with its evocation of alienating forces of rationalization and homogenization: the imposition of geometric grids; the sterilization of urban environments; the violent elimination of ambiguity. Yet something about it retains a certain allure: the technological production of unimaginable new powers and capacities; the thrill of the new and the unexpected; the production of dramatically new forms of experience and subjectivity.
Sois moderne! Some aspects of modernity seem violently to close down creativity, but others provide the means for an enormous proliferation of new forms of creativity and difference. In modernity, the potential for stylizing new arts of life — novel ways of creating subjectivity and experience — can appear almost unbounded. As Zygmunt Bauman puts it: Our lives, whether we know it or not and whether we relish the news or bewail it, are works of art. To live our lives as the art of life demands, we must, just like the artists of any art, set ourselves challenges which are … well beyond our reach, and standards of excellence that vexingly seem to stay stubbornly far above our ability … We need to attempt the impossible.
That art is something which is specialized or done by experts who are artists. Michel Sellenart, trans. By contrast, my focus in what follows is not so much on creative interventions on individual life, but on the ways in which Montmartre artists and political activists attempted to creatively intervene in the life of the city: the collective ecological environment that helped condition the conditions of possibility for life, experience and knowledge in modernity.
Poggioli, Theory of the Avant-Garde, trans. Fitzgerald According to Debord, the capitalist spectacle reduces life, as a dynamic, direct, richly embodied form of energy and experience, to immobility, abstraction, and lifelessness. Donald Nicholson-Smith Oxford, , p. The avant-garde interrupts the mundane repetitions of everyday life with a burst of vital, creative life.
Yet this theoretical approach to the intersection of art of life has serious flaws. Palmer and Nancy Paul London, Such a perspective requires a rejection of the simplistic distinction between consumer culture, which exists as a set of activities that are wholly complicit with the dominant forms of subject- formation, and an oppositional culture which carves out temporary enclaves that are free from the power of capital.
For all its revolutionary passion, the theory of spectacle is based upon an overly Romanticist critique of urban abstraction and alienation, and a correspondingly uncritical celebration of life, embodiment, and lived experience. Genuine urban life must be liberated from the oppressive powers of capital. Far from being destroyed, life became one of the key objectives of urban government.
In place of a Marxist critique of the destruction of the experiential and affective life of the city, then, a more fruitful line of inquiry is to pursue a critique of the contellations of power, authority and truth through which the life of the city was defined, known and controlled.
In fact, the nature and dynamics of life as a process of growth, creativity and experiential intensity was itself a crucial problem of nineteenth-century government. Montmartre bohemians, we will see, attempted to transform art through life just as much as they transformed life through art. Over the course of the nineteenth century, the city emerged as a prominent biopolitical space, a vast laboratory for experimenting with new ecologies of human life.
Modern government came to focus on ways of maximizing the life of the population. Thus biopolitical logics did not just support oppressive forms of control and domination, but also revolutionary movements and the founding of the welfare state.
London, , pp. Macy London, , p. Following the dramatic renovations of Parisian infrastructure during the Second Empire, the naturalization of the city continued and evolved during the Third Republic. George R. When people were no longer regarded as isolated individuals but part of a social whole, governmental intervention came to focus on the most important milieu of that whole — the city.
This eventually led to modern urbanism — a vision of the planned city as regulator of modern society. Such moves even made it possible for commentators to depoliticize one of the great revolutionary events of the nineteenth century, the Paris Commune. It is a specific set of cultural interventions in the life of the city that is the principal object of investigation of this study.
Here it is necessary to move beyond the focus of much Foucauldian literature on the technical administration of life. A hugely important literature on urban bipolitics has emphasized the growing role of the technical expertise of engineers, urban planners, doctors, architects, statisticians and cartographers, in the government of the city. Yet the life of the city was not only a technical object of experimentation, but also a cultural and performative space of experimentation.
Experiments with the life of the city were also conducted by artists, writers and musicians. Moreover, since the city was a privileged site of intersection of art, the everyday, and biological life, it was the city that became a key focus of avant-garde artistic and political experiments. This book advances historical and theoretical debates concerning the politics of life in the modern city, therefore, by investigating the role of arts and popular culture in testing, contesting, and reworking the forms of biopolitical knowledge, authority and expertise through which the life of the city was governed.
Modern environments and experiences cut across all boundaries of geography and ethnicity, of class and nationality, of religion and ideology: in this sense, modernity can be said to unite all mankind.
But it is a paradoxical unity, a unity of disunity: it pours us all into a maelstrom of perpetual disintegration and renewal, of struggle and contradiction, of ambiguity and anguish. Literature on biopolitical modernity has not always emphasized enough the extent to which the elevation of life as a supreme value motivated a parallel celebration of the energies of lived, embodied experience.
Whilst Ben Anderson has persuasively argued that the exercise of biopower is deeply tied up with the politics of affect in contemporary capitalism, there is no reason to suppose that this is only true of contemporary biopower. By highlighting the role of arts and popular culture in the testing and contesting of biopolitical urban discourses, I will draw on an important body of work exploring the role of embodied experience in the operation of biopolitical techniques of power, and in particular on performative interventions on biopolitical rationalities.
Tiedmann, trans. McLaughlin and H. Rather, biopolitical discourses, and the valorization of life as a social and cultural value that they motivated, created a framework of possibilities through which it was possible to stylize experience through new arts of life. Rather, experience is constituted through ethical relationships towards the present, as subjects stablish new styles of living within the contemporary limits of knowledge and structures of normalization.
Basingstoke, Art and popular urban culture formed powerful practices through which the life of the city could be experienced, made visible, and reimagined. Through art, dominant truths concerning the vitality of social life could be challenged and new truths about the life of the city could be voiced. Authority and Experience In his discussion of modernity as an ethos rather than an epoch or a type of experience, Foucault emphasizes the fact that an art of living demands styling a new relationship to authority.
Sheridan Smith, 2nd ed. My argument will be that the creative community of artists and anarchists that came together in Montmartre provides an illuminating example of an influential historical attempt to stylize a new aesthetics of authority. Beck ed. They did not only attempt to live out a utopian alternative lifestyle, I will argue, but to make this lifestyle an authoritative example for social and political transformation.
My argument, however, is that it would be more accurate to describe the intentions of the Montmartre community as being not just to destroy established forms of authority but to experiment with using embodied, affective experience as the grounds from which to engineer new forms of bottom- up authority.
The aim of the Montmartre artistic community was to create a cultural explosion of such luminescence that the rest of the world would be forced to take notice. The aims of this group were not merely destructive, but also constructive, in that they were committed to creating a wholly new form of aesthetic community that would provide the foundation for new values, new styles of living, and new political formations.
Spatialities of Humour Perhaps the most distinctive technique through which Montmartre bohemians attempted to stylize new forms of authority, truth and experience was a carnivalesque variety of humour. Rejecting the assumption that there is anything inherently positive, progressive, or anti-authoritarian in humour, research on humour has brought out the ways in which jokes can act as a powerful affective vehicles for creating and consolidating boundaries: securing, in other words, the integrity of the inside and outside of social groupings.
Scholars have discovered numerous ways in which humour has the power to include and exclude, since in order to work it relies upon nuanced sensitivities to shared histories, traditions or codes. As well as consolidating group boundaries and identities, however, humour can also disrupt them, and scholars have uncovered a variety of ways in which humour can challenge established representations and operate as a form of creative resistance or subversion.
What academic scholarship on humour has paid less attention to, however, are the non- representational aspects of humour: the means by which humour moves us in ways that are not reducible to their semantic or discursive content. Maria Hynes and Scott Sharpe, for example, emphasize the need to approach humour in ways that do not simply judge it through a representational logic that ties it to a pre-existing moral framework, but that remain attentive to the new openings that it can create.
Rather, it may serve as an entry point into understanding our desires, their social formation and the ways they translate as moral justifications. Such a genealogical enquiry is already affirmative, because it opens the way to a spirited revaluation of values. Indeed, I shall demonstrate in this book that understanding the affective qualities of humour requires attending to its imbrication in the biopolitical dynamics of life and lived experience.
Since the nineteenth century, we will see, humour has been closely tied to vitalist theories of embodied experience. In addition, the book will excavate aspects of the spatial politics of humour. The spatial aspects of humour have received relatively little attention in the scholarly literature. There are several ways, however, in which humour plays a role in the production and contestation of space and place.
Emphasis in the original. Humour emerged as a form of affective experience that could successfully express the contradictory aspects of modern experience in Montmartre. Some anarchist radicals, for example, found in humour a way of lending authority to their claims to embody the most dynamic, vital and lively forms of urban politics see Chapter 8. To begin exploring this argument, we will start with an aesthetic figure that was to prove hugely influential in the emergence of an avant-garde bio-cultural politics in Montmartre.
This was the figure of the black cat: a figure that crystallized key aspects of the biopolitical experience of truth in nineteenth century French culture. Soon the figure of the black cat became an ubiquitous signifier for the distinctively Montmartrois take on modern urban living. Later it would become an important part of the iconography of twentieth century anarchism and revolutionary socialism, via the black cat of the anarcho-syndicalist movement and then the Black Panther black power movement Figure 2.
But what was the significance of the black cat, and why did this figure so capture the imagination of Montmartre artists and anarchists? In this chapter, we shall explore the rich field of iconographic meanings that the black cat possessed in s Paris, in particular through a reading of the significance of the black cat in works by Edgar Allen Poe, Charles Baudelaire, and Eduard Manet. The black cat, I will suggest, emerged during the nineteenth century as a figure representing a distinctively modern experience of truth: a truth existing, not safely within the interior of the human subject, but at the outer limits of human life.
By the s, the black cat had become the quasi-mystical signifier of unrepresentable forms of life, experience and truth beyond the boundaries of the human subject. Figure 2. Left: poster for the touring Chat Noir shadow theatre, s. Designed by Ralph Chaplin, a prominent member of the Industrial Workers of the World, in the early s.
They are written with ardour; but you will doubtless discover there some signs of a very extraordinary overexcitement. The detective story was a genre that appealed to the middle classes and evoked an inhospitable urban environment filled with danger, fear, and unease.
Cited in P. The world Poe evokes in this story is dark, obscure, and incomprehensible; it is a world in which reactive passions, fuelled by intoxication, circulate unrestrained, far exceeding the bonds of reason. The narrator, a warm-hearted lover of animals, owns amongst other pets a large cat called Pluto, who is black, intelligent, and strikingly beautiful.
The cat recovers, albeit now with a frightful appearance. Inspecting the ruins, he finds the figure of a giant cat, with a rope around its neck, burned upon a piece of white plaster that had survived the conflagration. Although he finds a rational explanation for this appearance, the narrator is consumed with regret, unable to rid himself of its phantom. No-one knows where the cat came from, and he takes it home as a pet.
It quickly domesticates itself, and becomes cloyingly affectionate. Thus it immediately evokes a world of underground spirits, demons and uncanny presences. Soon, the narrator is moved by fury to kill the cat with an axe. It is a response to an overpowering experience of dread. The story is confessional in a double sense. Firstly, the narrator confesses his crime to the reader. Secondly, however, he is responsible for his own discovery and seems to have an unconscious desire for his crime to be revealed.
It is his triumphalist knocking on the false Ibid. The narrator cannot contain his guilty secret, but is compelled by a desire to confess the truth. By the end of the story, we know the truth. But we also know what path has to be travelled in order to experience it. Truth emerges, not through the power of human reason in the clear light of day, but hiding behind bricked walls in a space saturated with blood, calling for revenge, howling with anguish.
To encounter the truth, it is necessary to descend into the underworld, a land of demons, spirits, and the living dead. The experience of truth is an experience of the limit of life, of reason, of humanity itself. Truth emerges, not through the revelatory power of light, but through a sound whose source lies far behind the false wall of appearance and which pierces the metaphorical wall of the human body. Truth comes from a deeply felt, affective experience at the limits of organic life.
In this story, the black cat stands in for the malevolent side of unknowable supernatural forces. The cat haunts and unhinges the narrator, who blames it for the murderous act that leads him to the gallows. It is always double, both materially appearing in two physical bodies and emotionally, at once overbearingly intimate and disdainfully aloof, seductive and repellent, affectionate and spiteful, innocent and vengeful.
It is a material incarnation of immaterial, occult forces. Although the reality of these forces is left in question — the narrator challenges the reader to come up with a rational explanation of the events he relates — the cat embodies a fear of the beyond and the unknown, an alarm at the frailties and weaknesses of human reason, a foreboding of the violence of the human psyche.
Moreover, the narrator does not attest to the reality of these occult forces, but leaves it to the reader to make her own judgments about the true cause of the events. The truth of life comes from an impenetrable, invisible, unrepresentable realm beyond its borders. This was during a time in which cats were considered highly undesirable household pets.
Unlike dogs, who could be happily integrated into the bourgeois home, cats were associated with an intransigent and contemptible refusal to submit themselves fully to middle class domesticity. The cat, with its phosphoric eyes, which are like lanterns and stars to him, fearlessly haunts the darkness, where he meets wandering phantoms, sorcerers, alchemists, necromancers, resurrectionists, lovers, pickpockets, assassins, grey patrols, and all the obscene spectres of the night.
He appears to know the latest sabbatical chronicle, and he will willingly rub himself against the lame leg of Mephistopheles. Guy Thorne New York, , p. For some writers, the human gaze is the very foundation of society. By the glance which reveals the other, one discloses himself. By the same act in which the observer seeks to know the observed, he surrenders himself to be understood by the observer.
The eye cannot take unless at the same time it gives. The eye of a person discloses his own soul when he seeks to uncover that of another. The narrator surrenders himself to an inhuman gaze, and finds in it the Ideal, a truth beyond appearance. In doing so, he makes a surprising acknowledgement: the animal can respond to the human. In the sixteenth century, Western thought created a rigid epistemological barrier between the human and the nonhuman.
Only humans, it asserted, have a relationship with truth and knowledge; and only humans possess the active capacity to respond. But in this poem the narrator submits to this otherness and finds in it an experience of truth that is more powerful than anything he can gain from the world of human affairs. Raymond MacKenzie Indianapolis, , p. As Jacques Derrida puts it, As with every bottomless gaze, as with the eyes of the other, the gaze called animal offers to my sight the abyssal limit of the human: the inhuman or the ahuman, the ends of man, that is to say the bordercrossing from which vantage man dares to announce himself to himself, thereby calling himself by the name that he believes he gives himself.
And as a punishment for your madness and your blindness, you will love me just as I am! He cannot accept that truth is not idealized, pristine beauty but something ugly, transitory, and deformed. It is clear that he experienced the alienation of life in the modern city very intensely.
The modern artist, he believed, must live that modernity and let its truth imprint itself upon his being. Thus true heroism, for Baudelaire, was the ability to live at the heart of the unreal, of appearance. Exposing himself to the greatest extent possible to the destructive, alienating shocks of modernity is the precondition for exposing the true — destructive — face of modernity in poetic images. Baudelaire seems to have found the cat a particularly apt image for this unsettling affinity between poetic truth and the everyday world of appearance, sensation, death and intoxication.
In particular, he associated cats with the experience of intoxication and sensory abundance that was central to his view on urban modernity. Come, my fine cat, to my amorous heart; Please let your claws be concealed.
And let me plunge into your beautiful eyes, Coalescence of agate and steel. Her regard Like your own, my agreeable beast, Is deep and is cold, and it splits like a spear, And, from her head to her feet, A subtle and dangerous air of perfume Floats always around her brown skin.
James McGowan Oxford, , pp. It excites all of the senses, matching sensual exuberance with a disquieting sense of danger. It is here that its double nature is clearest. That is the secret of his charm. This purling voice that filters down Into my darkest depths of soul Fulfils me like a balanced verse, Delights me as a potion would. It puts to sleep the cruellest ills And keeps a rein on ecstasies — Without the need for any words It can pronounce the longest phrase.
The figure of the cat stages the sensual hedonism, but also the existential danger, of the five senses. Beauty, for Baudelaire, always has something strange in it, something ugly, something Ibid. Elle endort les plus cruels maux Et contient toutes les extases; Pour dire les plus longues phrases, Elle n'a pas besoin de mots. Sensory extravagance is haunted by a mysterious gulf that lies inaccessible to organic perception. In the figure of the cat, something of the road towards poetic truth in modernity can be glimpsed — a circuitous route that wanders the streets of the city alone in the dark of night, seeking transitory loves and exploring the furthest extremities of alienated urban living.
One belongs to a prostitute, naked apart from some jewellery, a flower in her hair, and small bow around her neck — a present shortly to be unwrapped. Although she is thin and diminutive, her gaze is defiant, cold and strong, confronting the viewer with a sexuality that is unadorned and undisguised. The first finger of her left hand disappears, scandalously, from view. Insert Figure 2. Do these eyes, perhaps, indicate something of what lies behind the inexpressive gaze of Olympia herself, an inhuman window into her hidden soul?
Thus Manet came as close as he dared to breaking the taboo on representing pubic hair in art. In fact, the opposite seems to be true. Her real nudity not merely that of her body is the silence that emanates from her, like that from a sunken ship. Olympia is a prostitute, completely undisguised and unadorned. Described by contemporaries as gorilla-like and corpse-like, she is devoid of any idealized beauty, existing only as a forceful assertion of erotic presence. The Second Empire was the great age of the courtesan, and in Olympia this sexual economy was laid bare in art for the first time.
Moreover, cats were associated with rapacious female sexuality. Indeed, Alphonse Toussenel, in his Zoologie Passionnelle, explicitly compared the cat to the prostitute. An animal so keen on maintaining her appearance, so silky, so shiny, so eager for caresses, so ardent and responsive, so graceful and supple However, it also plays a more formal role in the composition of the painting.
One of the striking features of Olympia is the tonal range employed: Manet employs a close range of light shades and a close range of dark shades, but with very subdued intermediate tones. The viewer has to make an effort to distinguish the closely related shades of light and dark. Thus the painting makes use of both a bold contrast between white and black, but also fine distinctions within those light and dark shades. Indeed, Emile Zola, defending the painting, justified the black cat and servant on precisely these grounds, arguing that they were included merely to make possible this striking tonal contrast.
The cat, tensed and with raised back, seems ready to attack the viewer. In light and dark, exteriority and interiority, impassivity and rage, Olympia meets our eyes twice simultaneously. In this way, the sheer presence of her nakedness is doubled; not only her outward appearance but her inner Kete, The Beast in the Boudoir: Petkeeping in Nineteenth-Century Paris, p.
Everything becomes opened to view. Olympia becomes a pure presence, her body unfolded before the viewer. But through this series of contrasts and doubles, it becomes clear that the power of the painting comes less from presence than from the impression of its negative image, absence, that is created. The truth that the painting presents to the viewer is, finally, not simply a truth concerning the mid-nineteenth century sexual economy, but a truth about truth.
Artistic truth, it shows us, must from henceforth be conveyed through absence rather than presence. Truth will no longer emanate from the interior of the subject, but from what lies beyond it. Truth must be discerned, not in the clear light of day, but in the silent horror of a black night. Truth and the Cynicism of Culture In modernity, writes Michel Foucault, we have forgotten a spiritual experience of truth that was at the heart of the ethics of Antiquity.
Parrhesia was a verbal activity in which speakers expressed a personal relationship to truth, and were willing to risk themselves to voice uncomfortable truths to the powerful, because they recognized it as an ethical duty both to themselves and to others. In modernity, however, the experience of truth has become dislocated from this active, personal relationship with truth.
It has become something secure, timeless, and passive — something indistinct from knowledge. By contrast, in Antiquity truth was distinct from knowledge, because an essential part of the experience of truth was the active transformation of the self. Graham Burchell Basingstoke and New York, , p. The Cynics were committed, not just to truth- telling, but to living a truthful life. Through a series of public demonstrations, from verbal excoriation to extreme asceticism to public masturbation, Diogenes put his life on display and at risk; he sought to hide nothing of his life from view.
Foucault speculates that this Cynical experience of truth may not have been destroyed by Christianity. Instead, it travelled across Western culture in the idea that an ethical form of life can be a vehicle for disclosing truth. It did this in religious movements, as well as in the model of life as a violent, scandalous manifestation of truth that was adopted by revolutionary movements over the nineteenth century.
Additionally, however, a third medium of Cynicism in European culture can be found in art. In every form of art there is a sort of permanent Cynicism towards all established art … reduction, laying bare the basics of existence; permanent refusal and rejection of every form of established art. And if this is not just in art, in the modern world, in our world, it is especially in art that the most intense forms of a truth-telling with the courage to take the risk of offending are concentrated.
If Poe, Baudelaire and Manet can indeed be understood as contributing to a distinctively modern spiritual experience of truth, then the black cat can be seen to emerge as an important figurative device through which they evoked this truth. In different ways Poe, Baudelaire and Manet each used the cat in order to confront the modern subject with a bestial form of subjectivity, one that eluded the sanctified limits of the human subject. The cat, for each of these artists, was useful as a way of representing a truth based in the experience of absence and darkness; a truth that lurked in deep shadows, dangerous affections, and muddy streets.
Through the figure of the black cat, each of these artists could evoke an experience of truth that tested the limits of the human subject, evoking animalistic and supernatural forces that threatened to confront the subject with something wholly other to itself. I have suggested that art plays an important role in speaking the truth, via the outside of life, in the modern metropolis.
Effectively speaking the truth, however, requires finding ways of making artistic speech acts authoritative, of lending them weight and power in the urban flow of words and ideas. Late nineteenth-century France saw a proliferation of discourses concerning the crisis of authority that accompanied the waning of tradition, religion and aristocratic rule. For Montmartre bohemians, this crisis opened up a powerful new challenge: might it be possible for the arts to capitalize on this crisis of authority to harness new, distinctively modern, creative forms of social and political authority?
Politically, France had emerged as a representative democracy with universal male suffrage the first nation in Europe to achieve this , with parliamentary chambers filled with doctors and lawyers. However, as we will see, there was an emerging third source of authority under construction: an experiential authority that can be distinguished from both the conservative emphasis on morals and the republican emphasis on scientific observation. Order and Progress In the s, fresh from military defeat, invasion, and civil unrest, political theorists argued that the most important task France faced was to reverse national decline and kick-start the march of progress.
But this required, first and foremost, imposing order. Perhaps the most important crisis was a one of authority. The new Republic had few resources with which to ground its authority and its claim to obedience. The Commune had challenged the legitimacy of its rule, and the state, unable to exert the authority to command free obedience, found itself compelled to force the issue through the use of violence.
In opposition to a highly centralized republican state dominated by the votes of the countryside, the fundamental goal of the Commune had been municipal autonomy, aiming at a radical transformation of the political institutions that represented local society. The key challenge for the new Republic was to create new grounds upon which to draw a durable, non-traditional, modern form of authority.
This crisis of authority also manifested itself as a temporal crisis. The positivist spirit of the s and s, supremely self-confident of a scientific march towards future peace, prosperity and Emile Littre, Application de la Philosophie Positive au Gouvernement des Societes et en Particulier a la Crise Actuelle Paris, , p. On the one hand, all links to the past seemed to have been destroyed: both town and countryside had been transformed by urbanization and industrialization, and a new spirit of secularism and republicanism seemed to be replacing the old pillars of altar and crown.
Everything seemed to be in continual flux. On the other hand, the path towards the future also seemed to have been broken. The nation, defeated and demoralized, seemed to be regressing into the past rather than marching confidently into the future. The future threatened further degeneration rather than inevitable evolution. The present, its links to both the past and the future irreparably damaged, seemed in danger of withering away.
Finally, the nation faced a serious urban crisis. As Manuel Castells highlights, the most important demand of the Commune — the first to be implemented — was the cancellation of rents and the attempt to curb the forms of speculation that were leading to ever higher rents. Urbanization had brought hundreds of thousands of provincial immigrants to the city, many of them finding work building the new dwellings that they could never hope to live in.
The grandiose rebuilding of Paris had caused popular neighbourhoods of Paris to gentrify or disappear, meaning that those displaced from the centre joined those coming from the countryside to overcrowd the remaining popular areas: Montmartre in the north, Belleville in the east, and the Butte-aux-Cailles in the south east. Living conditions were squalid, rents were very high, and tenants were immediately evicted upon late payment of rents.
The revolt — which came from precisely those areas where the housing problem was most acute — seemed, to both the monarchist right and the republican left, confirmation of the hypothesis that the urban environment was proving deleterious to public health and public morality, and in doing so, playing a key role in the collapse of authority and temporality.
One thing, then, was generally agreed upon. There was a pressing need for a regeneration of the social body. It is possible to group the responses to these crises into three categories. The first was a conservative and nostalgic appeal to transcendent authority: to the pre-revolutionary values of God, tradition, and community. The second and third models, by contrast, both involved appeals to an immanent form of authority.
Enlightenment, Kant had argued, involves freeing oneself from the dictates of external transcendent authority. One attempt to do so, in the spirit of this Kantian model of Enlightenment, was the positivist attempt to ground societal progress on the authority of experimentation, and hence, the expertise of scientific representation.
Another model, however — one that will be explored in detail throughout this book — was the effort to harness the authority of corporeal experience to support radical truth claims against dominant powers of the Third Republic. Conservatives refused to recognize the legitimacy or effectiveness of any form of authority not based on tradition and community.
The decline in authority, they insisted, was directly responsible for revolutionary violence, crime, deviance, and degeneration. In opposition to the individualism of the republican left, conservatives viewed social life in terms of family and community. Osgood, French Royalism since , 2nd ed. The Hague, , R. From to De Gaulle. James Michael Laux Philadelphia, , pp. Such publications invariably argued that the state should be modelled on the family, regarding the absolute authority of the father over his family as the appropriate model for state power.
What are the fundamental principles of the family, the laws that are essential to its existence? They are: 1. The uncontested authority of the father exercised in the common interest; 2. Mutual respect between families for justly acquired rights to property, the traditional result of work and saving. He is the creator of all things in the moral order and the material order.
He is not only the source, but also, by virtue of his limitless power, the absolute Master of all that he produced, of everything that exists, of any authority, any justice, any law, any force. All that comes from him, can only belong only to him, otherwise it would restrict his power. Authority, like everything, emanates from him, belongs to him, in an exclusive way; it can exist from the power that he has in him. Through tradition, every moment adds to the whole weight of the past.
Thus authority figures have to possess the quality of gravitas, the ability to bear this weight. The growth of society, under this model of authority, is directed to the past rather than the future. It was such a form of authority, one bound to tradition and religion, that conservatives were still trying to preserve in the s and s.
The authority of the father, priest and notable can be argued to have been based, first, on an augmentation of communal experience through tradition and inheritance — an accumulation of wisdom, knowledge and experience through time. Second, their authority was based on demonstrating personal gravitas, making visible the great weight of tradition bearing down on them, and their ability to bear this weight and to use it for the guidance of others.
Finally, their authority was based on displaying their proximity to an outside, transcendent power. Thus they wielded authority by demonstrating their close connection to transcendent power. The basilica was built on the site at which General Thomas and General Lecomte had been shot during the attempted de-arming of the National Guard that triggered the Commune. In some ways, it achieved this, as the anarchist movement of the s reappropriated the discourse of martyrdom in marking the execution of celebrated rebels such as Ravachol see Chapter 8.
The power of such nostalgic longings for traditional forms of authority, however, appeared to be waning quickly. Positive science, he wrote, knows of nothing beyond matter and the forces immanent in matter. Rejection of the authority of God and tradition, however, did not mean rejecting authority itself.
It was this quaintly aristocratic stubbornness that saved the Republic. However, it also borrowed from republicanism a belief in the essential values of reason and intellectual freedom. Indeed, one of the key aims of the experimental method was to replace personal authority with objective, scientific authority. The physiologist Claude Bernard, for example, argued that the experimental method was essential to realize the liberal values of freedom of mind and thought. It not only had to reject the authority of philosophy and theology, but also personal scientific authority.
Observation — that is, direct experience — was the only legitimate authority in the experimental method. Indeed, the experimental method subscribed to epistemological ethics of objectivity: in other words, an attempt to remove human subjectivity altogether from the process of knowledge production.
Christian theology had enthusiastically embraced the spontaneous generation theory of life. Disease, he showed, is often caused by bacteria — and in doing so, he transformed understandings of the social and triggered a revolution in the public hygiene movement. It derived, that is, from their capacity to augment experience by amplifying otherwise imperceptible biological and social forces. Rather than anchor the present on past traditions, it was becoming possible to ground it on an experimental method that promised to create new and more stable links to a perfectible future.
This was a form of experiential authority that looked to the dynamics of embodied experience to lend authority to new kinds of truth claim. Aura and Authority Alongside these competing forms of traditional and experimental authority, it is possible to identify a third form of authority that I will refer to as experiential authority.
It was these points of instability, as we will see, that Montmartre artists attempted to exploit. As has been exhaustively analyzed elsewhere, Benjamin documents a fragmentation of experience in modernity, from long, integrated experience Erfahrung into streams of endlessly repeating, momentary, isolated experiences Erlebnisse.
This has a very different spatio-temporal structure to that of genuinely auratic objects. Benjamin explicitly sets out his account of aura via a narrative of a loss of authority. The authenticity of a thing is the quintessence of all that is transmissible in it from its origin on, ranging from its physical duration to the historical testimony relating to it.
Since the historical testimony is founded on the physical duration, the former, too, is jeopardized by reproduction, in which the physical duration plays no part. And what is really jeopardized when the historical testimony is affected is the authority of the object.
Emphasis added. Value wraps commodities in veils, shielding their nature and effects from straightforward experience. Whereas aura is based on an experience on distance, no matter how near the object may seem, the seemingly magical power of the commodity is based on an experience of presence — the appearance of a seductive newness, no matter whether it is any different to what preceded it.
Like auratic objects, commodities perform a simultaneous distancing and presencing. Eiland Cambridge, MA, , p. This gives the commodity a pseudo-auratic power: a new authority with a very different spatio-temporal structure. Whereas the authority of auratic objects connects subjects to a collective history, however, the authority of the commodity imprisons dwellers within a static temporality: an endless succession of intense but fleeting presents.
With the disintegration of the traditional organization of experience, of the social cadres of memory, it acquires a shock-like instantaneity. Behaviour becomes indexed, through capital, to attempts to accumulate more intense, fleeting experiences. In fact, further support for this approach can be drawn from one of the most celebrated French intellectuals of the s: the sociologist Jean-Marie Guyau.
Guyau elaborated a theory of experience which located the source of all legitimate authority in the dynamics of embodied experience. Rather than connecting this as Benjamin would later do to the dynamics of capital in modernity, however, Guyau tied it to a biopolitical logic that valued lived experience as the strongest expression of biological vitality, and hence, the best authority to guide individual behaviour and societal progress.
His ideas would go on to enjoy a formative influence on thinkers as diverse as Durkheim, Nietzsche and Kropotkin. One important aspect of the authority of experience brought up by Guyau is that the roots of this authority are not just economic and technological, but also biopolitical. Experiential authority, Guyau tells us, is a form of vital authority, an authority that draws its source from the intensities and energies of biological life.
However, rather than looking for a social morality that referred to external powers, Guyau imagined a new form of social authority that would be based wholly on experiential life. Kapteyn London, , p. This ontology of the subject enabled Guyau to argue that every voluntary act is the product of a kind of internal, unconscious struggle for life. There is no completely voluntary act — or what comes to the same thing, no completely conscious act — which is not accompanied by the sense of victory of certain internal tendencies over others, and, consequently, of a possible struggle between these tendencies, and therefore of a possible struggle against them.
Indeed, it is an expression of the strongest, most vigorous, power. The will is simply the greatest intensity of organic power. Greenstreet , p. Rather, the feeling of obligation is a positive experience of a compulsion to act. This enabled Guyau to make direct lived experience the principal source of his vision of a radical new form of social authority. Authority, for Guyau, was to derive from an amplification or intensification of inner experience rather than from an augmentation of experience through tradition, as with transcendent models of authority.
For this reason, he placed high value on categories such as risk and peril, where life is raised to its greatest intensity. Those who confront risk and peril acquire authority because they have moved outside their safe milieu and hence force themselves to adapt and grow stronger.
Guyau insisted that far from leaving society groundless, the decline of religious authority makes room for life immanently to create its own ground. Since the essence of life is to reproduce itself, he believed, this means that the intensification and amplification of life is inevitably accompanied by a vast expenditure of charity and social sympathy. Eventually, individual experience will achieve perfect harmony with social solidarity, meaning that obedience to the authority of lived experience will result in the most generous, life- affirming and sympathetic forms of human sociability.
Guyau captured here something of the architecture of an emerging form of authority where obedience would not be tied to stable and permanent foundations and traditions, but to the inherently unstable and dynamic nature of socio-biological life. Second, legitimate authority derived from life as a force that was essentially self-grounding, a force Guyau, A Sketch of Morality Independent of Obligation or Sanction, p. Because vigorous forms of life have an inexhaustible power to grow and adapt, they always remain distant from themselves, mysterious, intoxicating, and authoritative.
Experiential authority was a variety of biopolitical authority: a form of authority that stems from having experienced, touched upon the limits of, life. Biopolitical authority is not, then, exactly the rule of scientific truth — or of a despotic, totalising life force, collectivisation or sovereign. It is, rather, the power and attraction that congeals around a diversity of performances and manifestations of experiencing life. To be biopolitically authoritative is to mediate experience of life, to be a conduit to the force by which life objectivity pushes back.
To know life, to make life manifest, to make a Peter Kropotkin, Ethics: Origin and Development, trans. Louis S. Friedland and Joseph R. Piroshnikoff New York, Experiential authority permitted new forms of resistance as well as supporting the continuing bourgeois conquest of the city. Hurley London, , p. Opium will expand beyond all measures, Stretch out the limitless, Will deepen time, make rapture bottomless, With dismal pleasures Surfeit the soul to the point of helplessness.
But that is nothing to the poison flow Out of your eyes, those round Green lakes in which my soul turns upside-down … To these my dreams all go At these most bitter gulfs to drink or drown But all that is not worth the prodigy Of your saliva, girl, That bites my soul, and dizzies it, and swirls It down remorselessly, Rolling it, fainting, to the underworld!
According to Foucault, modern biopolitical authority is closely tied to knowing and liberating desire. In this respect, Baudelaire is characteristically modern. James McGowan Oxford, London, Indeed, for Baudelaire modern woman becomes desirable only when experienced as an object, something lifeless. His approach to modern living focuses upon desire as the element of the self that has been most completely commodified and objectified, lost even to itself.
Indeed, his attitude towards desire is frequently one of rage and violence. Sometimes within a park, at rest, Where I have dragged my apathy, I have felt like an irony The sunshine lacerate my breast. And sweetness that would dizzy me! In these two lips so red and new My sister, I have made for you, To slip my venom, lovingly!
Baudelaire, The Flowers of Evil, p. It expresses a revolt against the natural world, as idealized in the stereotypical figure of the eroticized female body. It captures a form of desire that can only realize itself in the destruction of the living like the desire aroused by the commodity form.
Becoming capable of capturing the experience of modernity requires exposing himself to its most violent extremities. Allegory is a form of expression that sucks the life out of its object and reveals it in a spatial image of decay and loss. It drains the life from its object, and in this way mimics the power of the commodity. Life, desire and subjectivity itself are reduced to skeletal form: Her eyes, made of the void, are deep and black; Her skull, coiffured in flowers down her neck, Sways slackly on the column of her back, O charm of nothingness so madly decked!
You will be called by some, 'caricature', Who do not know, lovers obsessed with flesh, The grandeur of the human armature. You please me, skeleton, above the rest! Do you display your grimace to upset Our festival of life?
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