terça-feira, 12 de outubro de 2010

But all allong the doctors remember

«The head, even the human head, is not necessarily a face. The face is produced only when the head ceases to be a part of the body, when it ceases to be coded by the body, when it ceases to have a multidimensional, polyvocal corporeal code—when the body, head included, has been decoded and has to be overcoded’by something we shall call the Face. This amounts to saying that the head, all the volume-cavity elements of the head, have to be facialized. What accomplishes this is the screen with holes, the white wall/black hole, the abstract machine producing faciality. But the operation does not end there: if the head and its elements are facialized, the entire body also can be facialized, comes to be facialized as part of an inevitable process. When the mouth and nose, but first the eyes, become a holey surface, all the other volumes and cavities of the body follow. An operation worthy of Doctor Moreau: horrible and magnificent. Hand, breast, stomach, penis and vagina, thigh, leg and foot, all come to be facialized. Fetishism, erotomania, etc., are inseparable from these processes of facializa-tion. It is not at all a question of taking a part of the body and making it resemble a face, or making a dream-face dance in a cloud. No anthropomorphism here. Facialization operates not by resemblance but by an order of reasons. It is a much more unconscious and machinic operation that draws the entire body across the holey surface, and in which the role of the face is not as a model or image, but as an overcoding of all of the decoded parts. Everything remains sexual; there is no sublimation, but there are new coordinates.»
Deleuze & Guattari in A THOUSAND PLATEAUS: CAPITALISM AND SCHIZOPHRENIA, University of Minnesota Press Minneapolis, 1987
© Duchenne de Boulogne, Dr., in Mécanisme de la Physionomie humaine ou Analyse Électro-Physiologique de l’Expression des Passions, c.1852
© Duchenne de Boulogne, Dr., in Mécanisme de la Physionomie humaine ou Analyse Électro-Physiologique de l’Expression des Passions, c.1852
Laura Nadar

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