By Paul Virilio

Paul Virilio is certainly one of modern Continental thought's most unique and provocative serious voices. His imaginative and prescient of the impression of recent expertise at the modern worldwide is robust and demanding, ranging over paintings, technological know-how, politics and war. In paintings and worry, Paul Virilio lines the dual improvement of artwork and technological know-how over the 20th century. In his provocative and tough imaginative and prescient, paintings and technology vie with one another for the destruction of the human shape as we all know it. He lines the connections among the best way early 20th century avant-garde artists twisted and tortured the human shape ahead of making it vanish in abstraction, and the blasting to bits of guys who have been not more than cannon fodder i nthe trenches of the good warfare; and among the German Expressionists' hate-filled pix of the damned, and the 'medical' experiments of the Nazi eugenicists; and among the mangled messages of world ads, and the supplier of worldwide terrorism. Now, first and foremost of the twenty-first century, technological know-how has ultimately left paintings in the back of, as genetic engineers arrange to show themselves into the worst of expressionists, with the man or woman the uncooked fabric for brand spanking new and sizeable different types of lifestyles. paintings and worry is vital examining for an individual thinking about the place paintings has long past and the place technological know-how is taking us.

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And they are probably right. But how far do we go in the opposite direction? As far as SNUFF LITERATURE, in which the conformism of abjection innovates 29 ART AND FEAR an academicism of horror, an official art of macabre entertainment? In the United States, to take one example, the torturing of the human body by sharp instruments seems to have become the preferred image of advertising, according to the Wall Street Journal of 4 May 2000. Hit over the head by such media bludgeoning, the art lover is surely already the victim of what psychiatrists call impaired judgement.

And speaking of disappearance and decline, note the underhand way the naif painters have been bundled away: without wanting to wheel out 24 A PITILESS ART yet again the 'Douanier' Rousseau, whose masterwork, War, inspired Picasso's Guernica, think of painters like Vivin or Bauchant. Why the Freudian lapse? This discreet elimination of painters who never laid claim to any art savant, whether academic or avant-garde? Do we really believe that this trend of art's towards ingenuity suddenly stopped in its tracks, decidedly too pitiful like that ingenu libertin, Raoul Dufy?

That is indeed the question at the dawn of the millennium. If freedom of SCIENTIFIC expression now actually has no more limits than freedom of ARTISTIC expression, where will inhumanity end in future? After all the great periods of art, after the great schools such as the classical and the baroque, after contemporary expressionism, are we not now heading for that great transgenic art in which every pharmacy, every laboratory will launch its own 'lifestyles', its own transhuman fashions? A chimerical explosion worthy of featuring in some future Salon of New Realities - if not in a Museum of Eugenic Art.

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