George Bataille’s The Tears of Eros unfolds, innocently enough, as a simple timeline of the history of eroticism in art. According to Bataille. The Tears of Eros is the culmination of Georges Bataille’s inquiries into the relationship between violence and the sacred. Taking up such figures as Giles de . Inspired by Georges Bataille’s essay Tears of Eros, this short hybrid film/video is about erotism and death. Through different analogue manipulations of the.

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Originally given three stars back in ’08 read in September ofbut after a second reading, I’ve decided to add an additional half-star rounding up to four. A sprint run through art history for the search of the kinky. Some of the photographs were reproduced as souvenirs and postcards, their distribution amongst participants, as well as family and friends, evidence of a compulsion to look that outlived the event itself.

Nov 02, Egor Sofronov rated it liked it. References to this book Passions, pedagogies, and twenty-first century technologies Gail E. This is a loss that vastly exceeds the art that documents transgression, in its continuity exceeding the discontinuity by which art differentiates itself as reos. Nov 09, Lisa rated it really liked it.

Quotes from The Tears of Eros. Bataille died in The methods of these scholars have to do with a certain kind of looking, one immersed in the particular reason of this or that specialisation, reasoning away the horror of the images. Also a philosopher, novelist, and critic he was founder of the College of Sociology. The Warhol Museum must have also regarded thinking otherwise to be impossible, but it was not so long ago in history that these images were circulated as a celebration rather than as an exposure of this racism.

The Tears of Eros

Bataille suggested another way of looking at lingchi photographs in The Tears of Eros that is not entirely repulsed by their cruelty. Title The Tears of Eros. Nov 06, K. It turns out that really is a smug intellectual.

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City Lights Open Media. Is the unconscious mind, or is it body? If I were to attempt a defense, I would say that it is NOT that images of violence, horror, and death are themselves erotic… or that actual death is erotic… but rather, that these images, in as much as they deal with the non-idealized body of vulnerable human flesh… the body of mortality… the body of sensuality, which like life is a fleeting experience… then to this extent they symbolize the nature of eroticism, but are not themselves erotic.


Blackwell,he argued against literary interpretations of Sade, instead saying that his work should be treated like excrement, both difficult to look at and better to turn away from. Foreword by Georges Bataille. Worked into this portrait is a quote of hers – I know what nothing means and keep on playing. Elkins places the images outside an economy of art in order that this economy may operate, in a reduction of the other images in The Tears of Eros to representation.

Harcourt Brace, It means so much to me because in recent years my spiritual path or search for authenticity has become centered on nothingness. I can see the existentialist in him demanding that humanity live truthfully in the awareness of their own meaningless bodies. Bataille, Sartre, Valery, Breton California: Death and Sexuality and Prehistoric Painting: If, as I have outlined here, the specificity of Bataille’s understanding of the photographs of lingchi is the impossibility of thinking about them, a thinking of art is also put in doubt by Bataille.

InBataille began Tears of Erosand it was completed inhis final work.

For Bataille, this attraction lies in a transgression of those prohibitions by which we structure our lives. Lascaux or the Birth of Art. Tears of Eros is the culmination of Georges Bataille’s inquiries into the relationship between violence and the sacred.

The Unreasonable Way a response based on form An alternative response to the essay is to focus on the form of the writing, rather than the content. Roland Barthes, Julia Kristeva, and Philippe Sollers have all written enthusiastically about his work. Maurice Blanchot, cited in both works, may have been responsible for this shift in Bataille’s work, enabling him to think the impossible.


Marion Boyars, Living in truth is to live with the realization which seems horrible that our lives have no inherent meaning. This essay, illustrated with artwork from every era, was developed out of ideas explored in Erotism: As when he asserts that apes and all animals by batailld have no concern for their dead, and when he says that apes have no sense of humor.

The Tears of Eros. For Bataille was still struggling with the impossibility of thinking about Sade at this point in his life, of conceiving the “impossible liberty” that Sade took with the imagination original emphasis. The inability to te about the work of art on the terms of its own loss is the condition by which it brings itself into being. In this cave painting a gored buffalo with entrails spilling out is charging or has charged the man responsible for its mortal wound.

He was a librarian by profession. Georges Bataille was born in Billom, France, in These images are all figurative, and depict the human body in transition.

Bataille’s interests ranged far beyond the boundaries of art. Bataille was a philosopher, a surrealist, a novelist, and a teags school dropout.

The least of these transitions is the movement between being clothed and tbe, or in the throes of sexual ecstasy. If this is so, then a strange thing has occurred… that an essay, whose content is eroticism, is written in an erotic form. In Formlessexamples of surrealism, abstract expressionism and conceptualism are reinvigorated so that the effect is to reaffirm the value of established examples of modernist art. Jan 31, Maddy rated it liked it Shelves: I can now imagine a seminary student rejecting the priesthood, who then becomes a philosopher who rejects the Christian attitude toward eroticism.

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