THE MECHANICAL OCCULT (2006). Preview TRT: 5:00 Art was originally an evoker of the dead, a rescuer of the dead (and the living) through mediumistic contact… a shuttle craft across the last abyss … a rattle shaken over a decomposing body … a vision pursued through an induced psychotropic haze or abject bodily exhaustion, then revivification with true hallucinations.
Does art still have a psychopompic role to play or has the very speed of transmission / storage precluded even that minimal protestant state? We desire art to come out from some essential place and so art has always gravitated, in one way or another, and before the current era of anti-gravity contraptions which promise to levitate us beyond the ?essential? to the MOST essential, toward the negative … that is, death.
The supplement, the prosthesis, now speaks to us of non-orders of being, paratactic arrangements of existence that preclude living/dead — truly a levitation beyond all groundings. This is not a regime of Truth much less ?facticity? … actually … it is a regime perhaps more akin to the simultaneous realm of ?is / is not? that Schrodinger?s quantum cat lives/does not live out unseen in its unopened box …
TRT: 40 mins. DVD available at www.pd.org/cine-essays.