Unreal Nature

December 3, 2019

To Obliterate the Always

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… This excessive present, which is different from object presence, comes from the possibility of the gaze and the body redefining space in a moment in time.

This is from Written Into the Void: Selected Writings 1990-2004 by Peter Eisenman (2007):

… The passion Blanchot describes is the pure excess of an instant, a moment in time. This moment, which I will call an excessive present, becomes both the instant and the instance of passion. It is also a passion detached from subject or object. This moment comes between the self and language and introduces passion between them.

… There is a passion that can be detached from both subject and object to become a moment between the two. Indeed, both subject and object are constructed in this moment, in this excess of time. Considered in this way, passion becomes structural as opposed to individual or expressionistic.

… In the affect of architecture, there is always the body because architecture deals with a condition of interiority. This affect will be defined here not as an object that can be contained or understood so much as the affect of a moment of experience, which is not an experience of an active or transitive nature but rather one which is intransitive or passive. It is a moment of experience that does not involve an interactive relationship between the self and language, nor between the self and the unconscious, but between the self and the gaze of this passion, the affect of passion.

… Blanchot says at the end of When the Time Comes, “And yet even though the circle is already drawing me along, and even if I had to write this eternally, I would write it in order to obliterate eternity, because eternity never allows for the single moment, this moment of passion, in order to obliterate the always and capture the moment.”

… there is no rational analog, no prescription for, and no containment of this excess. This excessive present, which is different from object presence, comes from the possibility of the gaze and the body redefining space in a moment in time.

My previous post from Eisenman’s book is here.

-Julie

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