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By Paul Virilio

Paul Virilio is one among modern Continental thought's most unusual and provocative serious voices. His imaginative and prescient of the influence of recent know-how at the modern worldwide situation is robust and stressful, ranging over artwork, technology, politics and war. In artwork and worry, Paul Virilio lines the dual improvement of paintings and technology over the 20 th century. In his provocative and difficult 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 way in which early 20th century avant-garde artists twisted and tortured the human shape earlier than making it vanish in abstraction, and the blasting to bits of fellows who have been not more than cannon fodder i nthe trenches of the nice struggle; and among the German Expressionists' hate-filled pics of the damned, and the 'medical' experiments of the Nazi eugenicists; and among the mangled messages of world ads, and the company of world terrorism. Now, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, technology has ultimately left paintings at the back of, as genetic engineers organize to show themselves into the worst of expressionists, with the individual the uncooked fabric for brand new and enormous sorts of lifestyles. artwork and worry is vital interpreting for someone considering the place paintings has long past and the place technological know-how is taking us.

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In the course of the 1 9 60s and 1 9 7 0 s , the p ai n ters of the Wiener Aktionismus , or Viennese Actionism, would follow this dictum to the ' letter , using their own bodies as the 'support surface' of their arL H ermann Nitsch ' s O rgies Mysteries Theatre 'masses' , in which he sacrificed animals in a bloody and bawdy ritual , were followed by what no doubt takes the cake as the most extreme case of AUTO­ DA-F E by any artist. The story goes that Rudolf Schwarzkogler actually died after a bout of castra tion he inflicted on himself during one of his performance p ieces that took p lace without a single viewer in the huis clos between the artist and a video camera .

Let's turn now to contemporary theatre and dance, in particular the work of choreographer, Meg S tuart. Since the early 1 990s, S tuart has been taking her stage p erformance to the limit .

Faced with such ' expressionist events' , he 23 Art and Fear answers, 'surely we can see what comes next, looming over us as it is: an rifcially terrorist art preaching suicide and self-mu tilation thereby extending the current infatuation with scarring and piercing' . Contemporary art is then the expression of all those artis ts who take for granted that today 's transforma­ tion of the field of aesthetics into a kind of terroristic perfo rmance also implies the elimination of silence. As a constant critic of the art of technology and the curre n t attack on representation, Virilio is intensely uneasy about the development of pitiless art.

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