By Jean-Luc Nancy, Philip Armstrong

"Originally written for an exhibition Jean-Luc Nancy curated on the Museum of excellent Arts in Lyon in 2007, this publication addresses the medium of drawing in mild of the query of form--of shape in its formation, as a formative strength, as a start to shape. during this feel, drawing opens much less towards its fulfillment, purpose, and accomplishment than towards a finality forever and the countless renewal of ends, towards lines

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The pleasure in drawing

"Originally written for an exhibition Jean-Luc Nancy curated on the Museum of good Arts in Lyon in 2007, this booklet addresses the medium of drawing in gentle of the query of form--of shape in its formation, as a formative strength, as a beginning to shape. during this feel, drawing opens much less towards its fulfillment, purpose, and accomplishment than towards a finality perpetually and the limitless renewal of ends, towards traces of feel marked by way of tracings, suspensions, and everlasting interruptions.

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This sensuality gives itself pleasure desiring, as Lacan says in commenting on Freud: ‘‘The paradox of . . fore-pleasures [plaisirs pre´liminaires] is precisely that they persists in opposition to the purposes of the pleasure principle. ’’26 To be sure, in order to be as thorough as possible, we would have to analyze more closely how the normativity of a ‘‘discharge’’ is also tied for Freud to procreation, even if in a less direct and evident manner. , not subjected to the œstrus, as Freud emphasizes) demands particular attention.

This designation responds to what our culture calls mimesis. Mimesis is neither a copy nor an imitation that reproduces. , the idea or truth of the thing) again—in other words, like new—which is also to say, indissociably, it re-produces the emotion by which this truth not only distinguishes itself but also marks, imprints, and makes itself. To be sure, mimesis is no less dependent on a system of simple reproduction. Once the gods possess entirely human bodies and once the actions of heroes become the actions of men, it becomes a question of ‘‘imitating,’’ just as musical rhythms and tones are grounded in human passions.

It is by affecting oneself, desiring or withdrawing from oneself [se repoussant], or pleasing oneself in this desire or displeasing oneself in this refusal, that the ‘‘self ’’ is formed or the ‘‘self ’’ is made [qu’il ‘‘se’’ forme ou qu’il ‘‘se’’ fait], in other words, that a ‘‘self,’’ a ‘‘to self,’’ manifests or overcomes itself [survient ou se survient]. Manifesting itself, in this way the subject comes to distance itself from its self and can experience pleasure or pain, in other words, the expansion or retraction of its being.

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