25. Multitudes 25 : Summer 2006

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Majeure : Masoch avec Deleuze

Gilles Deleuze. De Sacher-Masoch au masochisme.
Masochism is inseparable from the contract; but even while projecting it on the dominatrix, it pushes the contract to the extreme, takes its mechanisms apart, maybe even renders it ridiculous.

Christian Kerslake. Insectes et inceste. Bergson et Jung chez Deleuze.
Jung’s advance, for Deleuze, must lie in this identification of a « problematic » zone of human intelligence, through which the instinctual form of consciousness can return. A gap is opened up for the return of an « instinct devenu désintéressé, conscient de lui-même, capable de réfléchir sur son objet et de l’élargir indéfiniment » (Bergson).

Régis Michel. L’Anti-Masoch. Essai sur les errements de la maso(miso)analyse.
Masochism brings Freud up against the accursed share of analysis, which was always the female. Masoch undermines the epistemological apparatus of the Freudian unconscious, which could reinvent sex, but not the world : it gives way to the old demons of metaphysics, where the death drive triumphs. The return of the repressed.

Éric Alliez. Deleuze avec Masoch.
Masoch emerging from the Text for a Life-Experiment: what Deleuze delivers to us is a political program, because « there is no other danger but the father’s return. »

François Zourabichvili. Kant avec Masoch.
The Presentation of Sacher-Masoch is Deleuze’s boldest establishment of the three-way relation Art-Desire-Law, rich with consequences in the attempt to find new foundations for critique. Rather than trying to rethink Kant with Sade, Deleuze chose to rethink Kant with Masoch, treating the latter as a therapist as well as an artist.


Frédéric Neyrat. Formuler notre surexposition. Entretien.
By helping us recognize our historical moment as one of « over-exposure » – understood both in the sense of the vain images that blind us with their excess brilliance, and in the sense of bodies exposed without protection to the risk of hostile radiation – Frédéric Neyrat invites us to « bear the world’s emptiness » and to look to « letting-be » for a rampart against overflowing production. It’s time to invent an « ontopolitics of atopic subjects ».

Mineure : Hoaxs activistes

Erwan Lecoeur, Alexandre Pessar. Les Yes Men : de l’usage de la « rectification d’identité » pour Bhopal.
The actions of the Yes Men combine happenings with take-over strategies. Starting with websites, they continue the hoax till it runs into reality : in TV studios or with lectures they make sure to catch on film. This time, Dow Chemical takes a hit.

Andrea Natella. Aux origines de l’usage subversif du canular en Italie.
The true is a moment of the false. Overview of the hoax in Italy, from Censor (1975) to Luther Blissett.

Luther Blissett. Le Gai Mensonge de Luther Blissett.
Don’t hate the media, lie to the media. Defence and illustration of lying by the Italian Luther Blisset collective.

André Gattolin. Serpica Naro : le hoax des précaires contre le système de la mode.
The young designer Serpica Naro is the center of attention during Fashion Week. But she doesn’t exist. A collective of flexworkers created her from scratch, to have a laugh at the city of Milan whose blood is sucked dry by the fashion vamp. And to show its dark side too: extreme precarity, with three-quarters of those under 35 working on short-term contracts.

Francis Mizio. La Brigade de propagation textuelle.
Words against corporate communication. Account of the attempted sabotage of Jaimemaboîte.com (=Ilovemycompany.com), initiator of Business Day.

Hors champs

Stéphane Lléres. Autrui et l’image de la pensée chez Gilles Deleuze.
While the philosophial tradition considers any attempt to think beyond morality and outside the model of knowledge as inherently destined to the contradictions of solipsism, Deleuze’s work holds the idea that the opening to the other, far from placing us on a moral and speculative footing, is on the contrary completely immoral, allowing thought to be pulled free of its traditional image without falling into the above-mentioned traps.


Thomas Berns. Retenue capitaliste et spéculations anti-capitalistes.
In the wake of Capitalist Witchcraft by Stengers and Pignarre, this article tries to delineate the way that capitalism always slips out of your grasp, in particular by relegating any rival discourse to the status of mere speculation, so as to become the only remaining answer.

Icônes : Antoni Muntadas

Raymond Bellour. Le Regard, l’écoute.
Antoni Muntadas aims to intensify art, and intensify perception. This leads to a life and work « on translation », which circulate between languages, institutions, countries and cities, in a generalized whirlwind through the world.

Marc Augé. L’Art du décalage.
How might distance be reintroduced into contemporary art ? How might we extract ourselves, even for a moment, from the representation, consumption and technology that surround us ?