George Bataille’s The Tears of Eros unfolds, innocently enough, as a simple timeline of the history of eroticism in art. According to Bataille. The Tears of Eros is the culmination of Georges Bataille’s inquiries into the relationship between violence and the sacred. Taking up such figures as Giles de . Inspired by Georges Bataille’s essay Tears of Eros, this short hybrid film/video is about erotism and death. Through different analogue manipulations of the.

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The Tears of Eros

bataill Through eeos idea of eroticism we can make more sense of the crowds of onlookers that surround lingchi executions, of the attraction of looking at extreme suffering. It is just such an identification that produces the repulsion from the scene, as if the viewer is implicitly responsible for the suffering in sight.

A User’s Guide New York: Zone Books, 5; Bois in Ibid: Following this thought of ecstasy with a question mark, the author places his own observation into doubt. Jun 03, Becky Finley is currently reading it Recommends it for: City Lights Foundation Books.

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I think this is a statement of the existentialist admonition to live fros the truth, whereby we accept that the world of meaning, identity, and idealism that we create in order to make sense of living… is merely a diversion from the underlying truth of our lives. There are criticisms that could be made of this selection of art. The Tears of Eros by Georges Bataille. In it Bataille examines death—the “little death” that follows sexual climax, the proximate death in sadomasochistic practices, and death as part of religious ritual and sacrifice.

When faced with images of lingchi it is difficult not to share Elkins’ revulsion.


Depth Perception: George Bataille’s “Tears of Eros” observations

Bataille suggested another way of looking at lingchi photographs in The Tears of Eros that is not entirely repulsed by their cruelty.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. But such an appearance proved in the end to thee deceptive. And of course, the essay does contain five exclamation points!

To think the lingchi photographs may be impossible, yet this impossibility cannot be compared to any other. I wonder if the makers of Martyrs had this in mind.


The images have been taken from across teare, from prehistoric cave paintings of half-men, half-beasts, to Hans Bellmer’s biomorphic drawings.

The art is Eurocentric. Quotes from The Tears of Eros.

Despite some fascinating information here e. San Francisco Poet Laureates. No trivia or quizzes yet. He was fascinated with human sacrifice and founded a secret society, the symbol of which was a decapitated man.

This was the first Bataille book I ever read, so so batxille. This is an eating your peas and carrots art theory book with a creepy edge.

I like books with pictures. Lynching Photography in America Santa Fe: While both are a part of Bataille’s history of eroticism, the latter turns to visual artefacts for its argument. Death and Sexuality bataiille Prehistoric Painting: To relieve the gaze from this horrific sight the gaze travels upward, toward the end of a pole that is again propping up the upper part of the body, and to the light at the top of the image.

For Bataille did reos distinguish the real from artifice, the movement of transgression from its representations in art and literature. My first excursion into the world of Bataille.

The Tears of Eros. My response the essay The Tears of Eros took form early in the reading of it. An operation produces or, in a medical sense, restores its subject, while the movement of eroticism describes loss.


When Elkins published this photograph in “The Very Theory of Transgression,” he did not identify this figure in the foreground with the chief executioner. The world of the erotic is the world of flesh, emotions, and sensations… a transient world derived from our animal nature.

I absolutely bought this book because the cover matches my favourite blue nail-polish exactly. Oct 23, Cesar Armenta rated it really liked it. Dec 12, Matthieu rated it really liked it. Bataille, Lingchiand Surrealism,” the effect of Formless has been to inspire artists to practice along the lines it set out, so that it has become a user’s guide not for deconstruction but for its own positive appropriation.

The Tears of Eros by Georges Bataille

I can see the existentialist in him demanding that humanity live truthfully in the awareness of their own meaningless bodies. A recent article persuaded me that Borel did not in fact give Bataille these photographs, and that he only stumbled upon them much later.

Truth exists, but only as founded on nothingness, which for me means that no thought or construct of meaning can contain truth. Translated by Peter Connor.

Elkins observes that the images in this book bear little relation to the exhibition, made up of torn and stained artifacts such as postcards and mantel-size prints tearx Still, as a impetus to explore and discover more by Batille, this text is an unquestionable success, as i’m compelled now to uncover more.

Bataille died in I read it and laugh. Trivia About The Tears of Eros. I am not really all that interested in bayaille of Bataille’s philosophy, and this book is not particularly different.