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By Sigrid Weigel

The decade has obvious a brand new wave of curiosity in philosophical and theoretical circles within the writings of Walter Benjamin. In Body-and Image-Space Sigrid Weigel, one in all Germany's prime feminist theorists and a well known commentator at the paintings of Walter Benjamin, argues that the reception of his paintings has up to now ignored a vital point of his concept - his use of pictures. Weigel exhibits that it's accurately his perform of pondering in pictures that holds the main to knowing the complete complexity, richness and topicality of Benjamin's theory.

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Foucault here differentiates between a ‘language that says POLITICS OF IMAGES AND BODY 35 nothing, is never silent, and is called “literature”’ (1970:306) and discourse —discourse, that is, in the sense of a unity of general grammar in accordance with the model of simple representation such as pertained in the Classical age. He understands literary language as a kind of counterdiscourse (p. 44), and thus literature as the reappearance of language ‘in a multiplicity of modes of being, whose unity was probably irrecoverable’, of language ‘in an enigmatic multiplicity’ (1970:304, 305).

2, 616; Ill 165). 2, 500; Ill 238–9). The difference is that in the ‘Surrealism’ essay the process does not take place on the screen, is not represented in terms of body-space in the film POLITICS OF IMAGES AND BODY 25 image, but happens rather to the collective and in the space of political action—and, not least, in the space of an as yet pre-fascist constellation. To this extent the passage through body-and image-space could also be read as an experiment in giving a revolutionary inflection to terror in modernity, in the course of which the state of the distracted or absentminded body has become the concept of Aktualität as presence of mind incarnate (leibhaftige Geistesgegenwart).

Both writers refer to the divine origin of language, and both see in the proliferation of languages, the confusion of tongues at Babel, a caesura. But where Benjamin posits the ‘Fall of language-mind’ (der Sündenfall des Sprachgeistes), Foucault speaks of the first raison d’être of language: In its original form, when it was given to men by God himself, language was an absolutely certain and transparent sign for things because it resembled them…. All the languages known to us are now spoken only against the background of this lost similitude, and in the space that it left vacant.

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