I finally hold a copy of Five Faces of Modernity in my hand, after discovering the book in January 2006.
This the 1977 version, which does not include the postmodernism chapter.
I used it to update my avant-garde page.
Both are mentioned in Deleuze’s The Logic of Sense, which I’ve yet to read.
When I started looking for an illustration, I found that it’s not easy to find a good illustration for nonsense.
I’ve already found a pretty good one for my post on this subject over at the macroblog.
And then I remembered, nonsense is the antonym of sense and then, on the sense page over at Wikipedia, I saw this nice detail of an allegory of sense painting: The Senses of Hearing, Touch and Taste(above), a painting by Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568–1625).
So I decided to quit searching for a nonsense picture and give you a picture of sense and give you the Brueghel.
Does that make sense?
Hey, maybe it doesn’t, but then again, you do get a little bit of gratuitous nudity in this painting, with the nipples peeping over the top of the dress.
“One Culture and the New Sensibility" is an essay by Susan Sontag first published in Mademoiselle in 1965. It was later collected in an expanded version in Against Interpretation (above) of 1966. The essay is often referenced for noting that the boundaries between low culture and high culture were disappearing, an evolution now known as nobrow.
It depicts four can-can dancers, none of whom seem very happy, on the contrary, only the second woman from the left remotely smiles. The woman on the far left looks distressed, the one to her right looks very angry at the woman to her right and the woman she glances at, on the far right, looks downright furious, squinting her eyes. One of the women is Jane Avril.
Again, just some of my old favorites.
At 9:12 in this version of À propos de Nice by Jean Vigo we see a sideways shot of a woman, first dressed in a fur coat, then a dissolve and the woman wears a dress, then she wears what appears to be a black dress, then a white dress, then again a dark dress, and then completely nude apart from her black shoes. The next film cut is to a nude art deco statue.
Above is a GIF animation of the ‘nude’ dissolve.