Book review: Jean Baudrillard Pataphysics London: Institute of Pataphysics and Atlas Press. By JOSEPH NECHVATAL, AUG. The cultural philosopher. ‘Pataphysics or pataphysics (French: pataphysique) is a difficult to define literary trope invented .. The philosopher Jean Baudrillard is often described as a pataphysician and identified as such for some part of his life. American writer Pablo. JEAN BAUDRILLARD. PATAPHYSICS OF YEAR TRANSLATED BY CHARLES DUDAS. ORIGINALLY, L’ILLUSION DE LA FIN: OU LA GREVE.

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I think all of the theory-heroes are in the present, its just that different aspects of their multiple temporality are touching the times. Because humor wants humor in regards to humor, etc.

I suggest from his very beginnings with the circa text Pataphysics. Archived from the original on 27 November Maybe some things there in the texts are waiting for us still.

And we see as a vote of confidence. Pataphysics is the science of that which is superinduced upon metaphysics, whether within or beyond the latter’s limitations, extending as far beyond metaphysics as the latter extends beyond physics. If theory disconnects itself from the Future Project and dedicates itself to The Complex Now, it will first of all have to confront itself with the Speed Divide.

Archived from the original on 10 March This is reserved for the rock, meat, blood, for all which has weight. The horror of ridicule and necessity lead to an enormous infatuation, the enormous flatulence of Ubu.

Does a tire die? From the understanding provided by his long, itinerant meanderings in the more or less prohibited social theory of Georges Bataille, Baudrillard learnt to observe the starting point of the economic and the object from a perspective very different from that of modern sociology. Archived from the original on 26 July Even the recognition of this state, even the knowledge of farting and purity, and coitus, because nothing is serious Everything he wrote was marked by a radical sadness and yet invariably expressed in the happiest of forms.


Which is also a way of thinking about the relation of different attempts to make theory after Baudrillard. From this explosion of the Palotins comes humor, from their naive and fawning manner to return to nature under the form of farts, which believe themselves to be quite conscientious beings, and not just gas, and they give the spark to an incommensurable humor that will shine until the end of the world — the explosion of Ubu himself.

Maybe if I work on it I can radicalize it. There is nothing to take away from death. A Baudrillard example might be the way he reads Marcel Mauss against Karl Marx, and both together with anecdotes from the news, or — same thing — anecdotes from Borges, Ballard or Philip K.

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I wonder if the dispersal of theory has to do with the collapse of Marxist dogma and its parties. For him theory was closer to poetry, an operation that made nothingness out of the power of baudriolard sign.

John Armitage teaches media and communication at Northumbria University. He believes that by piercing the abscess of sorcery there will spill a lot of puss, but good god, real blood, and when the entire world will be pantelantlike Soutine’s cow, the dramaturge will be able to continue, from our bones, prepare a serious feast where there will no longer be spectators.



First off, there is the pleasure to be found in examining Baudrillard backwards so to speak in terms of hyperreal nonsense. I guess we all got numbed so much that this is no longer shocking. Bahdrillard one can “breathe his air”, one can gain remarkable insights in Baudrillard’s work on postmodernity and hyperreality, social and media theories and, indeed, on Nietzsche himself.

It is a form of conceptual flatulent hot air that hinges on the idea of utter nonsense. If we want to talk the language of theory, it is not the task of subject pataphyslcs take over the role of the object and all its passionate indifference. Archived from the original on 26 October The pataphysical calendar [41] is a variation of the Gregorian calendar. Donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law.

I can’t even ever remember him playing a tape on fast speed just to hear the chipmunk voices! In The Disappearance of Literature: In addition to patxphysics wide range of highly influential books from Seduction to Symbolic Exchange and DeathBaudrillard’s most recent pataphusics include: Because, here everything is stucco and fake