Friday, July 22, 2016

Art Hypnosis: Cultural spectacle has a potential for aesthetic mass-brainwashing


Art Spectacle is Cultural Spectacle  

Whatever emotions their actual existence as political agents of evolution provokes, it is impossible to ignore the force that situates them above men, parties, and even laws: a force that disrupts the regular course of things, the peaceful but fastidious homogeneity powerless to maintain itself ... considered not with regard to its external action but with regard to its source, the force of a leader is analogous to that exerted in hypnosis.
Georges Bataille and Carl R. Lovitt, The Psychological Structure of Fascism. New German Critique, No. 16 (Winter, 1979), p. 71. Republished by Duke University Press.

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