By Arthur Kroker, Marilouise Kroker
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What the fashion apparatus offers, then, is not fashion, per se, but the opportunity for the individual to create a fashion, to liberate oneself from the fetters of a mundane daily existence that denies pleasure, joy, a sense of self and an experience of being. And yet, in order to produce the space of desire for that "liberation" the fashion apparatus must ensure that sufficient alienation, self-loathing, boredom and sterility exist. In the necessary production of its own contradictions, the fashion apparatus holds the subject within a spectrum of choices which close at the extreme ends of total freedom on the one hand, and absolute control on the other.
We know that entire collectivities have gone so far as to die so as to hasten the advent of the Kingdom. Since this last was promised them at the end of time, it was only a matter of ending time immediately. All history has been accompanied by a millennia! defiance of the temporality of history. The will to see things accomplished immediately, and not in terms of a long detour, is not at all a regressive phantasm of childhood. It is a defiance of time which is born with time itself. With linear time, that is, simply with the birth of time, two contradictory forms are 42 BODY INVADERS born: the one which consists of following the meanderings of time and of constructing a history, the other which consists of accelerating the course of time, or of brutally condensing it so as to arrive at its end.
It is a defiance of time which is born with time itself. With linear time, that is, simply with the birth of time, two contradictory forms are 42 BODY INVADERS born: the one which consists of following the meanderings of time and of constructing a history, the other which consists of accelerating the course of time, or of brutally condensing it so as to arrive at its end. To the historical perspective, which continually displaces its stakes onto a hypothetical end, has always been opposed a fatal exigency, a fatal strategy of time which wants to continue non-stop to annihilate time and short-circuit the Last Judgment.
Body Invaders: Sexuality and the Postmodern Condition by Arthur Kroker, Marilouise Kroker