Split-World


[Sassetta -- The Blessed Rasnieri Rasini Freeing Poor People From Prison in Florence]
[via the article below]



From Cabinet, Issue 32, "The Cosmonaut of the Erotic Future" by Aaron Schuster:

For Lacan, the precarious situation of the cosmonaut hooked into an impenetrable mechanism is not an isolated or extreme case, but reveals the universal condition of the human subject. We are all erotic cosmonauts, split between our everyday, phenomenological life experience and the computing apparatus -- what Lacan calls the "symbolic order" -- that parasites our body and secretly controls our thoughts and desires. The lot of the modern subject, adrift in a universe of significations without substantial support or foundation, is perfectly encapsulated by the "experience of the cosmonaut: a body that can open and close itself weighing nothing and bearing on nothing."