The philosopher’s voice: Index n.59

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59. Surgit par conséquent le cinquante-neuvième indice, le surnuméraire, l’excédentaire – le sexuel: les corps sont sexués. Il n’y a pas de corps unisexe comme on le dit aujourd’hui de certains vêtements. Un corps est au contraire de part en part aussi un sexe: aussi des seins, une verge, une vulve, des testicules, des ovaires, des caractéristiques osseuses, morphologiques, physiologiques, un type de chromosome. Le corps est sexué par essence. Cette essence se détermine comme l’essence d’un rapport à l’autre essence. Le corps se détermine ainsi comme essentiellement rapport, ou en rapport. Le corps se rapporte au corps de l’autre sexe. Dans ce rapport, il y va de sa corporéité en tant qu’elle touche par le sexe à sa limite: elle jouit, c’est-à-dire que le corps est secoué au dehors de lui-même. Chacune de ses zones, jouissant pour soi-même, émet au dehors le même éclat. Cela s’appelle un âme. Mais plus souvent cela reste pris dans le spasme, dans le sanglot ou dans le soupir. Le fini et l’infini se sont croisés, se sont échangés un instant. Chacun des sexes peut occuper la position du fini ou de l’infini.

From 58 INDICES SUR LE CORPS et EXTENSION DE L’ÂME. Éditions Nota bene, Québec, 2004.

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59. Arises therefore the fifty-ninth index, the supernumerary, the excessive- the sexual: bodies are sexed. No body is unisex, as certain clothes are nowadays said to be. A body, on the contrary, is also a sex through and through: also breasts, a penis, vulva, testicles, ovaries; bony, morphological, physiological features, a type of chromosome. The body is sexed in essence. This essence is determined as the essence of a relation to the other essence. The body is thus determined in essence as a relation, or as in relation. The body is related to the body of the other sex. In this relation, its corporeality is involved insofar as it touches through sex on its limit: it delights [jouit], meaning that the body is shaken outside itself. Each of its zones, delighting for itself, emits the same light to the outside. This is called a soul. But mostly it stays caught in the spasm, the sob, or the sigh. Finite and infinite have intersected there, have crossed paths and exchanged places for an instant. Each of the sexes can occupy the position of the finite or the infinite.

From Fifty-eight Indices on the Body (Corpus)Jean-Luc Nancy. New York, Fordham University Press, 2008.

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59. Emerge di conseguenza il cinquantanovesimo indizio, quello soprannumerario, eccedente — quello sessuale: i corpi sono sessuati. Non c’è un corpo unisex come si dice oggi di certi vestiti. Al contrario un corpo è anche, da parte a parte, un sesso: è anche seni, verga, vulva, testicoli, ovaie, caratteristiche ossee, morfologiche, fisiologiche, un tipo di cromosoma. Il corpo è sessuato per essenza. Questa essenza si definisce come l’essenza di un rapporto con l’altra essenza. Il corpo si definisce così essenzialmente come rapporto, o in rapporto. Il corpo si rapporta al corpo dell’altro sesso. In questo rapporto, ne va della sua corporeità poiché attraverso il sesso tocca il proprio limite: gode, vale a dire che il corpo è scosso al di fuori di sé. Ciascuna delle sue zone, godendo per se stessa, trasmette fuori il medesimo bagliore. Che si chiama anima. Ma che più spesso resta preso nello spasmo, nel singhiozzo o nel sospiro. Il finito e l’infinito si sono incrociati, si sono scambiati un istante. Ciascuno dei sessi può occupare la posizione del finito o dell’infinito.

From Jean-Luc Nancy Indizi sul corpo. Ananke Edizioni, Torino, 2009

The philosopher’s voice: Index n.45

“Hearing is a physiological phenomenon; listening is a psychological act.” R. Barthes

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After a year of deep interchange with the internationally famous philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy, AMAE and Pier Giorgio De Pinto took their performative project “58 (+1) indices on the body” one step further and are now pleased to share with the audience the astonishing result.

Commencing today, a paragraph from the book 58 indices on the body, which was recorded by the philosopher himself especially for the project will be released every week on Soundcloud.

Each track is recorded in the philosopher’s voice and in their original language of French. Some of them will offer unexpected twists, backstage sounds and unpredicted mistakes, each of which prodded the philosopher to re-think and add new indices to his work.

According to Barthes, alerting, deciphering and understanding are the three levels of listening that can be determined.

With this project we want to give to the audience a voice to listen to that is open to interpretation, but it is also true that we want to share something that can also just be heard as a basic sound – or a noise.

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The launch track is the recording of the Index n. 45, where Jean-Luc Nancy discovers a typing error in the french publication.

Share your thoughts with us. Leave a comment along the track and be part of the project.

 

 

 

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45. Le corps est nôtre et il nous est propre dans l’exacte mesure où il ne nous appartient pas et se dérobe à l’intimité de notre être propre, si jamais celui-ci existe, ce dont précisément le corps doit nous faire sérieusement douter. Mais dans cette mesure, qui ne souffre aucune limitation, notre corps est non seulement nôtre mais nous, nous-même, jusqu’à la mort, c’est à-dire jusque dans sa mort et sa décomposition dont nous pourrons et sommes décomposés identiquement.

From 58 INDICES SUR LE CORPS et EXTENSION DE L’ÂME
Éditions Nota bene, Québec, 2004.

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45. The body is ours and proper to us precisely to the degree that it doesn’t belong to us and evades the intimacy of our proper being, if this being ever even exists, something the body, precisely, should make us seriously doubt. But to this degree, which suffers no limitation, our body isn’t just ours but us, ourselves, even unto death, meaning its death and decomposition, in which we can be, and are, identically decomposed.

From Fifty-eight Indices on the Body (Corpus)Jean-Luc Nancy. New York, Fordham University Press, 2008.