Nature is not natural and can never be naturalized — Graham Harman

Friday, November 30, 2012

Adorno on Object-Oriented Aesthetics: The Pith Instruction

"Ultimately, aesthetic comportment is to be defined as the capacity to shudder, as if goose bumps were the first aesthetic image. What later came to be called subjectivity, freeing itself from the blind anxiety of the shudder, is at the same time the shudder’s own development; life in the subject is nothing but what shudders, the reaction to the total spell that transcends the spell. Consciousness without shudder is reified consciousness. That shudder in which subjectivity stirs without yet being subjectivity is the act of being touched by the other. Aesthetic comportment assimilates itself to that other rather than subordinating it. Such a constitutive relation of the subject to objectivity in aesthetic comportment joins eros and knowledge."

3 comments:

John Muse said...

Gorgeous!

John Muse said...

Gorgeous!

Bill Benzon said...

Though I don't have references at hand, there is a psychological literature on goosebumps and chills as a response to music. For that matter, there's psychological literature on laughter in rats.