By Akira Mizuta Lippit
Goals, x-rays, atomic radiation, and "invisible males" are phenomena which are visible in nature yet unseen. Atomic gentle (Shadow Optics) unearths those hidden interiors of cultural existence, the "avisual" because it has emerged within the writings of Jorge Luis Borges and Jacques Derrida, Tanizaki Jun'ichirô and Sigmund Freud, and H. G. Wells and Ralph Ellison, and within the early cinema and the postwar jap motion pictures of Kobayashi Masaki, Teshigahara Hiroshi, Kore-eda Hirokazu, and Kurosawa Kiyoshi, all below the shadow solid by way of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Akira Mizuta Lippit makes a speciality of old moments during which such modes of avisuality got here into being - the arriving of cinema, which introduced mind's eye to lifestyles; psychoanalysis, which uncovered the psyche; the invention of x-rays, which disclosed the interior of the physique; and the "catastrophic mild" of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which instituted an period of atomic discourses. With a taut, poetic variety, Lippit produces speculative readings of mystery and shadow records and visible buildings or phenomenologies of the interior, charting the materiality of what either can and can't be obvious within the radioactive gentle of the 20th century.
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Inside and outside and neither within nor without the house, the body vanishes, forming an archive that spans from the innermost interiority of the body to the vast exteriority that surrounds it. "37 In the toilet's intimate space, the place where the body performs its most essential activities, the body is lost. Lost in the exteriority of its most essential activities. Tanizaki's polemic against Western toilets takes the form of a disdain excessive illumination and its association with hygiene.
Derrida says: "A very singular monument, it is also the document of an archive. "59 The private archive that moves in this instance from father to son in the form of a gift takes place on the surface of the book and the skin: 28 The foliaceous stratification, the pellicular superimposition of these cutaneous marks seems to defy analysis. It accumulates so many sedimented archives, some of which are written right on the epidermis of a body proper, others on the substrate of an "exterior" body. 60 The private inscription elicits an archaeology of the surface.
The archive is possible only as such a shadow architecture. Like Freud's mosaic thesis, itself a theory of the Orient and an Orientalist revision of Judaism, Tanizaki articulates a complex theory of writing and interiority, secrecy, and visuality. At the threshold of a limit, an abyss from which the very idiom of light would change irreversibly and forever, Freud and Tanizaki perform two acts of secret writing, two forms of shadow writing, which seek to protect two archives under assault in the 1930s.
Atomic light by Akira Mizuta Lippit