March 18, 2011

Spectacles and sumptuous moments

It's important to indulge in things that just make you feel good wether it be looking at something beautiful, wearing something sexy or driving your car really fast in circles...all day long. There is a windmill farm just beyond Willowsprings, this track - it's sort of the anthesis to it.

The windmills are collecting energy and the drivers spending it wildly. I fell in love with the sound of the cars, the sound of the intemperance.

 By the middle of the day I didn't have to even look up to know when my boyfriends car was going by.

It was too windy to stay stapled to the chain link fence with my bag of Jalapeno potato chips watching the cars zoom by for long, but the sound ... the sound and the shelter from the wind was enough.

Ian's car has a sound when its going about 120, of a silky flutter gurgle...maybe in the key of F? It's quiet and loud all at the same time.

This guy George Bataille had a thing about energy, and I have a little thing about Bataille. I think part of his thing was that we all have excess energy, and it will ooze, seep or explode out one way or another, but if we're conscious of that, we can choose to a degree how that happens. War would be an example of energy that has not been channeled well, art or luxury goods being on the other side of that. Maybe I've got it all wrong, but it seems like the idea is that excess is inevitable, and one should not ignore it, or deny it. Gosh I've confused myself...let me find a quote to clarify...from Wikipedia if that's ok...
...according to Bataille's theory of consumption, the accursed share is that excessive and non-recuperable part of any economy which is destined to one of two modes of economic and social expenditure. This must either be spent luxuriously and knowingly without gain in the arts, in non-procreative sexuality, in spectacles and sumptuous monuments, or it is obliviously destined to an outrageous and catastrophic outpouring, in the contemporary age most often in war, or in former ages as destructive and ruinous acts of giving or sacrifice, but always in a manner that threatens the prevailing system.

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