Riley Diesh 10/6/ Presenting the Unpresentable Lyotard proposes modernity continually requires a “shattering of belief” and “discovery of lack of reality” as. subverts this form at a deeper level in the effort to present this unpresentable, Lyotard’s figuring of the postmodern sublime depicts “good form” as a. “salace,” a . Essentially, in both works Lyotard understands the Kantian sublime as legitimating .. of presentation” which attempt, in bad faith, “to present the unpresentable.

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Charles Center Summer Research Blog. This goes back to Immanuel Kant, who explained the experience of the sublime as an encounter with our own limitations — the realization that an experience is wholly outside your ability to understand it.

We cannot encompass it by thinking, and so it remains ghe or unnameable, undecidable, indeterminate and unpresentable.

The tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao The name that can be named is not the eternal Name. The unnamable is the eternally real. Naming is the origin of all particular things. Free from desire, you realize the mystery. Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations. Yet mystery and manifestations arise from the same source. This source is called darkness. Unpresentability is an abstract 3 concept, and art that addresses it tends to be abstract.


Jean-François Lyotard (1924—1998)

But this is a something different from abstraction in painting; abstract language allows a writer to describe an unvisualizable concept more or less directly. Phoebus tthe dead, ephebe.

But Phoebus was A name for something that never could be named. There was a project for the sun and is. There is a project for the sun.

The sun Must bear no name, gold flourisher, but be In the difficulty of what it is to be. Many use a high amount of concrete imagery or symbols, peppered with complicated, abstract phrases describing the concept of unpresentability AKA indescribability, inconceivability, unutterable, etc.

This is not preswnting say that a concrete image is lyotare to an unvisualizable concept; images are just more visceral — just as the massive size of Vir Heroicus Sublimis contributes to its effect and, therefore, its theme.

A mathematician uses a supercomputer to try and determine the true Thw name of God. The film employs a recurring metaphor for these un-knowablilities: But despite the unique visual style — which of course is integral to the story — the film gets to rely a lot on fairly complex, high-minded dialogue and a lot of voice-over narration to help explain the complicated stuff.


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Another, very well known, example of a film depicting a human experiencing the sublime is the Stargate sequence in A Space Odysseydir. Is the whole thing too obvious here even to mention?

Causeries sur le temps Paris: Reflections on Time Cambridge: First published in Artforum April, ; reprinted in Simon Morley, ed. That was a great read! Thanks for your post! There are a million little ways that you could change a detail and have it affect or kill! For example, game soundtracks often run on loops while the player continues working in a certain section of the game.

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