Julia Kristeva

On the Melancholic Imaginary




In “On the Melancholic Imaginary,” Julia Kristeva cites Fyodor Dostoevsky’s notes for his 1872 The Devils (which has also appeared in English as Demons, or more interestingly, The Possessed):

“[…] My head ached, my body was broken. In general, the fit’s aftermath – that is, nervousness, a hazy and, in a certain way, contemplative state of mind – lasts longer now than in preceding years. Previously, this passed in three days and now not before six. In the evenings especially, when the candles have been lit, a hypochondriac sadness, without object, like a blood-red tone (not tint) over everything.”

This passage fragments the body of the author seized by his work. The “hypochondriac sadness” that takes hold as the candles are lit occurs today before the glow of a screen, without object, like a white-blue tone (not tint) over everything.

October Magazine

1995 questionnaire on feminist practices




This questionnaire was published by MIT Press journal October in 1995, so it doesn’t have the most direct relationship to new media art, however, given the recent renewed interest in feminist practices, I think it’s important to look back twenty years to see how far we’ve come. Unfortunately, many of the concerns women in the art world had in ’95—being essentialized as “bad” outsiders or “good girls,” being elided in group exhibitions, etc.—persist today. (Evidencing such, another fantastic resource I recently discovered, Gallery Tally, tracks the number of men and women represented by contemporary art galleries.) Be sure to check out Liz Kotz’s response. http://gallerytally.tumblr.com/