January 29th, 2011

S.C. Hickman

Cengiz Erdem: The Life Death Drives

"Myth is the hidden part of every story, the buried part, the region that is still unexplored because there are as yet no words to enable us to get there."
      - Italo Calvino

"We shall defend the complications of our theory so long as we find that they meet the results of observation, and we shall not abandon our expectations of being led in the end by those very complications to the discovery of a state of affairs which, while simple in itself, can account for all the complications of reality."
     - Sigmund Freud

"Visibility is a trap."
     - Michael Foucault


Cengiz Erdem in his work The Life Death Drives describing Foucault's use of Hobbes's Leviathan in his work on Jeremy Bentham's Panoptican in Discipline and Punish as a "metaphor of the modern power structure which has nothing/ness at its centre" turns that allegorical beast into a machine, and continues saying that "this machine is itself in a process of transformation today, and is taking the form of something that is neither organic nor inorganic, neither visible nor invisible, but felt. This is power as affective force" (39). [1]  Erdem tells us that Foucault did not go far enough and that with new knowledge of just how technology operates subjects live in a fantasy land where they "pretend that they are free floating across the Superpanopticon" but are in truth "locked deeper into the Panopticon; there finding themselves dismembered, losing themselves in the terrible condition of being pushed further into the hitherto undiscovered corners of their own rooms, in their cells" (40).

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