CECI TUERA CELA (This Will Kill That) – Introduction

Following on from my translation of a recent interview with Annie Le Brun and my review in S No.4 of Ceci tuera cela, co-written by her with Juri Armanda, I have translated the introduction to this important book. 

Ceci tuera cela

INTRODUCTION

Rest assured, this book is not a new speculation about a virus that has had the side effect of making people endlessly prattle on about it.

Begun two years ago, this text, devoted to the new status of the image in the 21st century, was three-quarters written when the pandemic began. Continuing our reflection on a digital hegemony that seemed to us to be taking on monstrous proportions, we were nonetheless attentive to the novelty of the situation. At first astonished, then increasingly less so, we saw day after day the violent confirmation of what we had advanced or had only a presentiment. The dangers of the pandemic did not diminish or erase those of the technological enslavement that seemed to us to be underway. On the contrary, these dangers provided the proof and, at the same time, were aggravating this enslavement, whilst almost everyone was welcoming it. Continue reading “CECI TUERA CELA (This Will Kill That) – Introduction”

Annie Le Brun: “The Illusion of A Limitless Freedom…”

Following from my review, published in S No.4, of Ceci tuera cela by Annie Le Brun and Juri Armanda, I have translated the following recent interview with Annie Le Brun, conducted by Bertrand Burgalat for the magazine, Technikart (No.256, February 2022).

Some of the observations Annie Le Brun makes in the interview about her surrealist friend and collaborator, Toyen, might equally be applied to herself: “Never giving up on her revolt or her dreams, she has never allowed herself to be held back by anything that confines one to gender, role, ideology…” Continue reading “Annie Le Brun: “The Illusion of A Limitless Freedom…””