Friday, May 11, 2007
A Fine and Private Place
A hurried postscript to L.A. Store Windows (May 3): only in retrospect am I noticing the self-reflexive description of this space in the last line about the liveliness of the inner space of the overlooked window. There are figures of the party in the crypt (done nicely in Corpse Bride, most recently). Melanie Klein's psychic space of internal good and bad objects is very crowded, and suggests the black comedy of transferring more and more interest to the inside. For Lacanian psychoanalysts the liveliness of undead space is what's really dead and disturbing about it, and of course manic, unwilled liveliness is no fun. Klein also offers a way of imagining the civilized population of internal space, however, although she doesn't explore this as much or provide many adjectives for it: for her such a space would be stable, symmetrical dynamically, something to return to. (The image is of Persephone and Hades dining in.) If a dinner party is possible, maybe a cocktail party--for a few--would be possible too.