Body-and image-space : re-reading Walter Benjamin by Benjamin, Walter; Weigel, Sigrid; Benjamin, Walter

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2, 431; Ill 133, translation modified) This reference to the body and to things, to both the organic and the inorganic, as the material of distortion (a modality in the structure of the unconscious) represents one of the variants with which Benjamin accomplishes his materialist inflection of psychoanalytical modes of observation. 2, 434; Ill 136, translation modified). In this way, Benjamin is able to inscribe his reading of Judaic Messianism into his fusion of materialism and psychoanalysis: ‘No one says that the distortions, to set aright which the Messiah will one day appear, are those of our space alone.

GS VI, 66) Benjamin is interested in this context in the connection between corporeality and language both with regard to bodily signs—for example in his notes ‘On Shame’ (Über die Scham) of 1919–20 (GS VI, 70)—and to perception, the history of which he links, in the note ‘Perception and the Corporeal’ (Wahrnehmung und Leib) (GS VI, 67), to ‘corporeal changes’ (Veränderung des Leibes). In this same note he also discusses the phenomenon of the inaccessibility to the perception of the subject of his 22 ‘BODY-AND IMAGE-SPACE’ IN BENJAMIN’S WORK’ own body.

In order to represent this idea, the text has recourse to the neurologicopsychoanalytical conception of energy as a bodily load or charge: And the physis organized for it in technology can, in accordance with all its political and factual reality, only be produced in that image-space with which profane illumination makes us familiar. Only when here, in profane illumination, body and image-space so interpenetrate that all revolutionary tension becomes bodily POLITICS OF IMAGES AND BODY 17 collective innervation, and all the bodily innervations of the collective become revolutionary detonation, will reality have surpassed itself to the extent demanded by the Communist Manifesto.

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