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:. In 1880 Evariste-Vital Luminais painted a picture entitled Les énervés de Jumièges. It portraits two young men lying on a boat,  wrapped up in a blanket, and with bandaged ankles; across the bow stands a small funeral altar with a lit candle. According to the legend that inspired the painting, the two sons of King Clovis II were found guilty of having schemed against their father, and eventually condemned to have their tendons burned and abandoned on a raft adrift along the river Seine. The original sense of “enervated” would define somebody whose tendons have been removed or cut off, and who becomes adynamic and incapable of any reaction. Within the slaughtering discipline, the practice of enervation, which consists of the cutting off of the spinal marrow, is considered the most suitable to accelerate the animal’s death.

:. The act of medicamenta, the manufacture: it is repeating incessantly the father’s sacrifice as a surrogate, because one cannot give up the repudiated paternity. It’s keeping the wound open, maintaining the mutilation provoked by the father’s disclaimer and by an archaic and monolithic power: the two brothers busy treating the wound and, at the same time, preventing it from healing, because it (the cut, the neurosis, the split) is the only tangible sign of their identity, it is – the tattoo. One brother tells the other, the knife has to keep on incisine – they have to carry on the practice of lacking (within the phantom of lacking), and pursue the separation. The philia by which these two protagonists are connected is at the core of all this – their reciprocal mutilation and support, their mutual love. The routine inside this practice is the goad of pain as a vice, a gymnastics, an automatism – as the exact spasm: a peak of intensity and release.

:. The ritual of self-mutilation is practiced to comply with a public imperative of security and health. The uterine sac, the plastic and pharmaceutical correction, the normalization, the civil constraint to be disabled/minor – to be infants. The way those arms plunge while extirpating inside and outside. To limit and mutilate oneself, in order to become socially adequate subjects. In surgical practice the object to be vivisected becomes a pure accomplice. The small keen victims become, in their turn, small keen executioners. Who does what to whom.

 

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