Project Womb to Tomb 2017-2018
A human is a ‘being of desire’ or a ‘desiring being’ (Fink 1995: 61). As Freud noted in Beyond the Principle of Pleasure (1975), the only subject that fulfills desire is ‘death’, which means that ‘desire’ is the driving force that keeps man alive. We are beings that are aroused by desire; we get life from it and take a quick glimpse of the world with this borrowed mortal body. Man is the creation of desire and the body is a facet of life that is expressed in visual images. It is created or observed by visual representation in our world. ‘Life is a door into existence: Life may be doomed but the continuity of existence is not. The nearness of this continuity and its heady quality are more powerful than the thought of death’ (Bataille 1986: pp. 23-24). If we are “discontinuous selves”, is it possible to fulfill our desire and reach a stage that is beyond comprehension?