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CUNNING STUNTS

PORNOGRAPHY LITERALLY MEANS the description of our debauch. But what is literal in the world of symbolic forms? A letter is a litter since Joyce brought to words the same cunning ambivalence and stunning corporeality we happily associate with the sexual act. Words and sexes are no longer literal; verb and body are subjected to constant metamorphosis. Do we come out of this wiser but sadder?

Cunning stunts leaves us to re-Joyce in Sade-ness: Brian Nissen’s couplings of images are like a gigantic erotic pun, a vast web of allusions where multiple meanings of body and language, body and mind, mind and language, stasis and change, come together, tied by the knot of sexual description, only to see each knot untied the instant it is fastened. We are separated from the stunning cunts and the treacherous pricks by the cunning stunts and the lecherous tricks of the artist: we see but we cannot touch

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