PRINT September 1993

Marcel Duchamp’s Étant donnés

AFFECT BEING THAT which keeps you there, that which never really becomes an object’s property or adornment, what then can it mean to hear why a work of art has stuck in the mud of another’s mind? I would never expect my affects to be yours.

To be kept, as am I, by the Étant donnés is to be affected by something invisible. Remember saying to Teeny I’d like to write about the Étant donnés but wasn’t old enough and her saying to me I know what you mean. Affect keeps one waiting, aging, open.

And happy. With time one sees that one has not been kept waiting for answers. For what, then?

This is not an answer to that question any more than Duchamp’s givens are a gotten. All I can say for now is this: ceci n’est pas un con (this is not a cunt). Through the peepholes, for this is a stereoscopic peep, there is the famous view of the lady’s crotch, but the lady is not one, of course, she is a doll and

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