New York

Nayland Blake

Thread Waxing Space

After passing through a portal in the shape of a guillotine, the viewer was immediately confronted by a provisional metal scaffold behind which hung a drawing of an architectural interior. On the other side of this strange construction stood a Neoclassical miniature stage set, complete with a number of tiny chairs—the set for Nayland Blake’s marionette production of the Marquis de Sade’s text, Philosophy in the Bedroom, 1793.

In an age when there is perhaps a little too much psychoanalysis in the bedroom, a little philosophy might be just what the doctor ordered. And I’m not talking about Hegel’s phenomenology of the spirit, but of something more on the erotic, if not positively pornographic, end of the intellectual-sensual scale. For those out of touch with the Marquis’ relatively progressive discourses of libertinage (the philosophy of fucking, sucking, and every other sexual maneuver),

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