'Georges Bataille (1897-1962). French essayist, philosophical theorist and novelist, often called the "metaphysician of evil".
The Story of the Eye, Histoire de l'oeil (1928), is among Bataille's best-known glorifications of eroticism. He felt that sexual union causes a momentary indistinguishability between otherwise distinct objects. The secret of eroticism opened visions into unknowable continuity of being, the death. Poetry has similar dimensions when it dissolves the reader "into the strange". Pornography was for Bataille the vehicle for his own surrealist experiments and memory – this also partly explains the complex associations of eggs and eyes.'


Image from:
Alexander Roob, Het hermetische museum. Alchemie en mystiek, Taschen, 2003

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