Jouissance must be made a vital function. Only a living body jouit. How is the incorporation of the structure translated, if not by an emptying of the jouissance of which the tomb is the model? What do we find in the tomb? The dead body surrounded by what has served to satisfy it during its existence.
In the middle, the bones, this mummy that we can call an empty set, the empty set of the dead body. On the periphery, as rejected to the outside, the instruments of jouissance.It is a way of grasping how Freud distinguishes what he calls the erogenous zones, which are border areas where jouissance, which has been driven from the body, has in some way taken refuge. It remains residual.
Nathaniel Mellors, The Vomiter (Ourhouse), 2010
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