The Moment of Con-tactile Aesth-Ethics
The exploration of the evental encounter (carnal-spiritual proximity) between Ann and Krak and its implications constitutes the crux of this chapter. First, this chapter expatiates the premises of my proposed concept, Con-tactile Aesthetics-Ethics. Then, we will ponder the retrospective workings—driven by Nachträglichkeit (afterwardness) dynamics—of heteronomous mode of desire Ann expresses to Krak, now appearing as a traumatic memory in the wake of Ann’s suicide. Secondly, the details of psycho-somatic and existential-ethical upheaval undergone by Krak—as manifested in his language and body—will be probed. In keeping with the roles of desire delineated in preceding chapters, we will fully observe here how desire does not merely come to the ruination of social harmony and political projects on both—matriarchal (Skinner) and patriarchal (Stucley)—sides; but, in its radical form—schizo-nomadic desire—it engenders new modes of sociality and self-conception: a tragic community of those who have nothing in common but their shared experience of loss and its immanent ethics of infinity. Finally, we will see how the tempting offer of the rehabilitation of a revisionary form of governmentality, to wit, the formation of less authoritarian or more conciliatory versions of matriarchy or patriarchy are proposed by the representatives of the phallogocentric discourse, but are repudiated by both Skinner and Krak—both averring the need for the deconstruction/dismantling of the castle. Consequently, The Castle concludes on a note of politics of ambiguity—a repercussion of Ann’s ethics of ambiguity, infinity, difference, and other.