Zeitgeist Films
by Dan
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소녀시대 (Girl's Generation) - "남자친구 (Boyfriend)"

"What would be my, how should I call it, spontaneous attitude towards the universe? It's a very dark one. The first one, the first thesis would have been: a kind of total vanity. There is nothing, basically. I mean it quite literally. Like, ultimately there are just some fragments, some vanishing things, if you look at the universe it's one big void. But then how do things emerge? Here, I feel a kind of spontaneous affinity with quantum physics. Where, you know, the idea there is that the universe is kind of a void, but a positively charged void. But then particular things appear when the balance of the void is disturbed, and I like this idea spontaneously very much. The fact that it's not just nothing, things are out there, it means something went terribly wrong. That what we call creation is a kind of a cosmic imbalance, cosmic catastrophe. That things exist by mistake. And I'm even ready to go to the end and to claim that the only way to counteract it is to assume the mistake and go to the end, and we have a name for this; it's called love. Isn't love precisely this kind of a cosmic imbalance? I was always disgusted with this notion of "I love the world", "universal love". I don't like the world, I don't know how I--uh--I'm basically somewhere in between "I hate the world" and "I'm indifferent towards it". But the whole of reality, it's just it, it is stupid, it's out there, I don't care about it. Love for me is an extremely violent act. Love is not "I love you all". Love means, I pick out something and--it's again this structure of imbalance. Even if this something is just a small detail, a fragile individual person, I say, "I love you more than anything else." In this quite formal sense, love is evil."

- Slavoj Zizek

[buy Zizek! from Zeitgeist]
[video for Girl's Generation's Gee]



Cousin Chris - "Head Down"

*choking sounds*
Ha ha...
Pretty good view of the inside of my mouth, huh?

"it was great.."
Did you see down my throat at all?
What did you see in there?

"it was very dark."
"it was dark, I didn't see much of anything."
So you didn't see any teeth or anything then.
"i saw your teeth."
(smiling) huh...
Did you see the uvula which is that dangly thing at the back of the mouth?
What we need is a light, then.

- Billy P.

[buy Billy the Kid from Zeitgeist]
[site for CC]

Posted by Dan at July 6, 2009 3:45 AM

Oulala... Isn't it somewhat violent to put Girl's Generation over there ? Quite unexpected for me as a usual reader of yours, and accustomed listener of korean mainstream music 'à mon corps défendant', I am stunned actually, have some problem to put it coherently, discovered so many beautiful things here and now... this is so unexpected...
I am used to the saying: 'korean pop music is something to watch, but not to listen', and now you're putting G'G, I'm thinking: there must be something I missed... is there ?

Posted by elsia at July 6, 2009 10:38 AM


Zizek has in his home a poster of Stalin by the front door. When asked why he has it there, he says, "In order to frighten and offend people so much that they leave me alone." And when pressed on the matter, "surely, you can't be a Stalinist." He replies, "Of course I am not a Stalinist, but it is not the content of my sarcastic joke that you should not take seriously, but rather the very form of sarcasm that you should not take seriously." He explains that qualifying the Stalin poster every time someone mentions it ruins the necessary impact, the shock of it is required to get the message across.

Posted by dan at July 6, 2009 12:56 PM

i could listen to that man speak forever.

Posted by sam at July 6, 2009 1:38 PM

Billy the Kid! Such a great movie. Right around my hometown. Tried to interview Billy once, but I guess he avoids that kinda thing.

Posted by Tyler at July 6, 2009 2:00 PM

i can say i'm glad i reacted with spontaneity, candid as i am, so than i can get such an answer to develop the idea, you took the time to light it up, thanks!

Posted by elsia at July 6, 2009 3:58 PM

w/e: girl's generation pwns.

Posted by ck at July 8, 2009 2:57 PM

I like what he says about chocolate cake after the bit you quoted from the film- can't remember how it goes exactly but it seemed sort of antichocolatecake.

Posted by dzr at July 9, 2009 4:35 PM

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