Saturday, 20 August 2011

Down town: 10 exercises upon the idea that rioters are produced by riots

Train struck by bag of faeces strung across line
The Independent 10th August 2011

During an early scene, set at the ballet, of Wilder’s Private life of Sherlock Holmes, Watson explains to his bored companion that a wooden swan being drawn across the stage, 'is not a real swan Holmes it is an enchanted princess.' The prop represents a princess in the form of a swan. Watson takes it for granted that Holmes can identify the prop as obviously not a real swan but he wishes to make a distinction between the Real and Unreal within that territory which is defined after disbelief has been suspended. It is this distinction between make-believe objects, and the categories to which they belong, that always seems to go missing from left interpretations of the theatre of rebellion.