Theory of Twilight Imagination


SODA lecture series, Berlin, 12th June:

Storytelling and other unbelievable stories: the fictions of capital seem to be characterised by a foreclosure of the dark essence of imagination. Rebounding on German idealism, I call twilight imagination that which governs the formation of worlds, mythological creations and cinematographic works. If the fictions of capital know how to exploit some of the effects of imagination, they are not able to release its load. We must take aesthetic and political responsibility for this load in the name of a psychological economy of imaginative contribution while leaving a place for passivity and darkness.

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