Meira Asher

Body Without Organs – First Deconstruction



- 20:30

Meira Asher – voice, electronics, objects

In 2014, Haggai Fershtman and I started delving into the radio play Pour en finir avec le jugement de Dieu by Antonin Artaud – his final work from 1947. In January 2019, I temporarily parted ways with this work, when we released a double vinyl album launched at Acre Theatre, Tmuna, and HaMazkeka in collaboration with Eran Sachs, Amir Bolzman, Boris Martzinovsky, Eal Lally Bitton and Marco Milevski

Pour en finir avec le jugement de Dieu ends with the following paragraph:
“When you will have made him a body without organs,
then you will have delivered him from all his automatic
and restored him to his true freedom.
They you will teach him again to dance wrong side out
as in the frenzy of dance halls
and this wrong side out will be his real place.”

– Antonin Artaud, Pour en finir avec le jugement de Dieu, 1947


At this point, and regardless of the later discussion of the idea by philosophers Deleuze and Guattari, I invite the first reflection/deconstruction via sound of the body from its organs as a solution-idea, as Artaud put it, informed by his following words:
“If I kill myself, it will not be in order to destroy myself, but in order to reconstitute myself; suicide will be for me only a means of violently re-gaining myself, of brutally bursting into my own being, of forestalling the uncertain advances of God. By means of suicide, I reintroduce my own plan into nature, and instill for the first time the form of my volition into things.”
(On Suicide, Antonin Artaud, 1925)