source of its images and its myths in the sufferings of the
present ... it reconciles itself with Naturalism by sublimat-
ing it Thus the Factory is not solely alienated. Machines
and cadences find in us certain secret correspondences
... The 8 hour shift beyond the destruction it operates
daily, brings the organism into a point, anti–natural,
where the disordered state is expressed among other things
through a kind of waking delirium. The maddest images
are then born with ease, the unbridled established without
the conscious being able to do anything but register them.
How not to effect a parallel with Sufism which utilises gid-
diness and conjugate fatigue ... and the methods of west-
ern mystics centred on abstinence and prayer.
If to ponder at every moment, in a quasi–superstitious
way, the hidden significance of daily events is a wide-
spread fact (evil?), to consider the modern world in its
symbolic expansion is less so.
Society of the Spectacle, modern mythology, gener-
alised Publicity, are capital concepts but nevertheless
insufficient to define the nature of our relationships with
the universe and society ... we perceive the world,
unconsciously, as an omnipresence of signs ... signs
without significations, whose sole interest is to evoke, to
make us look back into the concealed part of ourselves.
The look and subjectivity ... we must reconsider our
relationship with the event in the most innocent appear-
ance ... thus is it the spectacle, minute fragment of
What happens in the concert is outside the ordinary.
Anguish and concentration, between the fire of dazzling
spotlight and the moving darkness of the crowd, vaguely
disturbing, below the stage.
JOY DIVISION passes beyond simple entertainment
to retranscribe musically the worlds of half–light and the
intensity of ecstasy. Sometimes disillusioned or nostalgic
accents intrude, for the experience is multiform and its
complexity cannot be translated in a sole concept. A music
at the intersection of luminous and dark worlds, between
silence and the cry, a bridge between the past and present
mystical symbolism. Key of the rock concerts (doesn’t
the word "rock" in itself refer to the subterranean world?)
modern rituals of which till now we saw only the entertain-
ing or sociological aspects.