falling and dropping
May 3, 2008
-e. e. cummings
Derrida Queries de Man, Mark Tansey
“And instead of talking to you about French theory in America over the last twenty years, I would have preferred to spend more than an hour reflecting on the desire and work of Mark Tansey, who has me either dancing dangerously at the edge of a waterfall, or growing like a tree, but still at the edge of somber and menacing water, to the bottom of which, in the autumn, in the fall, I could sink. In the fall, into the falls, falling down into the false. I will not speak of these simulacra any longer.”
-Derrida, “Deconstuctions: The Im-possible”
III. Bird droppings: “A real fake thing that sells a real product”?
According to this website, this popular viral video is a complete hoax–made to sell “Fromundah,” the fake Nigerian soda the reporter drinks after the bird poops in his mouth. So I guess it was all just made for the sake of being funny. “Falling down into the false.” In a shifted context, perhaps Derrida’s phrase speaks to this video’s fakeness and its production of fakeness.
And to bring it all back home to parentheses, you might like to check out the fake spin on the fake video, “Dog Poops (Not Bird) In Reporters Mouth.” First “Bird,” then “Dog (Not Bird).” Here the parentheses are in communication with the parenthetical-less first phrase, correcting it, updating it, becoming even more ridiculous. If you’re standing under a tree, a bird dropping his business on you is feasible. But it is much less feasible for a dog (not bird) to