Faible passion du réel
(Weak Passion for the Real)
Juan Pérez Agirregoikoa
Le théorisme,
méthode de salut public

(Theorism, Method of
Public Salvation
Gilles Grelet
Un se divise en Deux series
120 pages
double way of reading
full color printing
15 x 21 cm
ISBN: 2-9520842-6-2
June 2006
16 euros


What is to be done today concerning what remains of the modern project, of its passion for the real —not the reality on which our modern times thrive, but the one real passion: devouring, unsustainable, atrocious— which is nonetheless reasonable? How does one adhere to an “after” modernity without tumbling into the infamy of the “post”? What determines this remainder of modernism, this ultimate modern fidelity offered up as the “weak passion for the real”?
These are the questions, no less, which guided the hand of Juan Pérez Agirregoikoa when taking up his felt pens, pencils and tubes of paint. On the other hand, the author was guiltily obliged to leaf through certain works, searching a support, or at least a starting point, in the writings of Alain Badiou and Jacques Lacan. A new departure, a second breath.
On this occasion, Juan Pérez Agirregoikoa rescued the remains of Harlequin, modern hero par excellence, figure of modern painting, the one on whose bare skin geometric abstraction is stitched one piece at a time. Pérez Agirregoikoa shook him out of his drabness in order to put him back on the merry‑go‑round. A not so jolly tour, albeit often funny, but ultimately quite bitter, hard, hopeless. In any case a trip on a shaky, murderous path, full of pitfalls, comprising the modern‑day circus and its sinister parade: democracy, romanticism, surveillance, liberal attitudes, traditions, clericalism, the cult of the artist, sense and sensibility…

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1.— Direct theory is real: of a radical poverty.
2.— It doesn’t consist in thinking reality, but in destroying it.
3.— More exactly, to destroy that which, within reality, obstructs the coming of the Angel, of Enthusiasm, the salvation-invention of the People.
4.— This obstacle is the semblance, whose matrix is practice.
5.— Descriptive practice (theoricism), destructive practice (terrorism) or tempered, bustling practice, the pulverulent one from which everyday life is woven, in all cases affairs of the semblance.
6.— Ranking first among them, since they are entirely surrounded by it: philosophy.
7.— The people of theory is reality in person, known by way of the act which establishes it in destroying philosophy, which wants nothing to do with it.

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