20 February 2010
According to Walter Benjamin, mimetic faculty precedes rational ability to distinguish between right or wrong, true or untrue. The mirror stage is a crucial point in the formation of an independent subject, for subject learns to recognise himself or herself from the mirror. However, the Self is a product of misunderstanding: the Ego is displaced into the Imaginary order. Our capacity for reflection prevents us from acting spontaneously.
The way the Self projects its own activity to the external parallels outsourcing at the economic level. In Rotterdam, we placed all our value on a subject in order that it could diverge to an independent actor. The basic material is raised to the level of cultural meanings in this process.