Posted by: HAT | June 7, 2009

Glimpsed in Utopian Space

Floral arrangements at the event featured these flowers, considered exotic in this locale, which grow wild in South Africa

Floral arrangements at the event featured these flowers, considered exotic in this locale, which grow wild in South Africa

Here is something that might happen in utopian space–which might appear in the form of the auditorium of a church, constructed some time around the turn of the last century: a transgender beauty pageant, in which the intermezzos that allow the contestants to change from one outfit to another are bridged by drag show acts and, for the finale, a performance of traditional Samoan dances by members of the local Samoan community, including a solo by this year’s Miss Transgender Community, at one point using an elaborately carved knife approximately 2 feet long as a prop. When the outgoing Miss Transgender Community takes her final walk down the runway, she is showered with money, hugs and kisses by the members of the Samoan group, including the beautiful little girls (3 years old? 4?) who have been dancing in the audience all night to the music of the drag show acts, and taking peppermints from the judges’ table with increasing boldness.

The future can only be anticipated in the form of an absolute danger. It is that which breaks absolutely with constituted normality and can only be proclaimed, presented, as a sort of monstrosity. For that future world and for that within it which will have put into question the values of sign, word, and writing, for that which guides our future anterior, there is as yet no exergue. (Jacques Derrida, Of Grammatology, translated by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (Baltimore & London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1976) p. 5)

Who could recognize that “form of absolute danger” concretely upon its presentation? Who could distinguish it from a form of delight with any finality, stability, or consensus?

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