By Richard Noble
Utopian recommendations in modern paintings visible within the context of the histories of utopian considering and avant-garde artwork.
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7–95. Fetishization 47 out of its wooden brain grotesque ideas, far more wonderful than ‘table-turning’ 43 ever was. In Marx’s theory, a definite social relation exists between men which assumes a “fantastic form of a relation between things” when the latter are produced for the purpose of exchange in the market (Capital 72). As these products are no longer regarded as articles of utility, as Marx argues, they come to be seen as independent beings endowed with life, entering into relation both with each other and with humans.
Freud therefore attributes the term “heimlich” to two distinguishable, but not contradictory sets of ideas. On the one hand, it refers to what is familiar and agreeable and, on the other, to what is concealed and kept out of sight.
45 In Gautier’s tale, the narrator himself refers to the shop as a veritable Capharnaüm (139); all ages and all places “meet” in it. The only unifying criterion for this heterogeneous list of items is their superfluity or absence of use-value. Since all objects are sold in isolation from their original context, they are no longer identifiable in terms of their utility or purpose. Only as they are purchased are they assigned their function. The same is true for the mummy’s foot. 46 Although the narrator intends to use the foot as a paperweight, he selects the piece above all because of its originality and aesthetic value.