I like the idea of all these little moments that don’t seem important at all to most people. Yet, within the Fandom those snapshots tell entire stories about the characters that we’ve loved and the ones that we’ve lost.
Art as transgression, or any transgressive act, becomes a Rorschach test for the culture it comes out of. In one sense, transgressive art is a kind of psychic problem-solving, at the cultural level. It looks head-on at unresolved hostilities, humiliations, traumas. It offers catharsis - and you could say that it’s only in the aftermath of catharsis that healing is possible. But if the culture is not ready to face those hostilities, humiliations, traumas, then it responds with tremendous anxiety - which is expressed as hostility toward the artist.
Karen Finley - A Different Kind of Intimacy
Salaam Cinema, Mohsen Makhmalbaf
"I saw, or fancied I saw, the room and its furniture just as I had seen it last, except that it was very dark, and I saw something moving round the foot of the bed, which at first I could not accurately distinguish. But I soon saw that it was a sooty-black animal that resembled a monstrous cat. It appeared to me about four or five feet long, for it measured fully the length of the hearthrug as it passed over it; and it continued to-ing and fro-ing with the lithe sinister restlessness of a beast in a cage." - Le Fanu, “Carmilla”