OUR COLUMNIST AVILA AND A VERY INTERESTING AND CLASSICAL VIEW OF SHUNGA:
‘It does result quite mesmerizing to see that equilibrium in Shunga drawings. The significance of the drawings pivoting on sex explaining human attitudes and interests is mind blowing and it reminds me of a T.S Eliot quote “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.”
In the third century B.C. Archimedes found that he could balance a lever pivoted about a fulcrum by calculating the distance times the weights on each side of the fulcrum. The result should be equal, producing a state of static equilibrium.
The space between “0″ and “1″ can be filled with an infinite number of fractions that are divisions of the actual space. If for a moment, we eliminate those fractions and we observe the space as a whole, we will see that its meaning differs from “0″. The space is what gives “0″ and “1″ its significance, and at the same time space has its own meaning. In Shunga drawings, the different sexual acts are drawn in such a way that they help conveying the lack of gravity and weightlessness (0) on the characters represented (1), which helps the viewer focus on the significance of the action in place . Is like if “0″ gravity facilitates the equilibrium on both sides of the sexual lever given by the significance of space.
On the contrary, western porn is all about the fulcrum, and equilibrium is meaningless, rendering the action irrelevant if we take in account the limited possibilities of the characters involved, and their restricted imaginative capabilities when the lever tilts towards one side or towards the other…’
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