“The thrill of voyeurism depends on a fundamental failure of self-recognition. The voyeur believes that she/he is looking at a scene that simply exists in itself and that has not been constructed for her/his look. Hence, the voyeur can see others in their private world, what exist beneath their public face, and the voyeur’s enjoyment derives from seeing this private world. This utterly private moment would be, in the thinking of the voyeur, what others were really like, how they appear when no one is looking. But when the voyeur looks on this private moment, what she/he misses is its structured nature. Even the most intimate moments in our lives structure themselves around a public look, even when that look is absent. The subject in a private moment continues, albeit most often unconsciously, to act and present her/himself for an imagined look*. We perform our intimate activities in ways that confirm a certain idea we have of ourselves, and this self-image implies an external look—what Freud calls an ego ideal—that apprehends it. The implicit onlooker gives meaning and structure to the private activity. Without the implicit onlooker or ego ideal, we would have no sense of how to act in private, no method for organizing our private lives**. In short, the scene that the voyeur witnesses is always a scene created for the look of the voyeur, and this what the voyeur cannot see. There is something fundamentally disappointing about voyeurism: it never sees what it’s looking for but instead sees a moment created for its look. The structured nature of the private moment is most emphatically true in the case of cinema: we cannot even imagine a film not organized around the look of a spectator, and yet this is precisely what most films—and, just as importantly, most spectators—attempt to disavow. In this sense, the film itself does look back at the spectators insofar as its very structure takes their desire as spectators into account. There is no film that has been made not to be seen***. 3-4

McGowan. The Bizarre Nature of Normality.” The Impossible David Lynch” – http://ift.tt/1QlT7VG

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