“the reversal of reality into the Real corresponds to the reversal of the look (of the subject peering at reality) into the gaze that is, this reversal occurs when we enter the ‘black hole’, – the tear in the fabric of reality.

– SLAVOJ ZIZEK. 6 Essays On Woman+Causality” –


“Think of a theater stage and all the machinery behind it used to generate the staged illusion: ..the frame.. delimits the ‘magic’ space of the stage from the ‘ordinary’ reality offstage;” – Even if the backstage machinery is totally visible, as in some theaters, the staged reality is still generated.) ..One part of ordinary reality is separated from the rest by a frame which designates it as a magical space of illusion. ..This inversion-into-itself by way of which reality encounters itself on a fantasmatic stage.. inscribes appearance into appearance itself. ..It is not enough to claim that reality is inherently fantasmatic, that it is always constituted by a transcendental frame; this frame has to inscribe itself into the field of reality, in the guise of a difference between ‘ordinary’ reality and the ethereal reality: within our experience of reality (structured by fantasy), a part of reality has to appear to us as ‘fantasmatic’, as not ‘real reality.’

Less Than Nothing p. 374-5. – SLAVOJ ZIZEK

“There is no ‘hard reality’ to which one can simply return, but there is nonetheless some ‘real’ that prevents us from freely floating from one to another virtual body in the fantasy space.” – The point ..is not ..that it is not possible to ..float freely in virtual space, but its exact opposite: how is it that we are never fully immersed in ..bodily reality, how is it that there is no ‘reality’ without the empty screen onto which we project fantasies? ‘Reality’ itself, to which we are compelled to return after every virtual escapade, needs the fantasmatic frame as the ultimate support of its consistency.- THE ABYSS OF FREEDOM, p. 77