Critical distance is a relation based on mattersof expression. It is a question of keeping at a distance the forces ofchaos knocking at the door. Mannerism: the ethos is both abode and manner,homeland and style. This is evident in territorial dances termedbaroque or mannerist, in which each pose, each movement, establishes adistance of this kind (sarabands, allemandes, bourrees, gavottes.. .).16There is a whole art of poses, postures, silhouettes, steps, and voices. Twoschizophrenics converse or stroll according to laws of boundary and territorythat may escape us. How very important it is, when chaos threatens, todraw an inflatable, portable territory. If need be, I'll put my territory on myown body, I'll territorialize my body: the house of the tortoise, the hermitageof the crab, but also tattoos that make the body a territory.
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