Nonsense literature frequently makes use of the literalisation
of abstractions, as well as set phrases and metaphors to generate a comic effect.
It is the shifts between these different registers of image and rhetoric, and the determining role of our own mobility in their literalisation
, that the spectator's movement in the gallery enacts.
Perhaps it is that the completeness of this song is not friendly to complementarity, but it seems more likely that the director, Anton Corbijn's conception of the theatrical is too unmoving--it is a conception, a frame--and his understanding of Gothic literalisation
is without the ironic awareness that in The Bad Seeds' oeuvre becomes transcendence.
The last two centuries have witnessed an increasing literalisation
of one of the dominant metaphors which guided the development of early modern science.
There is a shift here in the understanding of inscription from an abstract discursive construct of power/knowledge, to the literalisation
of inscription on the body.