Christ’s Depositionreframed as autogeddon
‘One aspect of Crash which I think is even more explicit in David Cronenberg’s film is the sacramental aspect of the car crash … These crashes are celebrated as a kind of profane mass … The characters are aware that some sort of transcendent experience is taking place that exists far outside their own sensibilities or nerve-endings.’
Ballard, here, is not debasing Christianity for the sake of any shock value… what’s to be gained from that, and who would be shocked anyway..? The more interesting manoeuvre is to equate the intensity of the car crash with a need to feel something meaningful, to reach beyond the ‘Death of Affect’. The crucifixion as proxy for transcendence has lost its lustre in a consumer society. What better way to re-energise than to confront the daily possibility of dying within a context of heightened sensation.
Sex and death never felt so entwined.