The “Art of Terror” and Its Future

Rudolf Schwarzkolger, “4 Aktion”

“There is nothing man fears more than the touch of the unknown. He wants to see what is reaching towards him, and to be able to recognize or at least classify it. Man always tends to avoid physical contact with anything strange. In the dark, the fear of an unexpected touch can mount to panic.”[i] It is the above statement, appearing under the heading “The fear of being touched,” with which Elias Canetti opens his landmark…