|From the Paris of François Villon to Octave Mirbeau and his Jardin des Supplices
- thence to the cellars in gay quarters of the city where rites of
passage and orgiastic pain are prolonged in a world or leather and
chains on concrete: the reemergence of the archaic structures of
eroticism. Torture with its medieval erotics is transferred to the
world of urban sophisticate: the moment of the most intense jouissance or unbearable frustration is represented minimally, a floor of stone and darkness.