The Fragility of Potency
Tommaso Ariemma

According to an original interpretation of Nietzsche’s thought, this essay suggests a philosophical analysis on the sense of potency in which the cinematic experience is considered as the most aesthetic experience in relation to human potency. Starting from Nietzsche’s connection between potency and subjectivity linked to potency, this essay defines potency as corporal pathos, as a wound. Equally, Nietzsche states that art is the “maximum stimulant in life” because it is indeed a wound. It is a breaking act that increases fragility around itself using up (not increasing) potency. In this sense, cinema – the most shocking art for the spectator; the art that doesn’t show him/her the potency of thought but rather the impotency of thought – is an exemplary model.