As the human figure is replicated and flattened (allá Warhol) and enlarged (allá Oldenburg) the body loses affect. This representation mirrors advertised, commodified objects: objects without spirit or agency.
Frederic Jameson calls this the “death of affect.”
To clarify, it is a spread or dispersal of affect. Affect of the body (it’s agency to produce effect) is siphoned into the image and distributed ubiquitously. This is not profound, but a banal vampiric bleeding-off the affect of a real body into a sans-animate representation.
Our true death is that we lose the ability to experience the real.
But, let’s not be hasty: one encounter with the primal real, a real body, can reactivate the giddy potency so carefully neutered.