Open Day: Lacanian Psychoanalysis on the Street

by Aghi

Have you always wanted to know more about Jacques Lacan and psychoanalysis but haven’t found the right company?

We are a group of individuals coming from diverse scientific, artistic, and cultural backgrounds sharing an affinity for the work of Jacques Lacan. Our work together in the last year has inspired us to expand our circle and open our doors. We would like to invite you to get to know us, enjoy good music and wine, and take part in a dialogue about Lacanian psychoanalysis on the street.

In our Lacan Guided Reading Group at Stillpoint Spaces Berlin, we have explored the concept of the “lamella.” The work on this topic had inspired us to organize an open day in which we will host an exhibition and launch our Lacanian fanzine, both titled Lamella.

Join us on the 25th of May between 16:00 and 22:00h at Stillpoint Spaces Berlin. Address: Hobrechtstraße 66, 12047 Berlin.

Program
16:00h – Opening of Lamella exhibition (by Aghi)
18:00h – Informal meeting with the members of the Lacanian Affinities Berlin (laLAB)
19:00h – Short talk: Finding Your Way in Lacan
20:00h – Lamella fanzine launch: Open Discussion
21:00h – Talk with artist Aghi
22:00h – Closing doors

”Lamella”
The “lamella” is a mythical depiction of the Freudian “libido” conceived by Jacques Lacan. The myth of the lamella portrays libido as an uncanny disembodied organ, shed by the living being at the moment of sexual reproduction. It is an organ, since it is an instrument of the organism. However, it is an “unreal” organ, lacking mass or substance, an indefinitely malleable and indestructible surface that perpetually traverses the body’s instincts of survival.

Exhibition
Inspired by the group’s work on the “lamella,” visual artist Aghi has chosen to further investigate the excessive nature of this disembodied organ in the urban landscape. On several excursions, Aghi explored urban landscapes of discarded matter, trying to capture possible manifestations of the “lamella.”
Aghi is a visual artist who explores the relationship between photography, poetry and psychology. His publications appeared in several international magazines and he had two solo exhibitions in Milan and Rome. More of Aghi on https://www.aghi.es

Fanzine
The Lamella fanzine is a quarterly publication bringing together the work of the members of the Lacan Guided Reading Group and Lacanian Affinities Berlin (laLAB). The fanzine embodies fabrications, ruminations, critiques and conclusions revolving around the group’s work on the subject of Lacanian psychoanalysis. It will be available in a limited amount of copies distributed on the day of the event.

Lacanian Affinities Berlin
Lacanian Affinities Berlin (laLAB) is a group composed of many individuals with an affinity for the work of Jacques Lacan coming from a plurality of backgrounds and cultural origins. The group was founded by Leon Brenner in Stillpoint Spaces Berlin, and its many ventures include: academic seminars, workshops, artistic projects, community events, and more.

Music by Gal Kadan

The entrance to the event is free of charge.

Lacan Guided Reading Group \ Berlin

Dear readers,

I am happy to invite you to our new reading session starting Tuesday (29/05), 19:00, at our round table at Stillpoint Spaces, Berlin (66, Hobrechtstraße, 12047 Berlin). This time we are going to tackle a chapter from Lacan’s 11th seminar. This is exciting because the topic of “alienation and separation” is central in Lacan’s teaching (as well as fascinating), and also because we are going to read a seminar and not a printed paper for the first time. Seminar XI is one of the most “approachable” seminars provided by Lacan, and I hope we will enjoy reading it together.

Here is some information from the Facebook Event:

Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2118414028437706/

Jacques Lacan was a French psychoanalyst who has been regarded to as the most controversial psychoanalyst since Freud. Teaching in Paris in the 20th century, his ideas had a significant impact on post-structuralism, critical theory, linguistics, French philosophy, film theory, and clinical psychoanalysis up until this day.

In 1964, Lacan introduces the concepts of alienation and separation, indicating a break with his previous mapping of the unconscious. Introduced in his seminar as logical operators, they provide a deeper understanding of Freud’s notion of sexuality and the drives. Incorporating some of his most fundamental concepts such as “lack”, “object petit a”, and “jouissance”, Lacan’s account of alienation and separation provides one of his most comprehensive elaborations of human subjectivity.

Join us for our guided reading group, in which we will read the 16th chapter in Lacan’s Seminar XI: The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis, entitled: “The Subject and the Other: Alienation”.

The Format:
The reading will be done together as a group, and will be guided by Leon Brenner. No reading is required (nor recommended) before our gatherings. We are going to read the text slowly, trying to delve into each paragraph, deciphering Lacan’s unique style, and extracting very straightforward and non-metaphorical ideas. Other than leaning about the psychoanalysis of Lacan, we will also be learning how to read and tackle Lacan. We will read the English version of the text, but people capable of reading Lacan’s French are encouraged to bring the original French version. Make sure to come with a receptive and light-hearted mood – the goal is to enjoy this reading together (if we want to).

Groups will be held on Tuesdays (May 29; June 5, 12, 19, 26; July 10, 17, 24, 31), 19:00 – 20:30. More dates may be added during the process.

Hope to see you at our round table.

Leon

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