New Semester at the Lacan Guided Reading Group: The Direction of Psychoanalytic Treatment

I am happy to announce our new reading seminar starting next week, Tuesday (20.8), 19h, at Stillpoint Spaces Berlin. This time we read one of Lacan’s notable papers printed in Écrits: “The Direction of the Treatment and the Principles of Its Power.”

Here is a short description of the seminar that you can find on the Facebook event:

Following the death of Sigmund Freud (1939), a growing chasm was already dividing the psychoanalytic community of the mid 20th century. Each faction, with its own elected leaders, attested to different perspectives as to the nature of psychoanalysis, its relevance to Freud’s work and the paths one is to follow in the development of the treatment.

In the midst of this heated debate, Jacques Lacan delivered his paper, “The Direction of the Treatment and the Principles of Its Power” (1958). Considered to be one of Lacan’s most straightforwardly written pieces, “The Direction of the Treatment” is a self-contained text that clarifies many of the themes presented in his seminars at the time (4-6). It is delivered as an intervention which defines Lacan’s position on the practicalities of psychoanalysis and explores several themes such as the function of interpretation, the power of transference, and the role of language, setting the bar for an ethics of psychoanalysis that adheres to Freud’s edifice.

This seminar will be the most “clinical” of the seminars in the Lacan Guided Reading Group yet. In it we will read a Lacanian text that is zealously addressed to clinicians situated at the intersection between ego-psychology, object-relation theory and Lacanian psychoanalysis. In this seminar we will address the centrality of the unconscious (structured like a language) in the analytic situation, the importance of the Symbolic in the experience of the subject and its unfolding in speech, the role of desire and, more specifically, the “desire of the analyst” in the direction of the treatment.

Format:
The reading of Lacan is done together as a group and is facilitated by Leon Brenner. No prior reading is required before our gatherings. We 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 learning about the psychoanalysis of Lacan, we will also be learning how to read Lacan—a challenge in itself. Make sure to come with a receptive and light-hearted mood—the goal is to enjoy this reading together (if we want to). Reading material will be provided in each session.

Group sessions will be held every Tuesday, 19:00 – 20:30. (Please come on time)

Address:
The entrance to The Lab of Stillpoint Spaces Berlin is directly from the street Hobrechtstraße 66 – front building, ground floor (Vorderhaus, EG). We kindly ask you to arrive at least 15 minutes before the official beginning of the reading group. Please, do not ring on any of the doorbells, as our colleagues might be having counselling sessions.

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All are welcome. Warmly,

Leon Brenner

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.