New: Lacanian Clinical Supervision Group in Berlin

Concurrent with our work in laLAB (Lacanian Affinities Berlin), this spring will mark the launching of the first semester of our Lacanian clinical supervision group. This group will provide therapists and clinicians who work with patients a place to discuss cases and provide each other with insights that are rooted in the Lacanian orientation. The… Continue reading New: Lacanian Clinical Supervision Group in Berlin

The Virus God and the Graph Curve

As a child, I was obliged to read and memorize the stories of the Old Testament. While I found a good deal of these stories to be boring and even incomprehensible (being written in ancient Hebrew), some did capture my imagination and were quite nerve wrecking and traumatic to read. These stories portrayed harsh relationships… Continue reading The Virus God and the Graph Curve

Lacan’s Gribouille

"The word is the murder of the thing" says Lacan. Even more so the written word, that is never truly "full," always lacking the subjective context and performative power incorporated in one's enunciative presence. Therefore, it comes with no surprise that reading Lacan's published seminars—while being usually quite engaging—lacks a certain presence that was only… Continue reading Lacan’s Gribouille

The Joker (explained?)

If you haven’t seen Todd Phillips’ The Joker (2019) you’ve probably heard something about it. Here’s a very brief synopsis (semi-spoiler alert): The film recounts the life of Arthur Fleck (played by Joaquin Phoenix), a comedian living in Gotham City, on the pathway to becoming the ultimate Batman villain—the Joker. Arthur is portrayed as a… Continue reading The Joker (explained?)

Lacan and his Animals

While Lacan's demeanor, and the general atmosphere in his seminars at the Sainte-Anne hospital, can be said to characterize a zoo, it is Lacan's explicit reference to animals that will be our main interest today. Being a loving dog owner himself (naming his beloved dog Justine after the eponymous sex slave of the Marquis de… Continue reading Lacan and his Animals

The Lacanian Real

One of Lacan's most intriguing conceptualisations is that of the "Real". Distinct from the "symbolic" and "imaginary" registers, the Real has been accompanying Lacan's teaching from the  very beginning - gaining centre stage in the later years of his seminars. But what is the Real? First of all, let us acknowledge that it is not… Continue reading The Lacanian Real