Art And Lacan Symposium Archive



ARCHIVE - 08/29/09 - 12/16/09

  1. Allan Kaprow – YARD, 1959

    Comment by violet — August 29, 2009 @ 4:12 pm

  2. Is this reference to a tired cowboy?

    Comment by Chris Sands — August 30, 2009 @ 2:58 am

  3. just polka dots, CS, another way

    Comment by violet — September 1, 2009 @ 12:45 am

  4. those are toys

    Comment by lucky — September 1, 2009 @ 11:18 am

  5. Re Allan Kaprow’s tires (there is a NY show coming up),
    have pinched something from a text called ‘Loss, Lack and Repetition’ (Larval Subjects)
    linking tire with ‘torus’. Had in mind also, for some reason, references earlier in symposium to the ‘torso’ (first of all in a Greek sculpture and Rilke poem)

    ‘In his engagement with the torus, Lacan sought a model of desire– and he presented many different models in the ninth seminar –capable of illustrating this difference between loss and lack as it functions in desire, and that would avoid the perils of conceive desire in terms of the model of a sphere. It will be noted that the torus or inner tube contains two circles, an inner circle around an internal void– the “doughnut hole” –and the outer ring about this internal void. Lacan likens the tube surrounding the void to the domain of demand, and treats the internal void the tube encircles to desire. In his earlier work, Lacan had argued that demand is always a demand for love. We request a particular object from another or give a particular object to another, but in this exchange, it is not the object that is at stake, but the object as a carrier of the other’s love. In his essay “Signification of the Phallus”, Lacan remarks that desire is what remains when we subtract need from demand …’

    Comment by Chris Sands — September 3, 2009 @ 1:20 am

  6. Once upon a time, prompted perhaps by (Antonia’s reference to) the view from Lacan’s Baltimore hotel room, I put out a call for descriptions through a nearest window and I remember recently Sol’s reference to a ‘back garden’. It seemed an interesting Wacjmanian task, as we all peer through ‘different windows’, but I wonder whether we couldn’t do the same with language.
    Can it be a similar question?
    Can we say, in a simplified way, how language effects us?
    Do our words speak us or is there more to it than this?
    Can we say what language is for us?

    Comment by Chris Sands — September 5, 2009 @ 3:18 am

  7. Language for me CS is to start with a presence outside of me, an Other, where the subject will arise -don’t I want to embody that subject as well as the objet a coming from this Other, if only to trascend it… The Other is symbolic: language is communication,

    Comment by violet — September 6, 2009 @ 2:58 am

  8. Caught up today in a neighbourly dispute about the vicinity of drains, having been reading Jacques Alain Miller’s text ‘OF SEMBLANTS in the Relation Between Sexes’ (which is on the reading list for the Geneva NLS Conference). JAM talks about ‘having’ and ‘not having’ the phallus and ‘being’ as a solution to ‘not having’.
    To have the words or not have the words for something seems significant in a world where most people talk, but can ‘being’ also be a solution with language? Do our words sometimes speak us without there being a jouissance?

    Comment by Chris Sands — September 6, 2009 @ 4:59 pm

  9. that seems very well put violet even beautiful – touching or touched to some others..

    Comment by lucky — September 6, 2009 @ 7:00 pm

  10. where is Sol? I am missing Sol

    Comment by violet — September 7, 2009 @ 4:10 pm

  11. I feel sure Sol will be back in town soon.

    Found in a text by Maire Jaanus, a sentence I really like.
    ‘Only with the aid of the otherness of images and words can the object begin to be a subject’.

    This is part of a reflection on Sem 1 and the case of an autistic child. Am not familiar with Lacan’s first seminar, but is this also reference to Rosine and Robert Lefort’s ‘Birth of the Other’?

    Comment by Chris Sands — September 8, 2009 @ 3:34 am

  12. Hi,
    I’m still here a bit – but off again will be rarely online til later Oct.

    Maybe Mannoni too Chris? The child his illness and the others?

    Comment by sol — September 8, 2009 @ 8:53 am

  13. In his Conference VII – The topic of the Imaginary – following comments over a little girl that could be called autistic, Lacan says
    “She calls for nothing”
    In 58, in “The Direction of the Cure” he will discern between call and demand, “From the call to the Demand”, and goes on to talk about how to handle the demand in psychoanalysis

    Comment by violet — September 8, 2009 @ 2:25 pm

  14. This was a child who, for a while, had just one word – ‘wolf’, which is so extraordinary in itself.

    Comment by Chris Sands — September 8, 2009 @ 3:51 pm

  15. Autism/narcissism/the calling or the demand for recognition from the other.The drive knows nothing of this other?

    Comment by enda — September 8, 2009 @ 8:14 pm

  16. mean the object a of the always partial drives allows for no access to this never global other whom we all know too universally well without existence , missing , a re-tired other of narcotic mean (narcissistic-psychotic),autistic,artistic,
    a re-tired cowboy an autistic name,e.g.east clintwood the name without a man.

    Comment by enda — September 8, 2009 @ 8:31 pm

  17. j.a.m tells that Lacan divides the Freudian wish between demand and desire. He thus equates desire, arising from the signifier, with the metonymy of signification that results from the “being for another.”
    the object attaches subject to being through the fantasy,repetition,the bedrock the impasssibility of autisticnarcissism.

    Comment by enda — September 8, 2009 @ 9:01 pm

  18. I don’t think you can just equate autism and narcissism, when, with autism, there is possibly not yet a pond to look into.
    Don’t I have to have some relationship with the image that looks back – to be narcissistic?

    Comment by Chris Sands — September 9, 2009 @ 7:09 am

  19. Sometimes descriptions of autism seem to illuminate the human condition (and the ‘Courtil papers’ are exceptional I think), but at the time of Seminar one, was Lacan still thinking in terms of a Kleinian continuum (from something like paranoid-schizoid position to depressive position) or was he already thinking in terms of clinical structure and of differential diagnosis?

    Comment by Chris Sands — September 10, 2009 @ 3:07 am

  20. I meant was Lacan looking at a continuum between neurosis and Psychosis, but I didn’t mean was Lacan looking at a Kleinian continuum!

    Comment by Chris Sands — September 10, 2009 @ 12:07 pm

  21. I think with Lacan there isn’t a continuum between neurosis and Psychosis, rather psychosis was always there, from the outset… of course there is the outbreak, like in schizophrenia, and now you know of it. However there are neurotic traits with psychotics. if treated – the neurotic symptoms – psychotics can feel better

    Comment by violet — September 10, 2009 @ 12:58 pm

  22. Thank you, but am still thinking of that sentence (comment 11) which talks of an object beginning to be a subject,
    which is reference to the case of an autistic child and not to a jouissance turning towards desire

    Comment by Chris Sands — September 10, 2009 @ 2:08 pm

  23. Autism is multi-culturalism…ignorance does not imply a non relation nor is narcissism\autism an equation.

    Comment by enda — September 10, 2009 @ 6:46 pm

  24. the object cannot become the subject…..
    a pre-ontological being a metanarrative
    what can we say is the subject of cathexis in the metapsychology papers?

    Comment by enda — September 10, 2009 @ 6:58 pm

  25. What is this Enda, aphorisms from psycho-Tao?
    Autism is multiculturalism? well, maybe… what structure? linguistic?
    As to the subject-object… not even close

    Comment by rupert — September 10, 2009 @ 8:14 pm

  26. The fact that there are multicultural students With autism doesn’t mean Autism is multi-culturalism, I would say

    Comment by violet — September 10, 2009 @ 8:16 pm

  27. what structure? linguistic? …………………is there another?
    As to the subject-object… not even close
    the correct distance

    Comment by enda — September 10, 2009 @ 8:35 pm

  28. i think these ideas are thought provoking even if they might lead dummies to confusion, like me i meant. but i think psychosis can be thought provoking not just mumbo jumbo, i’m probably not alone it just seems like it sometimes.

    Comment by lucky — September 11, 2009 @ 12:06 am

  29. Will add some more from the text by Maire Jaanus (p.327, A Civilization of Hatred, Reading Seminars 1 and 2, Suny).

    “Robert is ‘acutely confused by his own self, the contents of his body, objects, children, and the adults who surround(ed) him’. His identification with objects is only beginning: the few objects that are part of his daily life are the symbols of the contents of his body. ‘The sand is the symbol of feces, the water that of urine, the milk that of what enters his body’. But even these few objects are not clearly differentiated for him and he does not distinguish his own physical persistence from theirs. They are he. And for this reason, they obsess him and are able to cause him to panic.”

    ‘A bit of sand fell on the ground, unleashing unbelievable panic in him. He had to gather up every last bit of sand, as if it was a piece of himself, and he howled – Wolf, Wolf!’

    ‘Robert is as yet the victim of the objects with which he identifies as his traumatized fear of body partitioning (an example of what Lacan calls later the fall of the object a) reveals) …’

    Comment by Chris Sands — September 11, 2009 @ 1:31 am

  30. photo of Rosine, Robert Lefort at

    Comment by Chris Sands — September 11, 2009 @ 1:52 am

  31. re 24 enda, do you mean the subject that cathects?
    the subject that occupies?

    Comment by sol — September 11, 2009 @ 10:28 am

  32. I do not seek I find
    Symbolic Lacan was fond of Picassos utterance regarding creativity
    later Lacan switched to his
    I do not find I seek
    there is no object prior to the subject
    the subject does not cathect
    somewhere along the road Freud confused the death of the organism with subject formation/ego consciousness
    the bedrock of castration resulting
    the never ending frustration of Kleinian relations and dynamic therapies
    n\or a being out of nothingness( existentialist creationist Other)
    but lacan on the subject\object the distance of so called late lacan
    his distance from the object consciousness is that distance from the abstraction called language that leads us to
    the psychotic ordinary or other particularity of each respective and evil tongue.

    Comment by enda — September 11, 2009 @ 12:13 pm

  33. My head is spinning!

    Comment by Chris Sands — September 11, 2009 @ 2:48 pm

  34. Autism is castrated auto-erotic-ism
    that is it only witnessed as domesticated
    retains the the child as innocent
    real repression
    Bleuler cut the erotic charge
    As he morally objected to libido theory of Freud
    in relationship to narcissism
    there is a mirror
    what is reflected is traumatic
    but psychchoanalysic understanding of structural relation
    may allow space for processing the threatening image
    that has prevented symbolisation
    as defence the child enjoys the autoerotic sensitivity to her own bodily secretions
    stimuli to protect herself from the threatening image of the other
    perverse auto-eroticism.

    Comment by enda — September 11, 2009 @ 5:35 pm

  35. “Autism is castrated auto-erotic-ism” …….Bleuler said that?

    Comment by violet — September 12, 2009 @ 12:09 pm

  36. Comment by Chris Sands — September 12, 2009 @ 2:59 pm

  37. catatonic schizophrenic

    Comment by violet — September 12, 2009 @ 3:13 pm

  38. It feels to me as if the from time to time editing (and archiving) of this site produces a particular sequence. Last time, the image at the top was a photo of Duchamp and friend playing chess prior to the opening of an exhibition. This time it’s Alan Kaprow’s tires, which can be (polka dot) knottings in true Lacanian style. Soon after, I wanted to ask a question about language (comment 6), then, it seems, the word or idea ‘autism’ slips away from Kaprow’s lost hoops …

    So, what about (how) language (effects us) and autism? If language has a veiling effect and I’m also thinking of something Sol says recently on the messageboard, does the word ‘autism’ prompt a covering up or cathexis? How are we to read the image above (74), without thinking of Lacan’s painting ‘the origin of the world’ and the covering up sequel?

    Comment by Chris Sands — September 13, 2009 @ 5:11 am

  39. the image above (74)? you mean the image above (37)?

    Comment by violet — September 13, 2009 @ 5:49 am

  40. yes, sorry

    Comment by Chris Sands — September 13, 2009 @ 5:51 am

  41. no violet
    that was me
    Freud and Jung spoke of auto-erotic-ism
    what I mean is Bleuler objected to Freuds libido theory
    so cut out the erotic
    shortened to aut-ism.

    Comment by enda — September 13, 2009 @ 11:06 am

  42. can you imagine” oh Jimmy ,yes my son he’s autoerotic uh hmm. we went to the park yesterday and the store today>”

    Comment by lucky — September 13, 2009 @ 12:49 pm

  43. ha ha!

    Comment by enda — September 13, 2009 @ 1:58 pm

  44. I had to read what you wrote a few times Lucky, thought it was a song

    Comment by Chris Sands — September 13, 2009 @ 2:28 pm

  45. Erotic jouissance is prior to auto-erotic jouissance, but is it prior to autism?
    as to the similarity with Courbet’s “the origin of the world’ and the covering up sequel… this image with the woman on a table is not pointing to a part body… I don’t think so

    Comment by violet — September 14, 2009 @ 12:15 am

  46. But she is the subject of the gaze.
    Her predicament (catatonic schizophrenia) adds to her vulnerability and my suggestion has to do with language, but also the topic of autism. It seems to me that in both instances, language is there (here) to do a Max Ernst; ie. to cover up the subject of the gaze.
    The suggestion also has to do with a wordy response to what may or may not have to do with autism. What Lacan says abut the gaze in Sem. X1 seems important in this respect. Courbet’s model has no head, and the image above has to do with a subject who’s subjectivity is diminished by the gaze.
    This reminds me of one of those Japanese ghost films, where the hero is covered in a calligraphy to protect against demons…
    ‘Wolf’ is also a talisman used by the autistic child (referred to in Sem 1) to defend against language

    Comment by Chris Sands — September 14, 2009 @ 3:26 am

  47. ha Lucky!
    ‘There must be a drug for that’
    (the check out chick suggests)

    Comment by sol — September 14, 2009 @ 8:01 am

  48. The autist functions as the gaze which ha s not been returned
    yes indeed Chris
    the function of a picture is to tame,to civilise
    the veil conceals the drive as lacking in representation
    the eye is made desperate by the gaze
    the subject is operating with its own loss disappearance,
    the effect of seperating from the Other
    in Encore i understand hat the mirror stages the subject as the gaze which has been lost in seperation
    the gaze here is th lost oject linking with the Other
    Richard Klein links this to object refinding
    “the object refound is an object connected to the nothing of the lost object as for instance in the schema of the veil”
    in the field of representation the object gaze is not assimilable
    it is outside discourse
    the object a destroys as in beavis and buttheadsimpotent sex and violence
    which call to mind another puerile rivalry
    lacans recalling of scene described by st augustine
    the gaze is jouissance not yet superegoic but capable of tearing the brother or anyother to pieces

    the gaze that is tears the brothr to pieces

    Comment by enda — September 14, 2009 @ 1:23 pm

  49. Wondering if end’a’ is aiming to put a stop’a’ in object ‘a’? something to applaud if so
    erupting from dormancy here as he/she has, triggering rupert’s gun no less
    and yes lucky, thought provoking all this for dummies like me.
    One of the luxuries of these pages is having the freedom to watch…

    Comment by jampa — September 16, 2009 @ 8:30 pm

  50. … and after a while to hear revolvers being cocked.
    There is a drive for/to/of ignorance and a Desire to dispel it. Each has its discourse, and there are discourses(entire lives) of the no-man’s-land in between, discourses of demand etc. As a dummy i’m not asking for a metalanguage but a way to understand the why of discourse(s), here for example, which often verge on the vain, futile or senseless and often enough, self consciously so. Or we choose silence. I know everyone feels this tension. Lacan’s Promethean metaphor for language- a choice between a conflagration and cooking is sort of helpful

    Comment by jampa — September 16, 2009 @ 9:05 pm

  51. end’a’
    object ‘a’
    w ‘a’ tch

    Comment by violet — September 17, 2009 @ 10:39 pm

  52. Ha pleased you’re on to that violet. And thankyou forever for your cookery. You’ve taught me a lot. I miss sol’s too

    Comment by jampa — September 18, 2009 @ 1:06 am

  53. I knew you would be there, w ‘a’ tching while I cooked — I never liked it to do the cooking by myself

    Comment by violet — September 18, 2009 @ 1:20 am

  54. Comment by violet — September 18, 2009 @ 1:32 am

  55. Are you talking to me?

    Comment by rupert — September 18, 2009 @ 12:46 pm

  56. again, while looking into a mirror at yourself, imagining a confrontation which would give you a chance to draw your gun…
    “You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me? Then who the hell else are you talkin’ to? You talkin’ to me? Well I’m the only one here. Who the fuck do you think you’re talking to?”

    Comment by violet — September 18, 2009 @ 10:33 pm

  57. I’m ready to shoot enda!

    Comment by rupert — September 19, 2009 @ 1:19 am

  58. jampa, did we provoke this? are you watching the shooting?

    Comment by violet — September 19, 2009 @ 8:38 pm

  59. takashi_murakami_My_lonesome_cowboy.jpg

    Comment by Chris Sands — September 20, 2009 @ 3:36 am

  60. oh yeah violet. Just waitin for the doors to the saloon at the other enda the street to swing open..
    ‘Broken English’? The song or the album? Love the song and the album is studded with gems. The best ever ‘Working Class Hero’ and ‘Why’dya Do It?’- the best swearin from a gal you never heard.
    Gorgeous sculpture Chris. In the words of a wistful valley girl used here on 3RRR as a station id… “They have Nick Cave dolls now? I waaaaaan’t one”! This murakami has a way with toxic kitsch.

    Comment by jampa — September 20, 2009 @ 8:36 pm

  61. cant post image sob sob.
    From a t-shirt
    “ninjas and pirates agree
    cowboys suck”

    Comment by jampa — September 20, 2009 @ 9:13 pm

  62. jampa – the instructions to put images up are at the top of this window… and if it doesn’t work just copy the link to the image and I’ll fix it – put it up

    Comment by admin — September 21, 2009 @ 1:42 am

  63. Comment by jampa — September 21, 2009 @ 4:38 am

  64. Please try perfume, before i fill this page with my autograph

    Comment by jampa — September 21, 2009 @ 4:48 am

  65. WOW…..jampa

    Comment by violet — September 23, 2009 @ 1:04 am

  66. Marlboro Man illustrates how it’s possible for a cowboy to become a ‘new meaning’ phenomena–a signifier points to an artifice: Marlboro Country, since it did not formerly exist and still it does not really exist…

    Comment by alice — September 27, 2009 @ 11:11 pm

  67. if we follow Zizek there is a quilting effect that occurs when a certain inversion takes place — it does not occur until “real” Americans start to identify themselves with the figure in the Marlboro advertisement– till America itself is experienced as Marlboro country.

    Comment by violet — October 1, 2009 @ 12:50 am

  68. I wonder how these sentences would sound in a Godard film

    Comment by Chris Sands — October 1, 2009 @ 3:10 pm

  69. CS— Arizona Jules?

    Comment by violet — October 2, 2009 @ 1:05 am

  70. Had to use net to find Arizona Jules.
    Saw Le Weekend too long ago at art school,
    but remember the car accident + handbag scene

    Comment by Chris Sands — October 4, 2009 @ 5:00 am

  71. I went to the net too, and was happy enough to find the traffic scene
    this is the link ——-
    so much like Cortazar’s novel La Autopista del Sur… who inspired who?

    Comment by violet — October 4, 2009 @ 11:24 am

  72. well you all inspired me!

    Comment by sol — October 5, 2009 @ 10:17 am

  73. null
    by The Yes Men

    Comment by violet — October 10, 2009 @ 1:33 pm

  74. IRA Q war ends
    no impassive fanaticism end
    alls well
    no eros
    no auto-thanatisism
    no frottage of jouissance

    in autism

    Comment by enda — October 12, 2009 @ 8:57 am

  75. Sometimes all is quiet here, next door and in the forum, as if a series of conversations run out of steam.
    Will use what I imagine to be a lull in proceedings to bring in the sinthome with quotes from ‘Lacan’s Analytic Goal: le sinthome or the feminine way’ written by Paul Verhaeghe and Frederic Declercq (in ‘Reinventing the Sympton, edited by Luke Thurston).

    ‘The identification of the subject with the object a not only replaces this Symbolic suppletion with a more stable, Real one, but has in addition creative effects: the jouissance of one’s own drives creates the ‘Other gender’. To be sure this Other is a fiction, but it is a fiction that does not turn the subject into a dupe because he has created it by himself, based on his particular way of jouissance. Lacan calls this self-created fiction a sinthome: a particular signifier that the three registers of the Real, the Symbolic and the Imaginary into a particular sexual rapport. ‘That which I have defined for the first time as a sinthome, is what permits the Symbolic, the Real and the Imaginary to be kept together … On the level of the sinthome, there is a relationship … There is only a relationship where there is a sinthome’.

    The quotes from Lacan are from seminar 23

    Comment by Chris Sands — October 17, 2009 @ 4:36 am

  76. ps.
    end of 4th line of quote should read – ‘a particular signifier that knots the three registers …’

    Comment by Chris Sands — October 17, 2009 @ 4:40 am

  77. Comment by Chris Sands — October 17, 2009 @ 4:47 am

  78. Pierre-Gille Gueguen is in NY these days, on account of the Clinical Studies — he spoke at the Work Space (ex Dia Art Foundation) last Friday…
    gossip: Gueguen told about the Duchamp painting projected on the background how it was rejected in Paris, the artist overcome with grief moved to the USA… in no time the actual painting was raised to glory together with the artist’s ineffable fame

    Comment by violet — October 19, 2009 @ 2:40 am

  79. you’re big on the gossip nowadays violet.
    Gossip, it’s an interesting thing, perchance.
    It’s in the details isnt it?

    Comment by sol — October 19, 2009 @ 8:04 am

  80. hot gossip: Sarah Lucas separated Darian Leader… is somebody torn apart in the look of Tracy Emin, Sarah Lucas closest friend?

    Comment by violet — October 19, 2009 @ 10:55 am

  81. I am big on the gossip Sol…? you mean my gossiping, or other gossiping about me?

    Comment by admin — October 20, 2009 @ 3:58 am

  82. The word gos-sip is interesting in itself, a hint of ancient Greece (perhaps) … sipping the juice of cobwebs on Mount Olympus… ?
    But I wonder if gossip has anything to do with dream worlds or better still, dreams in analysis?
    In my dream last night, I was travelling with a woman who eventually dumps me in A, a city not far from the mountain of the gods.
    When I asked friends where she was, they told me she’d gone (with a girlfriend) to I, a Mediterranean island famous for its nightclubs.
    Waking, I felt angry, but consoled as I rarely go anywhere in my dreams …

    Comment by Chris Sands — October 20, 2009 @ 4:56 am

  83. well it seems it was over before it had barely begun for Lucas and Leader and CS and the mysterious nightclubber.

    In my town you often hears news, even about yourself, before you even know of it yourself.

    (It’s you, your own gossip violet, though I’ll keep my ears open and let you know if I hear anything thrilling or otherwise about you).

    Comment by sol — October 20, 2009 @ 7:06 am

  84. Artist Nancy Spero died this week.
    Some of her paintings at

    Comment by sol — October 20, 2009 @ 7:19 am


    Comment by violet — October 20, 2009 @ 9:26 am

  86. (Any rate) I like Darian Leader and Sarah Lucas

    Comment by Chris Sands — October 20, 2009 @ 4:08 pm

  87. next week –NY nov 5– we have Tracy Emin’s “Nothing Touches” – and this is Sarah Lucas’ very close friend

    Comment by violet — October 26, 2009 @ 1:46 am

  88. Good old Tracy!

    Found some interesting sentences towards the end of ‘the Art of Shrinking Heads’ by Dany-Robert Dufour:

    ‘We are in much the same position Descartes found himself in Amsterdam in 1631, a few years before he wrote Le Discours de la Methode: ‘In this great city where I am living, with no man apart from myself not being involved in trade, everyone is so intent on his profits that I could spend my whole life without being seen by anyone’ (Descartes 1953:941). Descartes, being a man who could remain calm in the most desperate situations, is the theoretical character we need here; when everybody else feels obliged to be involved in trade, he enjoys ‘complete freedom’.

    Comment by Chris Sands — October 30, 2009 @ 4:39 am

  89. I like it here! Aaaaaah he peace and quiet of the symposium!
    When I tried to use a lozenge next door in the messageboard, I’d read something JAM said (in the latest LacInk) about talking against a position, after Lacan (many times) talked against Lacan. So mixing ‘lathouse’ and contemporary art (via that lozenge) was inspired by a need to dig myself out (of a dubious position).
    But alas, the lozenge (that never was) can’t keep lathouse and contemporary art apart and any new argumentative, possible object a slips towards the debris of Angelus Novus …
    I don’t have much internet access where I am and haven’t got a copy of LacInk avec moi, so can’t do justice to JA Miller’s argument. Sorry!

    Comment by Chris Sands — November 10, 2009 @ 3:09 pm

  90. where is it where you are, without internet access, without Lacanian Ink…?

    Comment by violet — November 13, 2009 @ 10:26 am

  91. Dear VIolet, am a long way from home receiving 7 weeks hospital treatment, but staying in a posh hotel paid for by my health authority. I suppose this is a variant on what On Karawa is sometimes want to say. I fortunately have the latest LacInk with me (it’s always a pleasure) but there is no Internet access on the 11th floor and I’m resorting to ipod communication…

    Comment by Chris Sands — November 13, 2009 @ 2:43 pm

  92. (extra bit) if iPod is one way of beginning to say something about the possible meanings of “lathouse”, then there are also consolations…

    Comment by Chris Sands — November 13, 2009 @ 3:11 pm

  93. it seems a little crossed as a lathouse because you can do thinds on it that might not be a lathouse, is my reasoning..

    Comment by looky — November 13, 2009 @ 5:03 pm

  94. my dear friend, hospital situations happen to get imposed on us, and there is not much else to do than go through them… and you have a choice to refuse treatment, but who wants to hear about the consequences… best wishes for your very prompt recovery!

    Comment by violet — November 13, 2009 @ 10:52 pm

  95. You are loved here Chris. Be well Love, jampa

    Comment by jampa — November 14, 2009 @ 4:30 am

  96. thank you…
    In fact it’s been a year of ‘health issues’, but I think there’s much to pick up in these situations. What’s now ‘present treatment’ involved much deliberation, surprise and shock, periods of debilitating anxiety – and now a ‘new world’, meeting others going through something similar.
    Serious health problems bring about many changes. I see a Lacanian in London when I can, but am playing catch up, assessing changes that touch my work (as artist or therapist) and life. Mortality is very much a part of Lacanian practice, but there are times, perhaps, when the moment (or the moment of our mortality) seems pressing.
    Is this something ‘imposed’ on me or not? I don’t know.
    Sometimes ‘work’ prompts something new – and sometimes life seems to prompt changes in every respect.

    To take up On Karawa’s challenge, I should say ‘I’m okay but inevitably things seem a little strange sometimes’.

    Comment by Chris Sands — November 14, 2009 @ 5:52 am

  97. I tried to find a picture of On Karawa,
    but instead found a picture from recent exhibition

    Comment by Chris Sands — November 14, 2009 @ 6:03 am

  98. In fact the link above produces a sequence of 9 images.

    Comment by Chris Sands — November 14, 2009 @ 6:07 am

  99. which is good to see the perspective of the work…

    Comment by violet — November 14, 2009 @ 5:24 pm

  100. I am not allowed to go to that page it says.. and looking it up only revealed settlements/ or territories/ witch is at the forfront of my skull

    Comment by lackywill stop — November 14, 2009 @ 5:49 pm

  101. “Is this something ‘imposed’ on me or not? I don’t know”
    I tend to think the question to answer your question could be……… is this circumstance your choice?

    Comment by violet — November 15, 2009 @ 1:07 pm

  102. Illness will sometimes seem like something terribly imposed, but there are many dimensions here. Beyond something shocking and the anxiety that follows a shocking time, there was finding a little equilibrium in my case, which involved wanting to spend time working on a few old and new projects. I don’t know whether these dimensions constitute a circumstance or my circumstanes, but i may be able to say more later

    Comment by Chris Sands — November 15, 2009 @ 2:32 pm

  103. Added to the above, there are assumptions here concerning healthcare which are not shared in the US, although I know there seem to be moves in the right direction over there

    Comment by Chris Sands — November 15, 2009 @ 2:57 pm

  104. I have just caught up with teh yellow side of things
    and find you ill again Chris. Best wishes if you are not
    already through the worst..take care

    Comment by sol — November 17, 2009 @ 7:35 am

  105. thanks Sol

    Comment by Chris Sands — November 17, 2009 @ 9:58 am

  106. you down from the 11th floor yet Chris?

    Comment by sol — November 20, 2009 @ 7:23 am

  107. CS — I think we are all waiting to know if you are down from the 11th floor, even if we don’t know what it means?

    Comment by volet — November 23, 2009 @ 4:22 am

  108. ! See Chris’s message no. 91 violet

    Comment by sol — November 23, 2009 @ 5:31 am

  109. Well, monday to friday am staying on the 11th floor of a Southampton hotel.
    In between times, I fly home, but not from the eleventh floor

    Comment by Chris Sands — November 23, 2009 @ 12:43 pm

  110. Best wishes

    Comment by sol — November 24, 2009 @ 5:28 am

  111. CSS – how is it going?

    Comment by violet — November 26, 2009 @ 3:09 am

  112. A surprising time!
    Ten minutes treatment per day for seven weeks finishing New Years eve.
    Hope to see my analyst next week, but difficult to talk about this time here.
    Something seems to have happened (or be happening) which goes beyond sickness and treatment …

    Comment by Chris Sands — November 27, 2009 @ 4:04 am

  113. It sounds like a very good idea that next week you see your analyst, Chris…

    Comment by violet — November 27, 2009 @ 5:20 pm

  114. possibly, some poppies for Chris from the symposium..

    Comment by sol — November 29, 2009 @ 4:04 am

  115. Sol, I saw your lovely flowers, but when I tried to put them up they disappeared into a little square that says BANWITH EXCEEDED

    Comment by admin — November 30, 2009 @ 2:20 am

  116. !

    Comment by sol — November 30, 2009 @ 5:33 am

  117. Soooool, tell me what to do, I feel so bad the flowers got lost

    Comment by volet — November 30, 2009 @ 6:31 am

  118. Found these on a pavement

    Comment by jampa — November 30, 2009 @ 12:51 pm

  119. seems, unless perfume can rescue them, i didn’t. In a world of evaporative images

    Comment by jampa — November 30, 2009 @ 1:46 pm

  120. Chris — wait till I find Sol’s beautiful, evaporative ones — still to come.

    Comment by admin — November 30, 2009 @ 3:43 pm

  121. These flowers are nice.
    What do you need when youre in hospital?
    Messages and visitors I think.

    It must be hard having treatment every day
    and it must be serious. I hope you’re feeling
    okay Chris and do you have a good novel
    to read?

    Comment by sol — November 30, 2009 @ 10:38 pm

  122. Am in hotel not hospital (and it’s radiotherapy outpatient treatment).
    The prognosis is good at the moment, but (this year) am caught up in endless rounds of tests, treatment etc and will be for a while.
    Thanks for all the flowers, but am leading a more or less normal life and will be going up to London tomorrow.
    I just have to be careful not to overdo things because am likely to feel side effects if I do.
    Something like this brings about many changes for work and life, but change brings about new sensitivities, much new thinking and future challenges.

    Comment by Chris Sands — December 1, 2009 @ 4:48 am

  123. one admires your equanimity chris. a few years ago i went through treatment for a life challenging illness
    chemo, radio, surgery
    the masters told me to drink other’s sadness, sin, pain
    through a straw
    to take it with me wherever i was going
    i’m alive
    and here to annoy you amd your bastard mates

    Comment by jampa — December 1, 2009 @ 6:39 am

  124. thank you dearly for the reminder

    Comment by jampa — December 1, 2009 @ 6:42 am

  125. I want to revise what I said before …
    I said, in some way, I couldn’t begin to describe present experiences.
    Then the thought is; something’s always possible here, but it involves a willingness to talk or write personally in a place where this sometimes happens.
    Is this what the best of contemporary art also does?
    Despite a preoccupation with jouissance these days, art talks to the subject, reminds the subject of possible subjectivity…
    Was very impressed by the work of Miroslaw Balka at the Tate Modern…

    Comment by Chris Sands — December 4, 2009 @ 7:32 am

  126. That’s so interesting Chris, for me, given i’ve been wondering about the lugubrious subject and its subjectivity and its opening to a closure upon a syntax, a n idiom which enshrouds and kills it… a death defying giving way to the harmonics of elegy… we need to trap the opening,… trap it open

    which opens
    Glad you get up town to view some art. Hope you’re making some

    Comment by jampa — December 4, 2009 @ 12:20 pm

  127. Miroslaw Balka

    Comment by admin — December 5, 2009 @ 11:59 pm

  128. I wonder if Lacan were alive he’d not have purchassed this and masked it, as he he did with some 19thc erotica, with a simulacrum? Or offered some blah about the lure or perhaps in the death here of phallic jouissance theres some recourse to S1? Feeling shrunken before the light

    Comment by jampa — December 6, 2009 @ 1:52 pm

  129. That erotica was Courbet’s “Origin of the World”, jampa, and the one to do the simulacra André Masson, his brother in law – married to Rose Macklés, sister of Sylvia Macklés, who in turn married George Bataille, from whom she divorced to marry Jacques Lacan…. Now I wonder how the Miroslaw Balka is called.

    Comment by violet — December 7, 2009 @ 4:06 am

  130. “The ligh of the lost one’ maybe ‘don’t worry, down thr hall

    Comment by jampa — December 7, 2009 @ 4:59 am

  131. I think with this artist’s work it’s worth doing a little research (on net perhaps) to get a sense of what it might be. At the Tate Modern, I noticed a film (about 30 minutes long) that serves as an introduction to Miroslaw Balka’s work. Afterwards I made the connection to the very large work in the Turbine Hall. This artist finds a way to respond to environment and history in a personal and subject to subject way, which is rare, I think, in the world of contemporary art.

    Comment by Chris Sands — December 7, 2009 @ 9:17 am

  132. sorry, but the two last messages got erased by accident

    Comment by admin — December 10, 2009 @ 2:50 am

  133. ‘The light of the lost one.” like in the light of the prodigal son? or the light of “the dupes” to put in Lacan terms
    It is all a question

    Comment by violet — December 10, 2009 @ 5:31 am

  134. The question might be: what is possibly lost?

    Comment by Chris Sands — December 10, 2009 @ 6:16 am

  135. In fact, the artist mentioned above responds to this question and to moments of a history that will never go away

    Comment by Chris Sands — December 10, 2009 @ 6:22 am

  136. such as … two examples please..

    Comment by locky — December 10, 2009 @ 6:34 pm

  137. Lucky think you have to do the work. Above is just one art worker responding to another. Some work pushes passed theory and examples I think. Hope this doesn’t sound vague

    Comment by Chris Sands — December 11, 2009 @ 3:55 am

  138. no not too vague, and thanks . i thought it sounded too demanding anyway to request such a thing. I am serious too- not facetious.

    Comment by locky — December 11, 2009 @ 6:26 am

  139. ‘Much of what I do is about falling down, and about gravity,’ Balka says

    Comment by violet — December 12, 2009 @ 6:13 am

  140. Oh, that reminds me of a child who used to hold
    onto a blade of grass when she was sitting on the ground
    sometimes to avoid falling up and off the earth.
    She couldn’t be sure that gravity would apply to
    her at those times

    Comment by sil — December 12, 2009 @ 7:37 am

  141. i first saw ‘ much ado about nothing”

    Comment by locky — December 12, 2009 @ 7:55 am

  142. gravity – nothing – a comedy

    Comment by sil — December 12, 2009 @ 8:28 am

  143. Gravity and contemporary art reminds me of Eva Hesse, but now so too Miroslaw Balka, but it’s a very different gravity

    Comment by Chris Sands — December 15, 2009 @ 4:40 am

  144. from “The Estate of Eva Hesse”

    Comment by violet — December 15, 2009 @ 9:10 am

  145. Violet, do you know her paintings?

    Comment by Chris Sands — December 16, 2009 @ 5:35 am