1. I must have missed terry1's message
    and just looked up Tiepolo's St Agatha.

    Comment by sol 02.11.11

  2. Comment by sol 02.12.11

  3. There's a lurker – over to our left behind the column.
    Nice hats those lurkers wear – or should I speak of the particular one!
  4. Comment by sol 02.13.11

  5. Which would make the trio in the forefront..

    Comment by sol 02.13.11

  6. Yes sol, it took me a while to find your lurker but there he is behind/against the column. His hat is very nice, with a feather… the other two have nice hats as well, but they could be monster lurkers, provided they are the ones that executed the atrocious laceration—on such a young St Agatha

    Comment by admin 02.13.11

  7. but S.Peter will give her her breasts back. She is looking up, maybe at him — in the skies

    Comment by admin 02.13.11

  8. I have been doing a lot of work on addiction,eating behaviour,psychopathology and biologicial rhythms. The biological basis of these conditions are very well documented.A Lacanian reading of the conditions still apply but the actual understanding is enhanced and illuminated by a biogical reading as well.
    The dopamine hypotheses for an explanation of schizophrenia for instance is a good one but not a complete one

    Comment by terry1 02.13.11

  9. I love the 'cognitive complexity' of Lacanian theory and its beauty when applied.

    Comment by terry1 02.13.11

  10. Any views on Kant? 'Knowledge is a seamless goldne robe that we wear'

    Comment by terry1 02.13.11

  11. ' The heavenly stars above and the moral law within' Kant

    Comment by terry1 02.13.11

  12. Kant:' It has been my good fortune to have been married to philosophy. She has been a good wife'

    Comment by terry1 02.13.11

  13. Apologies for grammatical errors. When I upload the text it is written with order and loses its order on transmission in the upload.
    I'm trying to get words to'speak me' and language to 'talk me'
    Thanks to Perfume for correcting errors

    Comment by terry1 02.13.11

  14. Happy Valentine violet!

    Comment by sol 02.14.11

  15. Thank you Sol…. such a beautiful NICOLEDEXTRAS and her wardrobe with the pretty dresses

    Comment by violet 02.15.11


    Comment by violet 02.15.11

  17. It is very beautifully put, in Lacan's 'Freudian Unconscious and Ours' that the law of the signifier is the cause 'in the locus in which this gap is produced'

    That the precise feature of the unconscious, of discontinuity, does not appear against the 'background of a totality', that we do not need this closed one (1), (only the one of the rupture) but instead, and it is Heidegger like here, that the discontinuity, the opening, makes absence emerge, as the cry makes silence emerge as silence.

    But in this first paragraph, it does not say the signifier is the cause in the gap, but in the locus in which this gap is produced. What do you think of that?

    Comment by sol 02.25.11

  18. Blimey!
    Will get back to reading Lacan in due course, but proximity of my operation makes anything but light reading difficult.
    Have just looked at video clips of Zizek, Badiou and Josefina talking (In Dialogue 15.10.10) and was taken by Zizek's frequent reference to 'bullshit'
    not that Lacan is too often guilty of Lacanese!
    I really should keep quiet and look again at the above when my head is a little clearer!

    Comment by Chris Sands 02.25.11

  19. I think of John Cage's quote about zero - 'we forget that we must always return to zero in order to pass from one word to the next'

    Comment by sol 02.27.11

  20. Do we pass from one world to the next when the discourse changes?

    Maybe it was his sister pushing his green pram.

    Comment by sol 02.28.11

  21. 17 sol– such a wonderful definition of the famous "point de capiton" quilting point…?

    —we do change worlds when the discourse changes: when we fall in love the discourse changes.

    Comment by violet 02.28.11

  22. The reference to Cage made me think of Maurice Blanchot's day and night. Between day and exhausting dreams, the sound of gentle rain on flat roof above me

    Comment by Chris Sands 03.01.11

  23. this 'point de caption', this change of discourse, whose? the mind needs new noise and M.B's rain, there seems like an imminent collapse of all what oh.. the falling in love… the discourse changes when it feels like you're(I'm)killing me

    Comment by jampa 03.04.11

  24. hy violet!
    i guess you r one of my acquitance? would u email me?

    Comment by Shahriar Vaghfipour 03.12.11

  25. jampa– MBS Rain Oculus is what you mean…? tell us more before you get killed

    Comment by violet 03.16.11

  26. Oh my God… now I am afraid it was Maurice Blanchot's rain you meant… jampa, it is all very confusing

    Comment by violet 03.21.11

  27. The singapore sling

    Comment by sol 03.24.11

  28. Was able to google 'the singapore sling' but all very confusing!?

    Comment by Chris Sands 03.25.11

  29. MBS Rain Oculus I had to google – it's in Singapore?

    For some reason I always think of the words -singapore sling – when I hear 'Singapore'.

    And – being a delicious cocktail – and, Jampa being about to fling himself somewhere-
    I recalled our dinner party 'arrangement'

    and wrote the words to invite us to sup.

    I am pretty miserable myself and wouldn't mind a singapore sling.

    But what food will we have? And tunes?
    Can someone improvise for me?

    Comment by sol 03.26.11

  30. I have a problem with my mac at the moment. For some reason it decides to play (seemingly random) downloaded music from my iTunes library in the middle of films. Apart from which have just bought a shakuhachi. Have wanted one for about 30 years.

    Comment by Chris Sands 03.26.11

  31. shakuhachi is a japanese wooden flute? can you play it Chris?

    Comment by violet 03.28.11

  32. Once upon a time played similar notched flutes but don't think will be up to scratch in time for dinner party!
    These days listen to music only on car radio (sometimes) and at studio.

    Comment by Chris Sands 03.29.11

  33. Finally did it — put Lacanian Ink on facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lacanian-Ink/129658210419193

    Comment by violet 05.01.11

  34. Sol — Chris said it a while ago when his images started to appear in the symposium — that he was being hunted by his own image

    Comment by violet 05.01.11

  35. facebook..it's the gaze all over again..
    and again " " "
    (can an|y|o|one hear me (scream)?)

    Comment by sol 05.16.11

  36. But isn't all of art just some way of deflecting that gaze?

    Comment by Chris Sands 05.17.11

  37. Mmmm 17 May!
    Have I taken us into some kind of hole … and is it looking back at us?

    Comment by Chris Sands 06.20.11

  38. We seem to pause at the gaze or at the gaze and Facebook. Lacan talks about the gaze in seminar X1 particularly and for Lacan (I think), the gaze is always out there somewhere. Elizabeth Doisneau writes (In 'Cecilia, or No Name for the Worst'): "Lacan says it is the scoptic drive 'that most completely eludes the term castration". I recently came across interesting references to the gaze in Giorgio Agamben's 'What is the Contemporary' (Stanford Univ press 'Nudities'). He seems, on the one hand, to concur with the dazzling nature of Lacan's gaze, but he also draws it closer to the subject and to an 'I'.

    Having referred to Osip Mandelstam, Agamben writes : "The contemporary is he who firmly holds his gaze on his own time so as to perceive not its light but rather its darkness. All eras, for those who experience contemporariness, are obscure. The contemporary is precisely the person who knows how to see this obscurity, who is able to write by dipping his pen in the obscurity of the present. But what does it mean 'to see an obscurity' 'to perceive the darkness'?"

    Comment by Chris Sands 06.24.11

  39. Chris, do you remember the Aragon poem– in SEm. XI, Lacan starts 2 chapters with this poem. AS to say it in English

    "In vain your image comes to meet me
    And does not enter me where I am who only shows it
    Turning towards me you can find
    On the wall of my gaze only your dreamt-of shadow.

    I am that wretch comparable with mirrors
    That can reflect but cannot see
    Like them my eye is empty and like them inhabited
    By your absence which makes them blind"
    ARAGON –Fou d'Elsa: Elsa Triolet

    Comment by violet 06.25.11

  40. I remember the poem but have lost two books. The first was Aragon poems with Picasso prints (not replaceable) and the second is seminar X1, which I'll replace as soon as possible.
    Where's Sol?

    Comment by Chris Sands 07.05.11

  41. i think if we transpose the gaze through an inversion of the baudrillardian hyperreal then the object that becomes our mirror image is that which is too real to be real. Ultimately to Baudrillard reality wasn't real in and of itself. and so to take this to the end of its conclusion, ultimately without deconstruction we ourselves are no more real than the fairytales we read to our children…

    Comment by george 07.07.11

  42. Have posted something that relates to 'reading' in the symposium (next door).
    It's a long post, which perhaps (in some way) has to do with contemporary art, psychoanalysis and the net.
    Am still waiting for my replacement copy of seminar X1 – and hope to set up some kind of reading group locally, beginning with material from this seminar.

    Comment by Chris Sands 07.17.11

  43. Hi Chris, hello violet, How are you both?
    I'm hear (for some of the invocatory, to balance the gaze) just preoccupied.

    Here is a piece from John Berger, 'From A to X'

    Comment by Sol 07.18.11

  44. Mmmm about the gaze, but about dream too … (a dreamy gaze?) … in the study text referred to next door, JAM locates dreams in an interesting way.

    Comment by Chris Sands 07.18.11

  45. August in the messageboard

    Comment by Sol 08.30.11

  46. And now September.
    Am trying to start Lacan reading group in my off the beaten track location and have noticed there's lots going on
    in the Lacanian world 30 years after Jacques Lacan's death.

    Comment by Chris Sands 09.01.11

  47. I started my Seminar yesterday, in NYU, with chapter 9 of Seminar XI… the gaze is outside

    Comment by violet 09.14.11

  48. How I wish I'd been there! Boris Groys talks of a shift from aesthetics to poetics, which is also a shift from artwork to artist, but Lacan's emphasis on the gaze in seminar X1 seems also emphasis on the artwork as object a … and an aesthetics. With Groys, an aesthetics privileges the viewer, not the artist, whereas contemporary art (as a poetics) privileges a 'politics of production'.

    Comment by Chris Sands 09.15.11

  49. Hi Chris

    Nice to see you're still blogging and Violet. Because we can't see ourselves seeing the gaze is the thing in itself.

    Has anybody read Sonnet 113 lately. Shakspeare in his last couplet got it right so the blind can see…….'the most true mind makes tne eye untrue' Hope everybody is well.

    Comment by Terry1 09.17.11

  50. hello again Terry1
    Yes and will look again at seminarX1 chapter 9
    but what I have in mind is seminarX1 with Boris Groy's notion of a shift from aesthetics to poetics (in an age of digital reproduction).
    In the last few days, read some translation where a French analyst visits the Venice biennale and comes to the conclusion that much contemporary work sees artists somehow working in the real … and perhaps what BG calls a shift from aesthetics to poetics is movement from subject to the gaze (in the instance of seminar X1).
    But following Lacan, the insight might not be so much movement from aesthetics to poetics, but instead today the importance of a poetics with some aesthetics thrown in.
    In seminarX1 perhaps, the subject only sees when not blinded by the gaze.

    Comment by Chris Sands 09.19.11

  51. hello everybody…..?

    Comment by violet 09.27.11

  52. Hello Violet, looks good, but what's missing perhaps is top of page link to bottom.

    Comment by Chris Sands 09.27.11

  53. egg shell blue

    Comment by sol 10.04.11

  54. Just received today new book 'Lacan and addiction' (Karnac books) edited by Thomas Svolos, among others. Does anyone know of Lacan orientated material linking dementia and delusions?

    Comment by Chris Sands 10.05.11

  55. Re the above: Have to say Rik Loose 'administration of jouissance' ideas grab my attention again ('Modern symptoms and their effects as forms of administration' in Lacan and Addiction), so too his notion of a second, 'less light weight' version of foreclosure not linked to psychosis, which has bearing on readings of Joyce. The book has much to say re. 'contemporary symptoms' and work beyond addictions.

    Loose's essay makes reference to the work of psychologist Colin Trevarthen, 'Trevarthen shows that mothers – the speech, sound and rhythm she directs at the baby – is a universal phenomenon' and my question concerning dementia and delusions may begin to be answered when what might be considered 'delusional' with dementia has something perhaps to do with pleasurable speech or speech as jouissance, when we find a consistency at an early age as subjects of a signifier with rhythm.

    Comment by Chris Sands 10.09.11

  56. Hi Chris, There's a journal that has a title like Neuropsychoanalysis, it is edited I think by the man who did a reprint of Freud's On Aphasia..I can find that name if you want..anyway, about 5 years ago I read a few issues and there were quite a few papers dealing with organic brain damage. I recall reading one, from 'a' lacanian position, about a man with severe brain damage who, after a number of sessions where he had no memory of the place or the analyst, developed a transference (a delusion of kinds!). I think you might find something in that journal.

    Comment by sol 10.16.11

  57. Solms

    Comment by sol 10.16.11

  58. 'speak!' – an act,
    like a series of protests that don't have a unified thing to say..

    Comment by sol 10.29.11

  59. Sol, were you thinking of current protests (St Pauls, Wall Street …)?

    Comment by Chris Sands 11.01.11

  60. hi Chris, yes, I was, as well as the protests of the symptom
    and making spaces to Speak!

    Comment by Sol 11.01.11

  61. Good luck for tomorrow night Josefina, I'd like to be there.
    I actually find it one of the most difficult seminars.

    Comment by sol, aka Speak! 11.02.11

  62. At the moment, I keep going back to JA Miller concluding (in AT THE COLISEUM) that we might all be the symptom of someone else and if he's right, protests go back and back…

    Comment by Chris Sands 11.05.11

  63. Hello all, I'm a Master's student at Emory University, and I'm trying to figure out how to obtain permission to reproduce Lacan's image of the inverted bouquet experiment that appeared in Jacques Alain-Miller's translation of Seminar I. The image is available all over the internet, but is it under Creative Commons license? Or is there a way I can contact Jacques Alain-Miller to obtain his permission to reproduce the two images in my thesis? It's a hard experiment to understand without the visual.
    Thanks everyone!

    Comment by Shalini 11.15.11

  64. re. symptom and protests: Looked at Zizek talking to Occupy Wall Street on youtube and noticed way what he said was relayed by crowd, which happens elsewhere when someone addresses Occupy sites. It seemed I thought so much the return of the symbolic when the word was considered important. If the contemporary symptom has been let's party, with depression an inability to party, the Occupy spectacle favours depression, but also the return of the symbolic despite an insistence of the real.

    It's so quiet here, perhaps the VIRTUAL is in disgrace or needs voice and echo to survive?

    Comment by Chris Sands 11.19.11

  65. 75 and 62

    Comment by Chris Sands 11.26.11

  66. (aka Speak!)
    are the comments still numbered?

    Comment by sol 11.27.11

  67. Hello Sol, hope you are well.
    Comments aren't numbered but total is at top.

    Comment by Chris Sands 11.27.11

  68. Hi Chris,
    Hope you're well too.
    But then what do your numbers refer to? (75 and 62) I thought they must hark back to messages. 1975 1962??

    Comment by sol 11.28.11

  69. 1975 1962??

    Am reading Murakami's 1Q84 an ingenious title and huge novel in two volumes … could imagine it as relayed bedtime read at Occupy sites, which

    Comment by Chris Sands 12.01.11

  70. 76 is: It's still raining and first video text refers to having nothing in mind. Here and there, there's a push to having something to say. Not knowing what comes next is interesting perhaps, but pausing, just then, comes with your punctuation. You're not happy with something and collaboration is possible.

    67 might be: Something stops, it seems, when one form runs into another. So, I enjoy going to studio and one laptop photo-text runs into the next. There's comfortable pleasure but arteries clog up and I put this morning's empty coffee cup on floor next to bed. Thee coffees a day is perhaps the limit and sometimes I barely open my eyes.

    Comment by Chris Sands 12.08.11

  71. I remember rituals concerning numbers as a child and what they had to do with. They were avoided numbers and their avoidance was calculated to ward off unthinkable loss.

    Comment by Chris Sands 12.12.11

  72. I remember rituals concerning numbers as a child and what they had to do with. They were avoided numbers and their avoidance was calculated to ward off unthinkable loss.

    Comment by Chris Sands 12.12.11

  73. yes, like not stepping on the lines

    Comment by Sol 12.18.11

  74. Oh yes, but am more clumsy these days! It's almost Christmas, and I have a NEW YEAR WISH for 'the psychoanalytic world'. I have so much respect for JAM's orientation and know he makes a strong case for live sessions as a necessary minimal condition for psychoanalysis, but when contemporary art now speaks of art in an age of digital reproduction, I wonder what's sometimes meant by the notion 'psychoanalysis by other means'. In the context of an insistence on live sessions, 'psychoanalysis by other means' may seem an appealing but paradoxical notion.

    Comment by Chris Sands 12.21.11

  75. Happy Christmas and lots of love, Admin, Violet, Sol, Terry1 and all
    from Chris xxxx

    Comment by Chris Sands 12.24.11

  76. Happy Christmas to you Chris, and to Sol, Jampa, Terry1, and all…
    from Violet

    Comment by violet 12.27.11