┐ Object on Screen └

still from Untamed Heart, 1993 II. Pleasure in Looking/Fascination with the Human Form A. The cinema offers a number of possible pleasures. One is scopophilia. There are circumstances in which looking itself is a source of pleasure, just as, in the reverse formation, there is pleasure in being looked at. Originally. in his Three Essays on Sexuality, Freud isolated scopophilia as one of the component instincts of sexuality which exist as drives quite independently of the erotogenic zones. At this point he associated scopophilia with taking other people as objects, subjecting them to controlling and curious gaze. His particular examples … Continue reading ┐ Object on Screen └

┐ The Shinning, “a film made by a bored genius” └

The Overlook Hotel. It was a great name for the snowbound setting of Stephen King’s novel, “The Shining,” and it remained an ominous moniker in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film adaptation. Now, thanks to Rodney Ascher’s documentary, “Room 237,” it’s a fitting echo of a document defined by an affection for, and scrutiny of, details which have been overlooked in the overall cultural interpretation of the horror classic. Subtitled “Being an inquiry into The Shining in 9 parts,” Ascher’s film is exactly that. Made up entirely of film clips (most from “The Shining,” some from other Kubrick films, even more from … Continue reading ┐ The Shinning, “a film made by a bored genius” └

┐ Gaëtan Gatian de Clerambault └

© Gaëtan Gatian de Clerambault, photographs taken between 1914 and 1918, while C was in Morocco recuperating from a war wound. “…consider the relation of this figure to the photographs taken by Clerambault. Does this historical fantasy of colonial cloth underlie his photographs? Do we see in them not, as some of them seemed earlier to suggest, a cloth defined by its utility but rather by the way it curtains off an inaccessible pleasure? There is some reason to believe that this is so, for we discover in Clerambault’s work the rudiments of just such a fantasy. Cloth was of … Continue reading ┐ Gaëtan Gatian de Clerambault └

┐ Otto Gross – Analysis and Radical Politics └

@ Monte Veritá “I have only mixed with anarchists and declare myself to be an anarchist,” Otto Gross said in 1913. “I am a psychoanalyst and from my experience I have gained the insight that the existing order … is a bad one. … And since I want everything changed, I am an anarchist” (Berze/Stelzer 1999, p.24)”. He was the first psychoanalyst to link analysis with radical politics and wrote: “The psychology of the unconscious is the philosophy of the revolution” (Gross 1913c). So, when Coline Covington recently wrote, “Analysis is essentially a tool for revolution (Covington 2001, p.331)”, she … Continue reading ┐ Otto Gross – Analysis and Radical Politics └

┐ Pat Brassington └

© Pat Brassington, Untitled, from the series Cambridge Road, 2007 © Pat Brassington, Untitled, from the series Cambridge Road, 2007 “In most of her ‘artist’s statements’ and the rare interviews in press, Brassington mentions her engagement with both surrealism and psychoanalysis. But there is no allegiance, no endorsement, no salute to the father. Everything is troubled in one way or another: from horror imagery that is violent and abject, through the hauntingly strange and uncanny, to the hideous, the hilarious and the banal. Brassington interrogates and extrapolates on the psychoanalytic in extreme ways: orifices exhale, threaten and protrude; the feminine … Continue reading ┐ Pat Brassington └

║ Sarah-Mace Dennis ║

© Sarah-Mace Dennis, Asylum Bathing Area #1, from the series Tracing the trail of the dead, 2004 © Sarah-Mace Dennis, Asylum Corridor #2, from the series Tracing the trail of the dead, 2004 «Hysteria, as the word suggests, was originally thought to emanate from the uterus and so was considered a specifically female malady. It is a condition that can, of course, overtake both genders, but tends to be associated with less sophisticated subjects and highly constrained, authoritarian contexts. In medieval times certain symptoms of hysteria (such as the loss of bodily sensation) were seen as direct proof of a … Continue reading ║ Sarah-Mace Dennis ║