The Symptom refuses participation in the Profane world. The Art of the Symptom introduces the Sacred into this world in the form of an Object. And yet the current Symptom of Art prevents movement beyond the market or the institution. Theophany is divine invasion of extimacy. What does Performance have to do with Shamanism? What does Art have to do with Medicine? What lies beyond The Factory and Social Sculpture? The Salon as Clinic.
When it comes to psychosis - which is co-produced between the Subject and the Other ($ <> A) - the cure requires more than the treatment of the Psychiatrist or the neutrality of the Analyst. It requires the Analyst as Advocate ($ <>a/A) - the Analyst as object of speech where the Other fades. The Advocate - an invention of modern democratic law - is the one who speaks for. It would appear that this is the opposite of the analytic ethic but in the case of psychosis in which the voice has been absented, the analyst must join the ethic of listening with the consequent ethic of speaking for in relation to what has been heard. The practice of the analytic advocate is related to the Pass procedure which Lacan invented where the passeur advocates for the analysand to a jury. This practice is also related to that of the artist and poet: a test at the point of psychosis - a testament at the point of madness. Analytica will assemble a supreme court of experts on Psychoanalysis, Anti-Psychiatry, and Critical Legal Studies to hear testimony on the Clinic of Psychosis.
Presented by Analytica and the Nietzsche Circle
The Greek philosophers considered the art of their practice to produce a virile and preventive healing. Nietzsche sought to bring this “great health" back into the culture by means of the artist-philosopher who knows himself. In this sense he prefigured Freud’s psycho-analysis as method. In this event we will recreate the practice of the Greek Symposium in which the art of speech and thought is practiced within a certain ethic of the other: speaking from the first person to the second person in the presence of the third person. We will each speak of a philosopher who has transformed us and the audience will be invited to the table. This will be a unique kind of case study - what Nietzsche called the “fortuitous case” of singularity in which each of us will speak of our own case of self-analysis with regards to a philosopher who by doing so himself enabled us to follow. Thus the collective of philosophers - lovers of wisdom and the wisdom of love - comes to fulfill a new kinship and future name of the father.
Analytica & Nietzsche Circle
October 8 2016, 12-6 PM — NPAP
Freud proclaimed that he was afraid to read Nietzsche because he did not want to see his own ideas presented before him. Many considered Nietzsche the first “psychologist” while it was still part of the tradition of philosophy and there was no such a thing on an institutional level. Nietzsche’s work above all considers the individual and social psyche of modern man, yet few analysts study or incorporate his work. When Freud questions who could be the analyst of a neurotic society in Civilization and its Discontents, only Nietzsche comes to mind.
Jung devoted several years of his private seminar to Nietzsche but did not publish on it in his life time. Reich’s return to vitality and drive theory calls up Nietzsche, while Lacan’s work on the signifier retraces Nietzschean semiotics. Yet neither refer to him either. Why is Nietzsche taboo - and how did such a man unknown in his lifetime and proclaimed mad after become a core of the academic canon? Join us for a look at the unspoken connection between philosophy and psychoanalysis bridged by Nietzsche’s heroic journey.
12:00 - 1:30: Birth of Tragedy
Yunus Tuncel: Aggressivity in Nietzsche and Psychoanalysis
Jared Russell: Nietzsche and the Clinic
Daniel Coffeen: Turning Analysis Inside Out
1:30 - 2:30 Group Intensive
2:30 - 3:00 Break
3:00 - 4:30: Twilight of the Idols
Michael Vannoy Adams: Nietzsche, Jung, and Jungian Psychoanalysis
Robert Hockett: Father Holes and Superman Wholes
Scott Von: The Clinic of the Abyss
4:30- 5:30 Group Intensive
5:30 - 6:00 Reception
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The purpose of the “Psychoanalysis and the Occult” Project is to return to Freud’s work on the psychic domain - the work on “telepathy” originally left out of the Traumdeutung and his development of “psychic reality” emerging from his analysis of psychosis and the Schreber case - and to compare it with the work of Lacan, Jung, Reich, and others who sought to explore psychic causality and the occult from a logical perspective.
In the 1950s George Devereaux published a compilation of material on Psychoanalysis and the Occult. In this book he collates material from early psychoanalysts regarding occult, paranormal, and psychic phenomena surrounding the clinical practice of psychoanalysis. From the ample material included by Freud we can dispel the myth that Freud was not interested in the occult—rather he sought to approach it in a different way than Jung. Devereux’s book further points the question in the direction of anthropology, ethnography, and comparative psychiatry in general.
The “Psychoanalysis and the Occult” Project was initiated at Analytica in 2014 which since that time has held a series of events internationally. In this installment we will explore the transpersonal case material of psychoanalysis in intension and extension - that is of practicing analytic (analysand-analyst) dyads as well as of institutional dynamics - in order to demonstrate the necessity of expanding the form of the psychoanalytic school, clinic, and association for the future of analysis. We are inviting those who have a particular interest in this domain to participate in this important topic.
Entrance is free but limited due to the intimate format of the event.