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We're Off The Deep End, Now
The Lacanian Review


In 2018, a man and a woman remade a movie in an attempt to circumscribe again what cannot be said of the sexual real. Bradley Cooper directed and starred with Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born, the fourth revision in a musical romance series that began in 1937. The closer one looks at the 21st Century... [Read More]
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In 2018, a man and a woman remade a movie in an attempt to circumscribe again what cannot be said of the sexual real. Bradley Cooper directed and starred with Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born, the fourth revision in a musical romance series that began in 1937. The closer one looks at the 21st Century... [Read More]

Artists on Andy Warhol
Dia Art Foundation Publication Series


Artists on Andy Warhol is the third installment in a series culled from Dia Art Foundation’s Artists on Artists lectures, focused on the work of Andy Warhol. This small-format book delves into the artist’s oft-quoted phrase: “If you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface: of my paintings and films and me, and there I am. There’s nothing behind it.” Artists on Andy Warhol breaks down this iconic phrase to investigate Warhol’s relationship with art, culture, language, and race with essays that examine the significance of halftones and shadows and look to sources such as Ralph Ellison and Jacques Lacan... [Read More]
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Artists on Andy Warhol is the third installment in a series culled from Dia Art Foundation’s Artists on Artists lectures, focused on the work of Andy Warhol. This small-format book delves into the artist’s oft-quoted phrase: “If you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface: of my paintings and films and me, and there I am. There’s nothing behind it.” Artists on Andy Warhol breaks down this iconic phrase to investigate Warhol’s relationship with art, culture, language, and race with essays that examine the significance of halftones and shadows and look to sources such as Ralph Ellison and Jacques Lacan... [Read More]

Pay Attention Mother Fuckers
The Lacanian Review


I am writing while on American Airlines 10:30 am flight 2521 from New York City to Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, on the morning of 9/11, 2018, a Tuesday coincidentally. The outdoor temperature upon take off is 74˚. This is the only unbroken time I have to write, a condition not inappropriate to the Urgent! theme of this Lacanian Review. I am writing on my fidget spinner, otherwise known as an iPhone. In a surreal, contingent occurrence, before I boarded the plane, an interval unwound in which the mad world, or a recess of it, came to a sudden, breathtaking halt. While at New York’s LaGuardia airport, in line, one body... [Read More]
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I am writing while on American Airlines 10:30 am flight 2521 from New York City to Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, on the morning of 9/11, 2018, a Tuesday coincidentally. The outdoor temperature upon take off is 74˚. This is the only unbroken time I have to write, a condition not inappropriate to the Urgent! theme of this Lacanian Review. I am writing on my fidget spinner, otherwise known as an iPhone. In a surreal, contingent occurrence, before I boarded the plane, an interval unwound in which the mad world, or a recess of it, came to a sudden, breathtaking halt. While at New York’s LaGuardia airport, in line, one body... [Read More]

SHEAR \ ALL \ DONE \ AGAIN
Cheryl Donegan: GRLZ + VEILS
Aspen Art Museum


What happenstance, what happiness, to have discovered in the homophonic equivocation of the syllables that drop from the dissection of an artist’s name— shear, all, done, again—the constitutive and heretical parts of her practisse! ... [Read More]
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What happenstance, what happiness, to have discovered in the homophonic equivocation of the syllables that drop from the dissection of an artist’s name— shear, all, done, again—the constitutive and heretical parts of her practisse! ... [Read More]

The License to Silence
The Lacanian Review Online


The artist precedes the activist. On August 29, 1952, at the Maverick Concert Hall south of Woodstock, New York, “pianist David Tudor sat down at the piano on the small raised wooden stage, closed the keyboard lid, and looked at a... [Read More]
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The artist precedes the activist. On August 29, 1952, at the Maverick Concert Hall south of Woodstock, New York, “pianist David Tudor sat down at the piano on the small raised wooden stage, closed the keyboard lid, and looked at a... [Read More]

At the end of the day
Strange Attractor


As I write, September 6, 2017, this is a The New York Times headline: “U.S. Ends Program Giving ‘Dreamers’ Legal Protection”. Trump has urged congress to pass a replacement program before the protections guaranteed by... [Read More]
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As I write, September 6, 2017, this is a The New York Times headline: “U.S. Ends Program Giving ‘Dreamers’ Legal Protection”. Trump has urged congress to pass a replacement program before the protections guaranteed by... [Read More]

The Trumpet That Tweets
The Lacanian Review Online


I spent Thanksgiving off-the-grid in Far West Texas, where my Republican neighbors informed me that the President-elect is being referred to as the Trumpet. Many Christian fundamentalists apparently believe Donald Trump is the last of the... [Read More]
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I spent Thanksgiving off-the-grid in Far West Texas, where my Republican neighbors informed me that the President-elect is being referred to as the Trumpet. Many Christian fundamentalists apparently believe Donald Trump is the last of the... [Read More]

The Lone Wolf All Alone
The Lacanian Review Online


Waking up Sunday morning, June 12th, confronted by the barrage of news about a mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando called Pulse, one immediately encountered an abundance of conflicting information but a lack of coherent ... [Read More]
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Waking up Sunday morning, June 12th, confronted by the barrage of news about a mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando called Pulse, one immediately encountered an abundance of conflicting information but a lack of coherent ... [Read More]

"Summer Days" by Georgia O'Keeffe
Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection


In coming upon “Summer Days”, we are immediately confronted to an object, a skull, a remainder. And to silence; I can “hear” the high noon stillness of the desert, sun in my eyes, the skull as an afterimage, a mirage. And yet I’m confounded. Shouldn’t this thing, this bone, sun-bleached and sanded, be found at my feet, not elevated above me, floating, noble and majestic, as a cipher? By what fantasmatic turn, magical or shamanistic alchemy, does this litter, the remains most likely of a violent event... [Read More]
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In coming upon “Summer Days”, we are immediately confronted to an object, a skull, a remainder. And to silence; I can “hear” the high noon stillness of the desert, sun in my eyes, the skull as an afterimage, a mirage. And yet I’m confounded. Shouldn’t this thing, this bone, sun-bleached and sanded, be found at my feet, not elevated above me, floating, noble and majestic, as a cipher? By what fantasmatic turn, magical or shamanistic alchemy, does this litter, the remains most likely of a violent event... [Read More]

Why "The Revenant" Is Relevant
The Lacanian Review Online


I saw The Revenant after returning to New York City from the desert. Although I was there without devices for only a week, back on the grid I was thrown by the ubiquity of and addiction to the lathouses. The cinema provided no escape. ... [Read More]
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I saw The Revenant after returning to New York City from the desert. Although I was there without devices for only a week, back on the grid I was thrown by the ubiquity of and addiction to the lathouses. The cinema provided no escape. ... [Read More]

Marjorie Keller's "Daughters of Chaos"
Cheryl Donegan: "Scenes and Commercials"


I’d like to thank Cheryl for introducing me to the work of Marjorie Keller, and allocating a panel to her work in the context of her own, prescient show here at the New Museum. As a son, I know a thing or two about mothers, and as a multi-disciplinary artist, there are two or three things I know about... film.... [Read More]
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I’d like to thank Cheryl for introducing me to the work of Marjorie Keller, and allocating a panel to her work in the context of her own, prescient show here at the New Museum. As a son, I know a thing or two about mothers, and as a multi-disciplinary artist, there are two or three things I know about... film.... [Read More]

SCARJO: The Woman as Speculative Fiction
Culture & Psychoanalysis


The synopsis for Lucy on the Internet Movie Database reads: “A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic” [italics added]”. (1) In the chapter “Knowledge and Truth” in Seminar XX, On Feminine Sexuality, The Limits of Love and Knowledge, from 1972-1973, Jacques Lacan states, “I am willing to accept the notion... [Read More]
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The synopsis for Lucy on the Internet Movie Database reads: “A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic” [italics added]”. (1) In the chapter “Knowledge and Truth” in Seminar XX, On Feminine Sexuality, The Limits of Love and Knowledge, from 1972-1973, Jacques Lacan states, “I am willing to accept the notion... [Read More]

A Wreck / Erect
“What I Know About Penises” by Shelly Silver


It was contingency, the fortuitous timing of Shelly’s invitation, as well as a passage or two in her book, that prompted the nature of my testimony tonight, which admittedly may be better suited to a more vain discourse, but here goes: I have had periodically since I was eighteen a repeating nightmare in which I’m awake but paralyzed, unable to escape or retaliate ... [Read More]
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It was contingency, the fortuitous timing of Shelly’s invitation, as well as a passage or two in her book, that prompted the nature of my testimony tonight, which admittedly may be better suited to a more vain discourse, but here goes: I have had periodically since I was eighteen a repeating nightmare in which I’m awake but paralyzed, unable to escape or retaliate ... [Read More]

"Macho Man Tell It To My Heart"
Artists' Space


What struck me immediately upon re-watching Target City Hall nearly twenty-five years after having helped to make it was not only how vehemently it transmits the stakes of the AIDS crisis in 1989 but how successfully as a work of... [Read More]
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What struck me immediately upon re-watching Target City Hall nearly twenty-five years after having helped to make it was not only how vehemently it transmits the stakes of the AIDS crisis in 1989 but how successfully as a work of... [Read More]

The Zombie Epidemic:
A Hypermodern Version of the Apocalypse

Culture & Psychoanalysis


“We came to put a wreath on father’s grave” is how a character describes her purpose in the opening scene of George Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead”, the 1968 film that unleashes the zombie of the hypermodern era. Shambling, not ... [Read More]
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“We came to put a wreath on father’s grave” is how a character describes her purpose in the opening scene of George Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead”, the 1968 film that unleashes the zombie of the hypermodern era. Shambling, not ... [Read More]

"Inland Empire": A Hole In Horror
What Lacan Knew About Women: The Miami Symposium


In David Lynch’s 2006 film Inland Empire, an actress wins the lead role in film about a love affair. The plot of this film-within-a-film is echoed in the life of the actress when she and her male co-star have a clandestine affair. During the first ... [Read More]
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In David Lynch’s 2006 film Inland Empire, an actress wins the lead role in film about a love affair. The plot of this film-within-a-film is echoed in the life of the actress when she and her male co-star have a clandestine affair. During the first ... [Read More]

"We Need To Talk About Kevin": Inconsistency and the Act
Culture & Psychoanalysis


I received this e-mail from a friend after inviting her to tonight’s seminar: “Interesting that you should send this today because I have been spacing out my watching of this film over the last week. I've been finding it really difficult to get ... [Read More]
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I received this e-mail from a friend after inviting her to tonight’s seminar: “Interesting that you should send this today because I have been spacing out my watching of this film over the last week. I've been finding it really difficult to get ... [Read More]

Kahpenakwu
Culture & Psychoanalysis


I’d like to begin by showing examples of my earlier work. The brief montage will illustrate by contrast the alteration the current work made. I’ll then describe how the new work itself manifests this shift. Cyrus will consider the exhibition in a wider context, including what art has to teach psychoanalysis. It was not easy to determine from what place I should speak tonight. When making art, I cannot say that psychoanalysis is... [Read More]
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I’d like to begin by showing examples of my earlier work. The brief montage will illustrate by contrast the alteration the current work made. I’ll then describe how the new work itself manifests this shift. Cyrus will consider the exhibition in a wider context, including what art has to teach psychoanalysis. It was not easy to determine from what place I should speak tonight. When making art, I cannot say that psychoanalysis is... [Read More]

The Act and The Readymade
Clinical Study Days 6: The Psychoanalytic Act in the 21st Century


I want to thank Tom for his paper, which invites us to reconsider a founding moment in the history of modern art via the psychoanalytic act. I can pick up the gauntlet only by asking questions that seem essential to advancing this considerable position, but untangling the knot that binds artist, audience, object and other is for me daunting. So the best... [Read More]
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I want to thank Tom for his paper, which invites us to reconsider a founding moment in the history of modern art via the psychoanalytic act. I can pick up the gauntlet only by asking questions that seem essential to advancing this considerable position, but untangling the knot that binds artist, audience, object and other is for me daunting. So the best... [Read More]

Occupy Wall Street: It Is Right to Rebel Without a Cause
Culture & Psychoanalysis


I’d like to place Ross’ paper in a wider cultural context with attention to the signifiers extracted from or produced by the Occupy Movement. As Jacques Lacan said, “One can do away with the Name-of-the-Father on the condition one makes use of it.” In the our hypermodern era of the Other That ... [Read More]
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I’d like to place Ross’ paper in a wider cultural context with attention to the signifiers extracted from or produced by the Occupy Movement. As Jacques Lacan said, “One can do away with the Name-of-the-Father on the condition one makes use of it.” In the our hypermodern era of the Other That ... [Read More]

Alexander McQueen:
"Savage Beauty" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Culture & Psychoanalysis


THESIS: The phenomenon of “Savage Beauty” by Alexander McQueen at The Met, we would like to suggest, traces the permutations of the object gaze and scopic drive in the hypermodern era. THESIS: The phenomenon of “Savage Beauty” by Alexander McQueen at The Met, we would like to suggest, traces the permutations of the object gaze and ... [Read More]
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THESIS: The phenomenon of “Savage Beauty” by Alexander McQueen at The Met, we would like to suggest, traces the permutations of the object gaze and scopic drive in the hypermodern era. THESIS: The phenomenon of “Savage Beauty” by Alexander McQueen at The Met, we would like to suggest, traces the permutations of the object gaze and ... [Read More]

Nomenclature
Clinical Study Days 5: Reading the Unconscious


I originally gave this paper as part of a panel discussion at the Museum of Modern Art. I have revised it slightly, and added an after-word, for Clinical Study Days and the theme “Reading the Unconscious.” It concerns a dream I had in April... [Read More]
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I originally gave this paper as part of a panel discussion at the Museum of Modern Art. I have revised it slightly, and added an after-word, for Clinical Study Days and the theme “Reading the Unconscious.” It concerns a dream I had in April... [Read More]

"Saccade": Drawings by Patrick Keesey
Marfa County Clinic


“If a bird were to paint would it not be by letting its feathers fall, a snake by casting off its scales, a tree by letting fall its leaves?” (1) And a human being, what falls when a speaking body paints? Patrick Keesey’s drawings and paintings, created ... [Read More]
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“If a bird were to paint would it not be by letting its feathers fall, a snake by casting off its scales, a tree by letting fall its leaves?” (1) And a human being, what falls when a speaking body paints? Patrick Keesey’s drawings and paintings, created ... [Read More]

The Story of Robert Buck
March 2, 2010, NYC, 2:06 PM, 45˚


Fall 2005 finds me at dinner with a friend who tells me she is thinking seriously of changing her name. My reaction is swift and vociferous, even confrontational. I retaliate with words like castration and betrayal. Yet my protestations awake doubt, and rumination ensues. My unrest lingers, and I am ... [Read More]
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Fall 2005 finds me at dinner with a friend who tells me she is thinking seriously of changing her name. My reaction is swift and vociferous, even confrontational. I retaliate with words like castration and betrayal. Yet my protestations awake doubt, and rumination ensues. My unrest lingers, and I am ... [Read More]

Andy Warhol / a
Artists on Artists Lecture, Dia Center for the Arts


Warhol. Warhola. What if we take Warhol as his word, and consider his acts of writing as a viable means by which to index his visual art? My proposal is that Warhol’s encounter with language was traumatic [as it is for us all], and the consequences ramify as a unifying trait that underwrites his art. And with reference to the teachings of Jacques Lacan, namely his interpretation of the writings of James Joyce, I want to insinuate that Warhol was psychotic, an “ordinary psychotic”, who for this reason exemplifies our time, with its waning status... [Read More]
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Warhol. Warhola. What if we take Warhol as his word, and consider his acts of writing as a viable means by which to index his visual art? My proposal is that Warhol’s encounter with language was traumatic [as it is for us all], and the consequences ramify as a unifying trait that underwrites his art. And with reference to the teachings of Jacques Lacan, namely his interpretation of the writings of James Joyce, I want to insinuate that Warhol was psychotic, an “ordinary psychotic”, who for this reason exemplifies our time, with its waning status... [Read More]

Nomenclature
Vector Magazine


4/20/08 11:37 AM 58˚ while at my father’s house: I am with people heading in the direction of holy family church along liberty road, going east. It is necessary to take an alternate path. We come to a gully that must be traversed. I am wearing blue desert boots I bought while traveling with my brother. I realize if I slide on the soles of the shoes, I can get ahead of the others. Indeed, I slide down one side and gain enough momentum ... [Read More]
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4/20/08 11:37 AM 58˚ while at my father’s house: I am with people heading in the direction of holy family church along liberty road, going east. It is necessary to take an alternate path. We come to a gully that must be traversed. I am wearing blue desert boots I bought while traveling with my brother. I realize if I slide on the soles of the shoes, I can get ahead of the others. Indeed, I slide down one side and gain enough momentum ... [Read More]

Monument Proposal: The Glazing Globe
The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art


Although the garden gazing globe has a long history beginning in thirteenth-century Venice, it is commonly known in its contemporary manifestation as a suburban lawn ornament. The mirrored ball, usually set atop a concrete pedestal... [Read More]
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Although the garden gazing globe has a long history beginning in thirteenth-century Venice, it is commonly known in its contemporary manifestation as a suburban lawn ornament. The mirrored ball, usually set atop a concrete pedestal... [Read More]

Paranoia by the Dashboard Light:
Sophie Calle and Gregory Shephard's "Double Blind"

Parkett No. 36: Sophie Calle & Stephen Balkenhol


I remember standing at my grandmother's grave with my father and grandfather looking down at the dates on her stone when my grandfather said, "You know, Jimmy, your... [Read More]
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I remember standing at my grandmother's grave with my father and grandfather looking down at the dates on her stone when my grandfather said, "You know, Jimmy, your... [Read More]

Artist Profile: An Interview with Dara Birnbaum
Media Arts Magazine


As an influential practitioner of media and video art for more than a decade, Dara Birnbaum has produced uncompromising critiques of mass media in the form of innovative videotapes and installations. With degrees in both painting and... [Read More]
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As an influential practitioner of media and video art for more than a decade, Dara Birnbaum has produced uncompromising critiques of mass media in the form of innovative videotapes and installations. With degrees in both painting and... [Read More]
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