22-01-2019 - 12-02-2019
The Reading Group under the guidance of Leon Brenner is continuing its work throughout January and February on the subject of love and transference in Lacan's work based on his reading of Plato's Symposium.
For the next six sessions, we will work on our last topic in this round – the love triangle between Socrates, Agathon, and Alcibiades.
Following the Schema approach, the workshop will present ways of acknowledging and connecting with the vulnerable parts in ourselves, and begin to understand our own patterns in life. By learning how to listen to the voices of demanding or punitive parents, the voice of the vulnerable or angry child, one can strengthen the voice of the Self of today.
During this performative lecture on artificial intelligence, artificial consciousness and artificial desire, the speaker will be at the same time connected to a robot, which traces circles on a piece of paper, sensing the speaker’s excitement, anxiety or any physical response, and expresses them as data through deviations from the perfect circle. The final question of this exploration is: can a robot become a desiring body?
Bauman’s concept of liquidity is examined within Jungian, post-Jungian and relational psychoanalysis and it is shown that, following Jung, it is crucial to learn the art of meditation (“to envisage new possibilities. To imagine new ways of consideration” (Shamdasani, 2013). Otherwise, as suggested by Bauman, we will continually move from one life/identity to another in a perpetual cycle of dissatisfaction, of killing time.