Much of the early reception of the French analyst Jacques Lacan in the Unites States of the 1980’s and 90’s took place in the academic and creative art fields of film and art schools, literature and philosophy departments. The concept of the “gaze” as object (a), and the aesthetics of anamorphosis were especially salient in the cinematic and visual arts where they were employed to articulate the position of the subject of the unconscious, and a Real at stake within the fields of the visible and the audible. Unlike the “truth” conveyed in painting, the cinema functions as a frame of fantasy that since the advent of sound, incorporates sound, the image, and time as constitutive of its experience.

For this film series, the Lacan School invites a clinician or analyst to choose a film for screening and teach from it in a way that elucidates fundamental concepts of the analytic experience. Participants/spectators are invited to speak of the aesthetic experience the viewing of the film gives rise to, and the guest analyst/instructor will support this “speech” in order to help articulate a Real at work in the aesthetic experience, and link it to the didactic elements contained in the film.

Faculty: Christopher Meyer, PhD and guest speakers
Date and Time: TBA, Quarterly beginning Fall 2020
Location: TBA
Contact: Christopher Meyer, PhD (323) 930-9662
Fee: $20.00

This seminar is approved by the Medical Board of California to train Research Psychoanalysts and by the California Psychological Association to provide Continuing Education Units for Licensed Psychologists. This course is approved by the Board of Behavioral Sciences to provide Continuing Education Units for Marriage and Family Therapists and Psychiatric Social Workers. LSP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.