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Bodies in Space

By | December 5th, 2018|LRO 110|

As those of us who still benefit from the civilising effects of capitalism huddle closer together on our gated islands, the margin of those who fall outside the net seems to grow wider and wider. While out shopping we have to step over bodies in the street, outcasts of savage capitalism, surplus to requirements, abandoned [...]

The Dream of Living With No Risks

By | December 1st, 2018|LRO 109|

AIDS was probably the first postmodern event to inaugurate the definitive consolidation of biopolitics and the appropriation of the concept of risk by the State with the aim of introducing a regulation, an ordering, and even a prophylaxis of subjectivity. Threatened by a pandemic of proportions unprecedented since the era of the great European plagues, [...]

Time Life

By | November 25th, 2018|LRO 107|

Jacques Lacan argued that artists move ahead of analysts. Why? Because of the artist’s know-how [savoir faire] concerning the void, das Ding. Like the potter, not only does he know how to create a new esthetic form, but also, and more importantly, how to get organized around the void, which is impossible to fill. That’s [...]

US Blues—Bury the Hatchet

By | November 22nd, 2018|LRO 106|

Asked about her commitment to running for and again leading the United States House of Representatives as Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi replied "It's an urgency I can't resist.”[1] This use of the relatively uncommon (at least, in the United States) word urgency of course evokes the upcoming Congress of the New Lacanian School [...]

The Security State

By | November 19th, 2018|LRO 105|

Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers has for years been unremittingly brutal. It isn’t because those seeking asylum are criminals, since to seek asylum is not a crime; and it isn’t because those arriving by boat lack grounds for seeking refuge, since over 80% are eventually assessed as being legitimate refugees. The conditions under which the [...]

Art and Fiction – Lucy Orta’s Procession Banners

By | November 14th, 2018|LRO 104|

Outstanding! To encounter the performance Procession Banners (2018)[1] by Lucy Orta is to face the “sovereign image”.[2] This work leads the viewer beyond the sense of the conventional, as it draws attention to the written words. We can use Lacan’s registers – the symbolic, imaginary and real – to aid our understanding of this work [...]

Are there judges?

By | November 11th, 2018|LRO 103|

In Israel, Judges, especially those of the Supreme Court, have the function of protecting and defending human rights and liberty, of standing against any kind of segregation. Where are they when the spirit of democracy ceases to function as their compass? Theirs is a very complicated and difficult position. The State of Israel does not [...]