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Violent Children?

By | March 17th, 2019|LRO 135|

Due to much stricter controls on the sales of firearms in the UK, we haven’t had the same problem with shootings and mass killings as witnessed in the USA. But while all the energy of government has been sucked into the impasses of Brexit, we suddenly find ourselves confronted with another kind of national emergency [...]

Family Ties

By | March 13th, 2019|LRO 134|

No ideology, whether of the right or of the left, none of the experiments and utopias that tried to change the structure of the family succeeded in even shaking it. It was not until the arrival of the advances of biotechnology that the familial structure, at least in its formal presentation, began to undergo certain [...]

The Artist Is Absent

By | March 9th, 2019|LRO 133|

Marina Abramović’s latest project, “The Life,” was on at the Serpentine Gallery in London last week. Publicized as the first mixed reality art experience, the visitors are greeted by assistants in lab coats who ask us to hand in our possessions and phones and advise that the artist wishes that this is a meditative experience [...]

Spark Joy!

By | February 25th, 2019|LRO 131|

On January 1st, 2019, Netflix released a new reality TV series, ‘Tidying Up with Marie Kondo’. Marie Kondo, bestselling author, organizing consultant and now global de-cluttering media sensation, has capitalized on a resurgence of readymade self-help solutions for our world of excess. Her solution, discovered after an early nervous breakdown and episode of fainting, focuses [...]

Real Love Is Love Without Piety

By | February 20th, 2019|LRO 130|

You say that the “adhesive” that unites families is now love and not biology, which is what happened before. MHB: Yes. For centuries a couple formed a family and love was something desirable but not fundamental. Now, all contemporary families, in their variety, are founded on love. Is this better?  MHB: Love is problematic because [...]

Man Shall Not Live By Scans Alone

By | February 17th, 2019|LRO 129|

Abraham Verghese, an American specialist in general medicine, wrote a moving testimony that is at the same time a serious warning about the progressive extinction of medical wisdom. In clear alignment with what Jacques Lacan developed in his 1966 conference Psychoanalysis and Medicine[1], Verghese denounces the danger of studying scans instead of the patient. The [...]

There would be nothing, since there is nothing, because there was nothing

By | February 12th, 2019|LRO 128|

In works of fine art, sometimes there is an interplay between what is seen and that which is hidden behind the displayed front. The interplay between a veil and the object behind it. Quite a few years ago an environmental piece was installed opposite the Jerusalem old railway station. I recall thinking at first it [...]

My Precious

By | February 6th, 2019|LRO 126|

Blimunda, the protagonist of José Saramago’s “Memorial of the Convent”, had the magical property of seeing inside people. Saramago constructs here the metaphor of the ‘society of transparency’ that will emerge years later and which has become a reality in only one direction. Our intimacy is almost entirely accessible to the Other, but this Other [...]