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25.4.2008 | KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin

Jacques Lacan: Télévision

Screening with an introduction by Claus-Dieter Rath

In 1972, Benoît Jacquot proposed to bring Jacques Lacan (1901–1981) into the living rooms of all of France. The interview Miller conducted with the famous psychoanalyst was broadcast by the French TV station ORTF in a program titled Psychanalyse and was subsequently rewritten and, in 1974, renamed Télévision. Lacan’s one and only television appearance, broadcast just ten years after he founded the Ecole Freudienne de Paris, was no popular version of his teachings. Instead, he offered opaque statements on affect, psychic energy, and repression in the family in a strange and singular document that is as much about psychoanalysis as it is about the way Lacan performs for TV.

Broadcast in two parts on March 9 and 16, 1974, Director: Benoît Jacquot, Interviewer: Jacques-Alain Miller,

Claus-Dieter Rath is a psychoanalyst in Berlin and a founding member of Fondation Européenne pour la Psychanalyse (1991), Freud-Lacan-Gesellschaft: Psychoanalytische Assoziation Berlin (1997) et al. After the screening there will be a chance to discuss, among other things, what conclusions can be drawn from that most seemingly commonplace of visual media: television.