‘Interpassivity: The Aesthetics of Delegated Enjoyment’ by Robert Pfaller

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Why do people record TV programmes instead of watching them? Why do some recovering alcoholics let others drink in their place? Why can ritual machines pray in place of believers? Robert Pfaller advances the theory of ‘interpassivity’ as delegated consumption and enjoyment. Applicable to both art and everyday life, the concept allows him toContinue reading “‘Interpassivity: The Aesthetics of Delegated Enjoyment’ by Robert Pfaller”

‘Remembering, Repeating and Working-Through’ by Sigmund Freud

DOWNLOAD(.pdf & .epub) Written and published in 1914, ‘Remembering, Repeating and Working-Through’ established Freud’s position on analytic technique, in which the cathartic method had yielded ground to the associative method. It thus deserves notice as one of the few technical writings to complement the great metapsychological edifice of 1915.

‘Time Driven: Metapsychology and the Splitting of the Drive’ by Adrian Johnston

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Elaborating the fundamental concept of Trieb, or drive, Freud outlines two basic types of conflict that at once disturb and organize mental life: the conflict between drives and reality; and the conflict between the drives themselves (as in amorous Eros against the aggressive death drive). In Time Driven, Adrian Johnston identifies a third distinctContinue reading “‘Time Driven: Metapsychology and the Splitting of the Drive’ by Adrian Johnston”

‘Of Drives and Culture’, by Mladen Dolar

Paper(Problemi International) Drives and culture seem to stand at opposite ends. The common assumption has it that drives are indomitable instinctual forces and that culture is called upon to mold them, restrict them and channel them, and since this conflict can never be happily resolved, we seem to be doomed to a perpetual discontent inContinue reading “‘Of Drives and Culture’, by Mladen Dolar”

‘The Symbolic, the Sublime, and Slavoj Žižek’s Theory of Film’ by Matthew Flisfeder

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) This book argues that Žižek’s writing on film radically reorients the scope of contemporary film studies. Returning to questions about ideology and subjectivity, Flisfeder argues that Slavoj Žižek’s theory of film aims to re-politicize film studies and film theory, bringing cinema into the fold of twenty-first century politics.

‘State in Time’ by IRWIN

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) The NSK State in Time emerged in 1992, evolving in the context of the dissolution of Yugoslavia and the transformation Neue Slowenische Kunst. Existing both as an artwork and a social formation, a state that encompasses all time but holding no territory, the NSK State in Time has for two decades pushed the boundariesContinue reading “‘State in Time’ by IRWIN”

‘Adventures in Realism’ edited by Matthew Beaumont

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Adventures in Realism offers an accessible introduction to realism as it has evolved since the 19th century. Though focused on literature and literary theory, the significance of technology and the visual arts is also addressed. Comprises 16 essays written by a distinguished group of contributors, including Slavoj Žižek and Frederic Jameson Provides the historical, cultural,Continue reading “‘Adventures in Realism’ edited by Matthew Beaumont”

‘Lacan and the Concept of the Real’ by Tom Eyers

DOWNLOAD(.pdf & .epub) This is the first book in English to explore in detail the genesis and consequences of Lacan’s concept of the ‘Real’, providing readers with an invaluable key to one of the most influential ideas of modern times. Tom Eyers is Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in the Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities atContinue reading “‘Lacan and the Concept of the Real’ by Tom Eyers”

‘Ethics of the Real: Kant and Lacan’ by Alenka Zupančič

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) The idea of Kantian ethics is both simple and revolutionary: it proposes a moral law independent of any notion of a pre-established Good or any ‘human inclination’ such as love, sympathy or fear. In attempting to interpret such a revolutionary proposition in a more ‘humane’ light, and to turn Kant into our contemporary –Continue reading “‘Ethics of the Real: Kant and Lacan’ by Alenka Zupančič”

‘Does the Internet Have an Unconscious? Slavoj Žižek and Digital Culture’ by Clint Burnham

DOWNLOAD(.pdf & .epub) Does the Internet Have an Unconscious? is both an introduction to the work of Slavoj Žižek and an investigation into how his work can be used to think about the digital present. Clint Burnham combines the German idealism, Lacanian psychoanalysis, and Marxist materialism found in Žižek’s thought to understand how the Internet,Continue reading “‘Does the Internet Have an Unconscious? Slavoj Žižek and Digital Culture’ by Clint Burnham”