sites of exception through images and scenes

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Herakles Night Sea Journey

Herakles Night Sea Journey

When the hero attempts to cross the boundary to the Absolute, she (for the hero becomes Psyche at this point) enters into the space of the double frame.

herm

herm

The herm (originally just "a pile of stones") marks a point of silent trade, where two parties never meet but nonetheless, through gifts and offerings, retroactively establish the materiality of Hades.

Giambattista Vico (1668–1744)

Giambattista Vico (1668–1744)

Giambattista Vico anticipated much if not most of Lacan's insights about human subjectivity. His principal discovery was the "imaginative universal," a metonymic procedure that, even today, few understand.

More Champagne?

More Champagne?

In Hitchcock's film Notorious, the metonymic connection between guests' Champagne consumption and the Nazi host Sebastian's discovery of a missing key explains the role of the PHARMAKON.

Festina Lente

Festina Lente

This well-known icon from the 16c. shows that the idea of reversed predication — and the idea of emergence — has been popular for a long time!

Notorious: the stranger as a nose

Notorious: the stranger as a nose

The "nose" is an extension of the space of the framer into the frame as content. In Hitchcock's Notorious, Cary Grant first appears as a silhouette at the edge of the screen. When the scene rotates 90º we realize the function of aphanisis in reverse.

Piero, Madonna and Child

Piero, Madonna and Child

As Jesus reaches for the flower (a carnation, not a rose, as most art historians would have it) we see Piero's liminal specification of a "site of exception" framed by four angels.

poster for the metalepsis workshop

poster for the metalepsis workshop

Carolina Dayer's fantasy combines Magritte's frustrated mirror-viewer of "Not to Be Reproduced" with Antonello's famous portrait of St. Jerome in His Study, and much much more with those with eyes to see. For the Zizek Conference, Cincinnati, April 2014.

Tiresias the seer

Tiresias the seer

Tiresias's life-changing event was to witness, and some say strike at, two copulating snakes, symbol of Asklepius's powers to heal or kill (hence, the chirality of prophecy). Tiresias's idiocy involves his transformation from man to woman, our first clear case of the involvement of trans-sexuality's implicit relation to prophecy and epiphany.

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Tiresias the seer

Tiresias's life-changing event was to witness, and some say strike at, two copulating snakes, symbol of Asklepius's powers to heal or kill (hence, the chirality of prophecy). Tiresias's idiocy involves his transformation from man to woman, our first clear case of the involvement of trans-sexuality's implicit relation to prophecy and epiphany.