Psyche and Space: Aesthetics and the Lost Object 19/25
Date: Friday 30 November 2001
The Psyche and Space lecture series tests the hypothesis that psychoanalysis contains within itself, or within its reach, a theory of subjective space. Such a test must first establish that such a theory is required by architecture; then that theories of perception, or other accounts of experience, fail the test. The lectures attempt to demonstrate that a psychoanalytic theory of space develops from the intersection of phantasy and desire. This part of the series leaves the terrain of the psycho-sexual nature of space in favour of a complex question of human identification and space. It starts with the well known history of anthropocentrism in architectural theory in order to reverse the traditional question of how the proportions of buildings relate to the image of the body, and replaces it with the question of how the image of the body (or what Freud calls the body ego) stabilises itself through objects in
space. This raises the question of how the constructed world concerns or threatens the integrity of the body.
NB: Poor sound quality
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