Hej everyone! It's February 1st and as we move further into this new year, I've decided to take a moment at the turn of each month to reflect on the month ahead as well as take stock of the month we just wrapped up.
Coming up in March I will be teaching a course for Global Centre for Advanced Studies (GCAS) The Unconscious Act: Theories of Repetition in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis. I’ve already recorded 4 lectures, which you will be able to view on your own. Then we will be meeting together 4 times as well to discuss these lectures + the reading material Sundays in March live via zoom. GCAS offers a Certificate in Psychoanalysis so you have the option to just sign up for my course (which you can do here) or you can sign up for the entire program here for only 689€. GCAS offers tuition assistance so if you’re interested, feel free to write to me directly and I will put you in touch with Creston Davis. He will help you enroll and ensure the program is affordable for you. I hosted a discussion with most of the professors teaching in the certificate program, which I've linked to below so you can listen in for more info:
RU164: BRACHA ETTINGER, ISABEL MILLAR, JULIE RESHE, HELEN ROLLINS, VANESSA SINCLAIR & CRESTON DAVIS ON GCAS CERTIFICATE IN PSYCHOANALYSIS
Our Psychoanalysis, art & the occult series at Morbid Anatomy continues February 20th!
Experiences with Precognitive Dreams & Synchronicity with Gary Lachman + Notes on the Occult Influence of filmmaker Derek Jarman by Carl Abrahamsson: Part of the Psychoanalysis, Art and the Occult Series live via zoom
- Sunday, February 20, 2022
- 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
Admission: $8 - Tickets HERE
The Psychoanalysis, Art & the Occult series of events, curated by Dr. Vanessa Sinclair and Carl Abrahamsson, is dedicated to exploring the intersections and integration of psychoanalytic theory, the creative arts, occult practices, and folk magic traditions. By inviting psychoanalysts, philosophers, artists, writers, and occult practitioners from a variety of theoretical orientations and worldviews to discuss their work, personal experiences, and areas of research interest with one another, dialogue is opened up between practitioners in fields of study that traditionally rarely engage with one another though often operate in similar and complementary ways.
"Dreaming Ahead of Time: Experiences with Precognitive Dreams, Synchronicity and Coincidence”
Can we dream the future? Does time flow in only one direction? What is a 'meaningful coincidence'?
Gary Lachman, author of many books on consciousness, culture, and the western esoteric tradition (and former bassist for Blondie), has been recording his precognitive dreams for forty years – dreams, that is, in which bits and pieces of the future turn up "ahead of time." In his talk, based on his new book Dreaming Ahead of Time, Lachman will relate how he came to discover that he "dreams the future," and how this surprising ability is something we all share but are unaware that we do. Along the way, Lachman will look at the work of other "time haunted men," such as J.W. Dunne, J. B. Priestley, P.D. Ouspensky, C.G. Jung, Arthur Koestler, and others who, like himself, discovered that the "tick tick tock of the stately clock" – with apologies to Cole Porter – is not the only way in which that mysterious something we call "time" can be understood.
Gary Lachman is the author of many books about consciousness, culture, and the Western esoteric tradition, including The Return of Holy Russia, Dark Star Rising: Magick and Power in the Age of Trump, Lost Knowledge of the Imagination, and Beyond the Robot: The Life and Work of Colin Wilson. He writes for several journals in the US, UK, and Europe, lectures around the world and his work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. In a former life he was a founding member of the pop group Blondie and in 2006 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Before moving to London in 1996 and becoming a full time writer, Lachman studied philosophy, managed a metaphysical book shop, taught English literature, and was Science Writer for UCLA. He is an adjunct professor of Transformative Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He can be reached at: http://garylachman.co.uk
"Tripping the Dark Light Fantastic – Notes on the occult influence of filmmaker Derek Jarman”
Watching Derek Jarman’s experimental film “In the Shadow of the Sun” for the first time in the early 1980s formatted my own aesthetic not only concerning cinema but also art in general. An important individuation key for me since then has been to continually evaluate Jarman's distinctly magical, alchemical approach (and its many ripple effects) as a conscious expression of, and connection to, occultural history and general occult experimentation. Meaning, what you are creating is not “only” art, but also a talismanic platform through which desires may or may not be processed. And that this approach is a living and thriving tradition; not just an odd intellectual occurrence in our own contemporary times.
Carl Abrahamsson is a Swedish author, specializing in Occulture and Magico-anthropology. His books include Resonances(2014), Occulture (2018), The Devil’s Footprint (2020), Sacred Intent (2020), Different People (2021), and Anton LaVey and the Church of Satan (2022). He is also the editor and publisher of the highly renowned anthologies in The Fenris Wolf series. https://www.carlabrahamsson.com
The first issue of Trapartisan Review was released today! I am so happy to have my collages included in this fantastic publication alongside so many stellar artists.
Looking back at January: Rendering Unconscious Podcast turned 4!
I created a special anniversary episode to celebrate:
RU183: VANESSA SINCLAIR CELEBRATING 4 YEARS OF RENDERING UNCONSCIOUS!
I also posted episodes with Swedish psychoanalyst Pablo Lerner (who was my final interview of 2021) and my dear friend Ramsey Jones (who was my first interview of 2022) a prolific musician who is the eldest brother of ODB and works with his family members, members of the WuTang Clan, RZA and GZA.
RU182: PABLO LERNER CONTEMPLATES DEATH, POETRY, LACAN, FREUD, THE DEATH DRIVE & THE FILMS OF INGMAR BERGMAN
RU184: RAMSEY JONES ON MUSIC, INSPIRATION, CREATIVITY, FAMILY, COMMUNITY
I’m consciously slowing down my interviewing speed a bit, as there were times in 2020 & 2021 where I had 2-3 interviews scheduled per week. Each interview is around an hour, sometimes more, and there’s about half a work day dedicated to editing together each episode. When I think too much about how many hours I’ve spent editing podcast episodes, I feel dizzy. So I’m making sure to rein myself in a bit and dedicate more time to editing together books, reading and working on my art.
I have made quite a few collages this year so far, which pleases me greatly. If you’d like to share in my process of creation, join us over at Patreon where I’ve been discussing my process, including the magical aspects involved in creation.
My collage work has recently been featured in this Coil zine Man is the Animal by Temporal Boundary Press.
And my writing is featured in the most recent issue of Stillpoint Magazine.
I'm currently staying busy putting the final edits on an anthology celebrating the films of Ingmar Bergman. Seemed the thing to do as a psychoanalyst who moved to Sweden. That will be published by Routledge towards the end of this year.
In personal news, I officially became a Swedish citizen this month! I actually had my photo taken for my new passport today. So that's pretty huge. I also recently received my Swedish driver's license and graduated to the next (and final) level of Swedish language courses. So supposedly I should be pretty fluent soon. Suffice to say, a lot is going on, as usual. I hope to see you virtually sometime soon. Feel free to reach out and keep in touch. I love to hear from you!
All my best