The Lacanian Review

#11 | 2021

"The Art of Singularities"

The Lacanian Review #11

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The Lacanian Review No. 11 explores what can be said about the art of singularities in the experience of psychoanalysis, the singular in art and writing, and fields of mathematics that aim at this horizon of the real. Without the effort to circumscribe what is singular for the speaking being, life ends up as a gray composite of everyone’s favorite color.



Fueled by globalization, the world is increasingly governed by the category of the exception. As a result lives appear confined by the law of the statistical norm and at the same time the lawlessness of individualism. Reduced to medical data, converted into subjective data, a series of app profiles with checkboxes feeds algorithms used to market ourselves back to ourselves. The result of the standardization of subjectivity is a series of endless new categories of identity, exceptionalism attempting to carve out a vanishing space of the subject.

Psychoanalysis, pushed to its end, can attest to the singularity of a speaking being, something impossible to quantify or compare with a norm applied for all people—human rights—or some people but not others—segregation. This concept of singularity has an absolute dimension in that it cannot be replicated, translated, or held against a principle of commonality or community. Identifications drawn from the Other and the buzz-word master signifiers that are imposed on bodies do not cease to operate; they are a structural fact of language. Yet with psychoanalysis and other discourses that approach the real, the irreducible remainders encountered by the speaking body can never be totally inscribed within the master’s discourse. It is not a question of something unique, but an invention outside of sense, one written not to be read, but nevertheless spoken.

This volume of The Lacanian Review (TLR), starting from the orientation to the real and the singular developed by Jacques Lacan and elaborated by Jacques-Alain Miller, presents the dossier of presentations delivered at the January 2021 event of the New Lacanian School, “Pass and Formation of the Psychoanalyst.” Testimonies of the pass delivered to a School of psychoanalysis embody one of the arts of singularity. A collection of new texts from 14 authors on 14 visual artists shows other pathways to the singular, one by one. With a few detours into the littoral, the sinthome, the signature and style, TLR invites the reader to consider what Lacan proposed as inciting one to pass through the right hole of what is offered by an analysis as singular.


Cyrus Saint Amand Poliakoff, Singularities

Singularity – Worth the Sweat

Jacques Lacan, Sur le plaisir et la règle fondamentale
Jacques Lacan, On Pleasure and the Fundamental Rule

Jacques-Alain Miller, La signature des symptômes
Jacques-Alain Miller, Signature of the Symptoms

Singularities and the Real
Marie-Hélène Brousse & Pierre-Louis Lions, Singularities, an Analytical Serial: First Episode

Pass and the Formation of the Psychoanalyst
Alexandre Stevens, Introduction to the Dublin Day 2021
Dossia Avdelidi, The Most Important One
Florencia F.C. Shanahan, XCEPTION
Anne Béraud, The Sinthome and the Analyst’s Style
Marina Frangiadaki, Of the Use of Supervision in Lacan’s School
Joost Demuynck, A Supervision and An Analysis
Pierre-Gilles Guéguen, The Guarantee for the NLS
Maria Cristina Aguirre, Question of the Guarantee and Supervision
Daniel Roy, Conclusion

One, by One
Fourteen, One, by One

Marcelo Veras, A Body in Anamorphosis
Elizabeth Rogers,A Feminine Poetic of Movement
Robert Buck, Out There in Nomadland
Kate Briggs, This Body, This Land

Jean-Claude Maleval and Michel Grollier,Freezing and Thawing of S1 in the Autistic Subject

Haute Couture
Gerardo Arenas, Eleven Reflections on the Singular
Peggy Papada, Tracing the Not-All
Alasdair Duncan, Style as a Psychoanalytic Concept
Véronique Voruz, Living Up to One’s Act

Know How
Anne Lysy, The Pass of the Fantasy / The Pass of the Sinthome
Anne Lysy, et al., Discussion

Second Hand
Robert Buck,On and Off the Grid