The Constructed Hysteria and the role of the Skull pt.1

June 22, 2008

In a previous post, the skull as an anamorphic object was seen in the painting of Hans Holbein, called The Ambassadors. What should be suggested here is that the object can e seen from an alternative point of view, what is called ’impossible-Real’ viewpoint.

The patch (skull) on the painting is what could constitute as an example for the Lacanian Real; an amorphous, a-temporal object that is behind ’any possible symbolic representations’- just like ’smoke’.(Smoke has the ability to form into different visually attainable ’objects’- it does not necessarily mean the cases of pareidolias- and also it can reach hidden and restricted spaces-closed doors,etc.)

The fact that an object is ’impossible to bear symbolic representational traits’ leads us to the notion of Hysteria. The Hysteria (as defined by Breuer, then Freud) –briefly- is about the repression of a traumatic event, where pleasure is repressed and pain is felt. Hysteria can be externalized in a way that ’internal reality’also refuses ’any possible symbolic representations’

The skull-patch can serve such hysterical object. Plus a possible feature of hysteria can be overdetermination. By being an example of overdetermination, the skull-patch blatantly serves as an example of hysterical object.Why?


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