THURSDAY 7 JUNE 2018, 5 pm
Venue: Auditori Meier. Access for people with reduced mobility through the Meier building (museum reception)
5 pm Introduction by Cloe Masotta, teacher and film critic, and Pablo Martínez, MACBA’s Head of Programming.
5.15 pm Ana Longoni. Curator of the exhibition Oscar Masotta. Theory as Action
Memory’s Hiding Place
The unexpected and simultaneous discovery of two photographs that hold a key to understanding the development of the Argentine avant-garde in the sixties, images that until a few months ago we didn’t know existed (Ricardo Carreira's Mancha de sangre [Blood Stain, 1966] and Eduardo Ruano’s atentado [Attack] from the Ver y Estimar award in 1968), forces us to think about the clandestine hiding places that are yet to be discovered. Images lost (and at the same time stored) in the intimate space, waiting for the historical and affective conditions of legibility that would activate their irruption.
6.15 pm Enric Berenguer. Clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst.
What Masotta knew about knowledge
In a text entitled ‘Masotta: su agalma’ (Masotta: his agalma), which was published in the book Masotta, el revés de la trama (ed. Marcelo Izaguirre: Atuel, 1999), I wrote of Masotta's mode of transmission and what, in my view, were the reasons behind the decisive effect of his study groups on the Barcelona intellectual scene and, more particularly, on the introduction of Lacanian psychoanalysis in Spain.
Besides pointing out the historical circumstances of his arrival in Spain, I referred to his individual way of questioning the text, and to the way in which, in his reading, he showed what was missing, deliberately or unknowingly silenced. But, beyond this, his testimony in ‘Roberto Arlt, yo mismo’, along with other indications disseminated in his works, may help us find the key to his enunciation, a style that – not only because of its irony – reveals a certain attitude to knowledge and truth.
Some of this manifests itself strongly in moments of transition: from consciousness to structure, from philosophy to psychoanalysis, from literary writing to another type of writing, inseparable from a way of speaking.
Today, this way of conceiving and enacting transmission is an example to be reclaimed, when all true questioning tends to be blocked by the systematic recourse to a superficial scientism of the ‘evidence’.
7.15 pm Break
7.30 pm Art and psychoanalysis. Round table discussion
With the participation of Nora Catelli, Rithée Cevasco, Dora García and Martín Vitaliti.
Chaired by Enric Berenguer.