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The Matrixial Borderspace

2005
Author:

Bracha Ettinger
Introduction by Griselda Pollock
Foreword by Judith Butler
Afterword by Brian Massumi

The Matrixial Borderspace

A groundbreaking intertwining of the philosophy of art and psychoanalytic theory

Edited and with an afterword by Brian Massumi

Artist, psychoanalyst, and feminist theorist Bracha Ettinger presents an original theoretical exploration of shared affect and emergent expression, across the thresholds of identity and memory. In The Matrixial Borderspace Ettinger works through Lacan's late works, the anti-Oedipal perspectives of Deleuze and Guattari, as well as object-relations theory to critique the phallocentrism of mainstream Lacanian theory and to rethink the masculine-feminine opposition.

Artist, psychoanalyst, and feminist theorist Bracha Ettinger presents an original theoretical exploration of shared affect and emergent expression, across the thresholds of identity and memory. Ettinger works through Lacan’s late works, the anti-Oedipal perspectives of Deleuze and Guattari, as well as object-relations theory to critique the phallocentrism of mainstream Lacanian theory and to rethink the masculine-feminine opposition. She replaces the phallic structure with a dimension of emergence, where objects, images, and meanings are glimpsed in their incipiency, while being differentiated. This is the matrixial realm, a shareable, psychic dimension that underlies the individual unconscious and experience.

Concerned with collective trauma and memory, Ettinger’s own experience as an Israeli living with the memory of the Holocaust is a deep source of inspiration for her paintings, several of which are reproduced in the book. The paintings, like the essays, replay the relation between the visible and invisible, the sayable and ineffable; the gaze, the subject, and the other.

The Matrixial Borderspace

Bracha Ettinger is an artist and a senior clinical psychologist. She is professor of psychoanalysis and aesthetics at the University of Leeds, England, and a visiting lecturer at Bezalel Academy, Jerusalem.

Judith Butler is professor of rhetoric and comparative literature at the University of California, Berkeley.

Griselda Pollock is professor of social and critical histories of art at the University of Leeds.

Brian Massumi is professor of communication at the University of Montreal.

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