Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden

Catherine Malabou – OF PARANOIA AND SCHIZOPHRENIA AS MASKS

Paper presented at the conference “What is a Mask?”, 26-27 January 2017, Royal Institute of Art.

Abstract:
”According to Freud, the drive is a specific and permanent excitation that cannot find its discharge outside of the psyche. The question is how then to “eliminate” this constant force.  Freud states, “that which follows is an attempt at flight.” It is not a question of how to escape closure but rather of how to escape within closure itself. In the absence of any outside, the only possible solution to the impossibility of fleeing consists in wearing a mask. Using both Freud and Jakobson on aphasia, and showing some film excerpts, I will argue that paranoia and schizophrenia coincide with two different ways of running away in the absence of any “elsewhere”.”

The conference was curated by Catherine Malabou and in collaboration with the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP), Kingston University London.

The conference received generous funding from The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond).