’s contribution consisted in pointing out the wealth of information and the activities programmed by the Freudian Field Library
, founded in 1977 by the Argentinian art and literary critic, occasional artist, author and psychoanalyst Oscar Masotta (1930-1979)
upon his arrival to Barcelona, having fled Argentina's dictatorship and after a brief stint in London.
The work of French psychoanalyst and psychiatrist Jacques Lacan (1901-1981), reached Spain not from across the Pyrenees, but from overseas: indeed, it was Masotta who introduced Lacanian thought to the Spanish-speaking world. The relevance of Masotta in "a psychoanalytic branch of Conceptualism" (in the words of art historian Juli Carson) only now seem to be fulfilling its true potential. Masotta founded the library together with his fellow citizen Germán García, and their work has been continued since by the Comunidad de Catalunya de la Escuela Lacaniana del Psicoanálisis del Campo Freudiano (ELP), the Catalan Community of the Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis.
One of the outstanding aspects of the library is its significant holdings of literary fiction which is not unusual given the interest of psychoanalysis (since its creation by Austrian physician and founder of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud, 1856-1939) in literature, as well as the relevance of art and literature in Lacanian thought. Lacan's Seminar XXIII 'Le Sinthome' (1975), for example, refers to the Irish novelist James Joyce (1882-1941).Dora García
's intervention considers the site as a knot which ties together art, psychoanalysis and literature. García selected works of fiction from the library shelves and three conversations activated the space over three consecutive days
. The first talk, a ‘solo’ by García, focussed on the library’s holdings of literary fiction
. The second, involved several psychoanalysts who discussed the founding of the library
and its ongoing role in Barcelona, and the final event
was a talk around the work of James Joyce and Jacques Lacan.
The events were live-streamed on Periscope
With thanks to the Biblioteca del Campo Freudiano de Barcelona, Miquel Bassols, Enric Berenguer, Patrick Bohan, Nora Catelli, Xavier Esqué, Norberto Ferrer, Montserrat Rodríguez, Estela Paskvan. 1 october, 7pm:
Talk by Dora García on the library holdings of literary fiction. Welcome by Emilio Faire and introduction by Mariana Cánepa Luna. All the events at: Avinguda Diagonal 333, 3º 1ª
2 october, 7pm:
Conversation moderated by Dora García with Montserrat Rodríguez, Estela Paskvan, Nora Catelli, Enric Berenguer, Miquel Bassols and Norberto Ferrer, on the origins of the Biblioteca del Campo Freudiano de Barcelona, its founder Óscar Masotta and the Barcelona of 1977. Introduced by Lidia Ramírez.
Audio 3 october, 10am:
Conversation between Dora García, Xavier Esqué and Patrick Bohan around James Joyce and Jacques Lacan. Introduced by Rosa Godínez.