Oxana Timofeeva - The Rathole: On the Problem of Self-Isolation
on Tuesday, May 18th 2021 at 6 p. m.
The Fine Art Department and the Visiting Artist Studio of UMPRUM cordially invite you to an online talk by Oxana Timofeeva The Rathole: On the Problem of Self-Isolation.
The talk is dedicated to the problem of isolation, and draws a parallel between two different approaches to this problem — Michel Foucault’s archeology of power and Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalysis. Foucault's perspective refers to the strategies of power with regards to the epidemics of lepra and plague: in case of lepra, it constitutes a disordered space of exclusion, and in case of plague — segmented space of confinement. The passage from the one strategy to another marks then development of the disciplinary model of power: leper colonies are transformed into prisons and psychiatric clinics. Freudian approach is discussed through the example of the Rat man case: in the analysis of this case, Freud formulates his theory of the obsessional neurosis, or obsessive compulsory disorder (OCD). I emphasize the urgency of the problem of the OCR in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak of 2020, and discuss it as a collective symptom.
Oxana Timofeeva is Sc.D., a Professor at “Stasis” Center for Philosophy at the European University at St. Petersburg, leading researcher at Tyumen State University, member of the artistic collective "Chto Delat?" ("What is to be done?"), deputy editor of the journal "Stasis", and the author of books History of Animals (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018; Maastricht: Jan van Eyck, 2012; trans. into Russian, Turkish, Slovenian, and Persian), Introduction to the Erotic Philosophy of Georges Bataille (Moscow: New Literary Observer, 2009), How to Lov a Homeland (Moscow, syg.ma, 2020; Cairo: Kayfa ta, 2020; trans. into Arabic), and other writings.
The talk is part of the Visiting Artist Studio of UMPRUM