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Was können wir tun?
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Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door !"




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The text above is titled "The New Colossus”, a sonnet by American poet Emma Lazarus. She wrote the poem in 1883 to raise money for the construction of a pedestal for the Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World). In 1903, the poem was cast onto a bronze plaque and mounted inside the pedestal's lower level. But why is this poem reproduced here?

Many, before me, have tried to put that in words: that you are welcome, have no fear to come, that you will be in good hands and your needs will be taken care of. Allow me to try. At times one arrives at a moment where she or he finds that something is lost, finds her or himself unable to continue. Then a search to find cure, remedy or relief begins, somewhere between hope and desperation.

To admit dependency is often not easy and the outlook to another frustration might feel devastating. With the words above, which have been written in a time, where a new land promised a new beginning, the promise of liberty in the form of leaving old constraints and oppressions behind, hope has been amplified to a continental scale.

The truth that remains from then is that to achieve a sense of autonomy lies in gaining a distance to those old influences which one experiences as tying one down. For this it might be essential to find if not a continent but at least a space, an island, where the process of freeing oneself might take place.

Psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy (with a wide set of treatment techniques ranging from short term focal therapy, modified analytic psychotherapy to the classical analytical setting) has been developed to this end. (And is still today the most modern tools for communication and understanding.)

One person who is need of something because she or he experiences an impasse allows her or himself to enter into a relationship with another person who has the ability to serve as a catalyst. This is not an easy task, for neither of the two. The one has to overcome her or his reservations and resistances, the sense of senselessness to enter, while the other has to use all her and his skills and experience in understanding the needs of the other.

Yet, every now and then the relationship results in the overcoming of the felt impasse and achieving distance and a degree of freedom. In the poem, the beacon of hope is a colossal motherly figure, a statue of bronze, that with her stability, visibility signals reliability: you can trust me, you will be taken care of, I will be there to guide you.

What more could I add than the faith that in the moment you enter, even if not a golden door, and that step might be a rather big one to take for one woman or one man, in that sense that step of yours will be welcomed and treated accordingly.







Über seelische Prozesse, Veränderung und Zeit.
Veränderungen, die unser psychischer Apparat im Laufe des Lebens durchmacht, bezeichnen wir als Wachstum, Reifung oder Anpassung. Es sind in ihrem Wesen stetige, bedächtige Veränderungen, mit einer, der vielleicht einzigen, Ausnahme, die sehr schnell von statten geht: das Trauma. Warum aber dauert alles so lange? Die Frage stellen wir oft und gerne und eben auch dann, wenn es darum geht, psychisches Leid zu überwinden. Wir probieren gerne alles, was schnelle Heilung verspricht, gehen oft von Pontius zu Pilatus, nur um irgendwann frustriert und enttäuscht am Rande der Erschöpfung anzukommen. Psychotherapie verspricht keine schnelle Heilung, aber wieso? Warum geht das nicht schneller?

Re: Orange, Atwood et al. 2015, Intersubjektivität in der Psychoanalyse.
Beim Lesen des Textes bekommt man den furchterregenden Eindruck, Analytiker mussten in einer dunklen Urzeit wohl leise und gleichmäßig röchelnde Monster gewesen sein, deren kaltes metallisches Blut von Zahnrädern uhrwerksgleich weiterbewegt wurde...

Re: Freud, A., Burlingham, D., 1961, Gemeinschaftsleben im frühen Kindesalter.
Der Text berichtet von sechs verwaisten jüdischen Kindern, die ihre ersten drei Lebensjahre im KZ Theresienstadt im Heim für mutterlose Kinder verbracht hatten und nach Kriegsende über eine Zwischenstation in Windemere nach England gebracht wurden und dort ca. 1 1/2 Jahre in einem separaten für sie eingerichteten Heim, Bulldogs Bank, betreut wurden. Die Kinder, 3 Mädchen und 3 Buben, teils aus Wien, teils aus Berlin, wurden von ihrer Familie samt Mutter in den ersten Lebensmonaten bzw. gleich nach der Geburt getrennt, die Eltern in Vernichtungslagern umgebracht. Eines der Kinder wurde einige Tage alt in einem öffentlichen Park in Berlin aufgefunden und zunächst in einem Kloster versorgt, bevor es dann in Theresienstadt landete.

On Acting out, basic assumptions and counterfactual conditionals.
The borderline diagnosis is a fairly recent attempt of pinning down a rather complex and elusive clinical picture, characteristics of which is the projection of psychic conflicts into the intersubjective field. Research in the field has begun in the 1930s and has been profoundly consolidated in the course of the 1970s and on. Yet the concepts and methods as much as the developed terminology are still subject to controversies. This present work intends to contribute to the discussion in preparing the fundaments for an investigation of the borderline condition within a specific clinical setting, the therapy group. Focusing on the synthesis of relevant parameters for a subsequent analysis of therapy protocols, the emphasis is on the preparation of a conceptual map on three distinct domains. First, contemporary group and group dynamic models are explored. Second, frameworks investigating and conceptualising the borderline pathology are catalogued, and third, developments in the field of text analysis in general and conversation analysis in particular are skimmed through. Emphasis in the compilation of distinct approaches in the selected categories is on the extraction and operationalisation of working variables which may be used to inform protocol analysis of verbal and scenic interactions within the borderline therapy group.

The role of food in the construction of a mediated message.
Where to begin? Food is fuel. All animated beings organise the world according to their need to obtain the caloric energy necessary to make them function, to keep them alive. One of the main aspects of life is to sustain the organic machine, to actively acquire the right resources, upon which the other main function: the preservation of the species through reproduction can be achieved. This biological baseline being the shared goal, first of all binds the human race to the rest of animated lifeforms, creating an inseparable familiar relationship between us and them. Yet more interestingly, the quest for input is imprinting a structure onto mental functioning, which although primal and omnipresent, remains elusive to a complete understanding in its overall effects and consequences, as many alimentation miseries and mysteries remain up until today.

On Mediation as a Form of Psychosocial Intervention
Purpose of this paper is to give a brief overview on the topic of psychosocial interventions in Austria in the context of the public mental health services provided by the welfare state, outlining the current state of affairs of the field. Which is the current mindset and political climate, in the course of which the public services are extended onto interventions into social affairs on the border of public and private domains? What is mediation in general and how are interventions promoted, implemented and regulated? Which are the main agencies vested with the public trust to carry out mediating operations? How do educational, judiciary and other institutions interact, and which is the shared vision under which the collaboration comes about?

To approach the discipline of psychosomatics, it is best to begin with contemporary scientific definitions, which have been circulating throughout the last forty years. Psychosomatic medicine thus is defined as a scientific discipline that investigates correlations between biological, psychological and social determinants of illness and health. (Lipowski, 1977) The field is described as a field of scientific medicine, where a certain openness as to the aetiology of diseases is not only the core ambition, but also the area of research.

Scope of this current paper is to deliver a concise critical reflection a contemporary therapeutic practice located in the framework of existential analysis, termed existential psychotherapy. The equally titled book by Irvin D. Yalom will serve here as the backbone of the investigation. Retracing of the unique key concepts, which distinguish the existential practice from other therapeutic schools, the location of existential analysis in space and time of the therapeutic enterprise, but also the articulation of first crude critical questions that arise from a first reading of the topic shall be the “throw-ins” to this paper.

Urban junkies, angry ninja joggers, cruel fuckers, almost Banksies, black mr. robot hackers.
Cities are crowded by hateful characters unleashing their tragic trajectories, shitting out pain and evil. Criminals? Violators? Outlaws? Sinners? Who are they? Is there such a thing as born bad? Mythologies and belief structures are full of bad deeds. Prometheus has stolen fire from the gods, Apollo has committed numerous accounts of rape, Zeus hardly less, and the Bible tells us that we are born in sin, and night after night we wind up in front of the tele to be enchanted by violence in a safe distance.

Survey of a psychoactive substance between market pressure and recreational pleasure.
We are living in strange times. The chemical factory mentioned above has become a battleground, where a diverse ecosystem of agents are working on extending their field of influence, masked by scientific integrity and medical benevolence. That under the sterile white surface political and economical interests are virulent driving forces has been highlighted by numerous critical voices in the tradition of Michel Foucault and Richard Sennett. Also to be briefly mentioned here is Latour’s book titled Laboratory Life, which examines how in the field of science, the epitome of a de-emotionalised and objective domain, insisting to legitimise the trust invested by society, informal social dynamics remain as a sort of unruly contamination with disturbing effects. This paper intends to examine the rather remarkable history of a psychoactive substance, Ketamine, which, as has had a reputation recreational drug, and is now in the process of being reabsorbed by the pharmaceutical complex as a promising agent for TRD.

The movie directed by Julian Schnabel, located and produced in France, tells the story of an accomplished man who at the height of his career one day awakens to find himself facing the biggest challenge in his life. A life event, which forces him to think, think about life, think, since thinking suddenly is the only thing left for him: The only things I still have are my imagination and my memory. The story is about coming to terms in the wake of a devastating news: You have survived due to the advances of technology. You had a cerebral stroke. And now, are you ready, Jean-Do?, now you are reduced to what people out there call a vegetable. What kind of vegetable? Une carot? Une patat? Une cornichon? There is hardly anything you can do about it. You are locked in. You are exposed to the good will of the people around you. You will have to swallow their jokes, the stupidities. Everything. You can not speak, you can not run, not hide, not rebel in any way.

Looking at city maps, one is confronted with one’s need for information or direction. Maps decipher the urban space as a coordinate system of locations and a system of lanes as possible routes to get to a desired location. The city from the point of the user-particle is decomposed into destination and route. Desire is resolved and neutralized through a jump (immersion) into traffic space, acquiring velocity; the city is distorted into quantum- mechanical condition of blur and drag. The last century has partly been busy in exposing the nature of mass traffic, to measure the cognitional noise produced in the process, almost as if it would be a psycho-active equivalent to friction-heat emerging out of the permanent collision and detour of atoms. Benjamin, Debord and many others have begun to install and propose ways to expose the nature of urban flows and transactions.

In fall 2007, the Platform for Analogue and Digital Production was installed at the Academy of Fine Arts with the purpose to analyze and redefine working- and production methods in the realms of architecture, design, engineering and sculpting. A key role is located in the potential of enabling an interaction of digital and analogue practices, especially the interaction of analogue and digital models. The possibilities within the process of design have been vastly expanded by hybridizing digital and analogue procedures. Method of the platform is a landscape-oriented capturing of the urban realm, understood as a continuum of distinct intensities and qualities. Current research is focusing on the exploration of experimental measuring and mapping techniques on a given territory. The so produced territorial models are aimed to be deployed and become operative in the articulation of (urban) building strategies. Understanding the responsibility of the building lying as much in the sheltering of the inhabitants as the sheltering of the site, the challenge is set in identifying, modeling and simulating ecological processes on the site and to adaptively insert an intervention that could be defined as trans-active architecture into the ecological continuum of the site. This will also determine what architecture is or can be, become once sited.

So this is where the Renaissance has led to; And we will be the only ones to know; So take a drive and breathe the air of ashes; That is, if you need a place to go; If you have to beg or steal or borrow; Welcome to Los Angeles, City of Tomorrow City of Tomorrow, City of Tomorrow - The following pages will comprise of the outline of an agenda, in derivation from the text above. Nine critical questions on general conditions particular to LA cast into built forms equipped with partial answers and instructions on how to proceed. The questions confine a field of investigation, are the lenses through which concepts of generation of spaces in dialogue with the city are elaborated. Solutions are bound to be incomplete but evidence the presence of a paranoia through translation into a material condition.







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