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In Relation - Site summer series

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A series of talks, conversations and film screenings about what it is that brings us together

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The Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis would like to welcome you to our summer programme, In Relation, starting Saturday 19 June and running weekly either on Wednesday nights or Saturday afternoons over Zoom.

• Week one: Saturday 19 June, 2-4pm

Laura Chernaik: Having something, having nothing, and standing in relation

• Week two: Saturday 26 June, 2-4pm

Angela Kreeger: From Olive Oyl to Laplanche – a long and winding road

• Week three: Wednesday 30 June, 6.30-8.30pm

Nick Blackburn: The bomb that will bring us together – on psychoanalytic writing

• Week four: Saturday 10 July, 2-4pm

Shalini Masih: Under the banyan tree – psychoanalytic engagement in an indigenous healing site

• Week five:Wednesday 14 July, 6.30-8.30pm

Jane Haynes and Jutta Laing: In conversation. The breath of life – celebrating our mortality

• Week six: Wednesday 21 July, 6.30-8.30pm

Niya B: Ekdysis. Film and talk

• Week seven: Wednesday 28 July, 6.30-8.30pm

Luisa Pretolani Bloom: They’re looking at you … LOOK BACK! Film and talk

Tickets cost £10-20 for individual sessions and £60-120 for the series. Discounts for Site members and trainees, and international attendees.

Recordings of some sessions will be available to watch after the event.

Laura Chernaik: Having something, having nothing, and standing in relation

Saturday 19 June, 2-4pm

Martin Buber’s I/Thou is relational: “Whoever says You does not have something; he has nothing. But he stands in relation,” (Martin Buber, I and Thou). Building on Buber’s argument, when we say We, do we stand in relation to Them? Or, are we not standing in relation? As Andre Green suggests, is this an avoidance, a defense, against nothing, against negation?

Laura Chernaik is a psychoanalyst in private practice, a member of The Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis. Her publications include Social and Virtual Space (Fairleigh Dickinson Press, 2005) and New Hope, a science fiction novel (Kindle 2016). Work in progress includes In Your Stories: psychoanalytical listening, A discussion of a range of psychoanalytical history and theory from Freudian to Ferenczian and Lacanian to Relationalist with short stories fictionalising the practice.


Angela Kreeger: From Olive Oyl to Laplanche – a long and winding road

Saturday 26 June, 2-4pm

As a child my attention was caught by Olive Oyl, the companion of Popeye. She wanted to be a ‘conversationalist’ – and this is what I am, of a particular strain called a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. Adam Phillips has said that analysis enables both patient and therapist to live life more fully. I find the work endlessly fascinating, absorbing, interesting, testing and life changing – and I hope the people I see get as much from it as I do.

Angela Kreeger is a psychoanalyst in private practice and a member of the Site council

Nick Blackburn: The bomb that will bring us together – on psychoanalytic writing

Wednesday 30 June, 6.30-8.30pm

Shortly after my father died unexpectedly in 2018, I began watching videos on YouTube about the nuclear accident at Chernobyl and its aftermath, where wild nature is reclaiming the former urban areas nearby. Watching initiated a process of writing, which became a book named after the makeshift radiation cover for the power plant – Shelter Object – which became a book called The Reactor. With the hope of a lively discussion, this talk will involve some readings from my own work and elsewhere, and trace some connections between psychoanalysis, “the hysteric”, artworking, trauma and the law.

Nick Blackburn is a psychoanalyst in private practice. He studied for a PhD at Trinity College, Cambridge in Renaissance literature, where he taught English for several years. He then moved into theatre at English National Opera and The Wooster Group in New York, before training as a psychoanalyst with the Site, where he is now Acting Chair. As a therapist, he has worked with MIND and the Single Homeless Project and has a particular interest in working with anxiety and trauma as well as LGBT+ patients. His first book, The Reactor, is about psychoanalysis, creativity and annihilation. It will be published by Faber early next year.

Shalini Masih: Under the banyan tree – psychoanalytic engagement in an indigenous healing site

Saturday 10 July, 2-4pm

This talk will be geared towards giving the audience a taste of the flavour psychoanalysis acquires when it travels to the Indian terroir. As a psychoanalytic researcher in a temple famous for exorcism rituals the author struggled to converse with her participants. As a result, a language had to be conjured infused with the spirit of psychoanalysis but driven to meet the possessed person where s/he was.

Shalini Masih PhD is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice in Delhi. She also offers supervision to other psychoanalytic psychotherapists. She has taught psychoanalysis to trainees at Ambedkar University in Delhi. She has worked with traumatised children and adolescents and with psychotic young adults. Her doctoral thesis was a psychoanalytic study on ‘Beauty in Ugliness in Spirit Possession and Exorcism’. Her interest lies in dissociation, psychosis, dreams and nightmares, the impact of motherhood on the clinician, cultural processes and the kind of psychoanalysis feasible to a given cultural soil.

She has presented papers at a number of national and international psychoanalytic conferences. Recently one of her papers was nominated for best article in the 2020 Gradiva Awards. She is constantly in awe of the psyche and learning to become a mother to her toddler daughter.

Jane Haynes and Jutta Laing: In conversation. The breath of life – celebrating our mortality

Wednesday 14 July, 6.30-8.30pm

Jane Haynes trained as a Jungian psychoanalyst at the Society of Analytical Psychology but defected after realising that the transference was no longer the alpha and omega of her clinical work. She is a founder member of the Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and continues to be committed to the role of the unconscious and the question of the origins of the self.

Haynes met Jutta Laing after she read The Divided Self and gave up her career in the theatre to work as personal assistant to R.D. Laing during the Dialectics of Liberation in 1967. They share a profound experience of motherhood.

Haynes worked in St Petersburg where she was responsible for helping to develop a post graduate training at the Eastern European Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies. Author of several books including Who Is It That Can Tell Me Who I Am?, with an introduction by Hilary Mantel. She continues to work on Zoom and face to face in full time practice. www.intheconsultingroom.com

Jutta Laing was four years old in 1944 when her family fled the Russians by boarding one of the last trains out of Upper Silesia into the unknown, carrying few possessions. In Germany, as a refugee, she spent seven years in camps, in crammed spaces of squalor and alienation. In Stuttgart she studied graphic design. In 1965 she left for London with a list of five names given to her by a friend. First on that list was R.D. Laing, who invited her to live with him at Kingsley Hall.

She met Jane Haynes in 1967.

For many years Laing has been working professionally through the body using the breath to develop awareness. “I didn't realise, until I experienced profound tragedies in my own family, how developing a heightened experience of internal peace can soothe a suffering mind.”

Niya B: Ekdysis, film and talk

Wednesday 21 July, 6.30-8.30pm

In Greek mythology, the seer Tiresias was allegedly transformed into a woman for seven years for disturbing two copulating snakes on Mount Cyllene. Niya B re-reads this myth from an eco-transfeminist lens through ritual performances, workshops and sonic explorations. The project is called Ekdysis – the biological term for the process of shedding the external layer of the skin in reptiles. Counteracting the traditional, patriarchal way of manufacturing history, Niya B engages with her own autobiography to re-envision this metamorphosis as a transgender mythopoesis, which is directly affected by ecology, the feminine/Other and the non-human.

Ekdysis is an ongoing project which is displayed through live actions, moving image and installations. In this iteration, Ekdysis manifests as a single-channel video following an autoethnographic journey in the land that holds the mythological events of metamorphosis.

This project has been made possible with support from Arts Council National Lottery Grants.

Niya B is a transfeminist artist working at the intersections of visual art and performance exploring themes related to ecology, (trans)gender politics and equity in mental health. Niya uses video, soundscapes, text and live acts to create a meditative space of vulnerability, affect and interdependence.

Selected shows include: From Tomorrow (Tate Britain, London); WIP: Work in Progress/Working Process (online); Cultural Institute commission (Leeds); Futureless (Somos Art, Berlin); Ekdysis, solo (Enclave, London); NEoN digital arts festival (Dundee); Unfix (CCA, Glasgow); Eco-futures festival, Disorders, Translucent, Queer Artists Now, Fringe!, @disturbance (London); Emergency (Manchester); Trans:plant, solo (London), International Print Biennale (Newcastle); 5th Moscow Biennale; 5th Thessaloniki Biennale.

Niya was awarded with an a-n bursary and a Jerwood bursary in 2020. Ekdysis installation (2020) features in the publication Future Now (Aesthetica Art Prize 2021).


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Image credits: Still from video, Performance on site, Mount Cyllene, Greece. Niya B ©2021

Luisa Pretolani Bloom They’re looking at you … LOOK BACK! Film and talk

Wednesday 28 July, 6.30-8.30pm

This presentation focuses on perception using the video camera as a movement for the perception of the ‘other’ and an instrument to create awareness and self-awareness. I’m looking at fiction and non-fiction films when the telling of one’s story through the video camera incidentally becomes a cathartic vehicle, comparing this to the telling of one’s story during the analytical process that takes place in the therapeutical space.

Luisa Pretolani Bloom is a filmmaker and a Site-graduated psychotherapist and psychoanalyst working in private practice. After gaining a MA in History of the Middle Ages at Bologna university (Italy), Luisa graduated with a MA in Filmmaking and Media from The New School in New York. When she moved to London in 2011, Luisa became greatly involved with the local community where she co-founded and directed a local association of residents and the charity Draper Together. The aim was to create a network of support whilst sharing tools of empowerment for and with the local residents who were facing one of the greatest regenerations in Europe at the Elephant and Castle.

In 2020 the charity under her direction was awarded Arts Recovery Fund by the Arts Council to keep enabling the local community to explore their own narrative using film, theatre and art after the Covid lockdown. Luisa has volunteered as a therapist for MIND and is a member of the Site Council.

Her film work spanning over 20 years includes the feature documentary Mandy’s Choice, the Italian feature films trilogy Tanabess, Tizca and Berbablù, and the award-winning shorts The Glove, The Lift, Opening Night, Wor/lds.

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The SITE for Contemporary Psychoanalysis is a training organisation and a member of the Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis College (CPJA)  of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). All graduates are eligible for UKCP registration.

The Site was established in October 1997 by psychotherapists who wished to create a training programme and an association that would foster critical, reflective and imaginative thinking about psychoanalysis and its contemporary practices.

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