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19 October 2015 KETCHUP DROOL
Elena Nemkova
PPSL 2.0 BRAIN ACTIVITY RISES ESSENTIALLY DURING THE DAY-DREAMING AND IT CAN SOLVE PROBLEMS FASTER, NEW RESEARCH HAS SHOWN, 2011
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NOTS make for fascinating speculations, not just in relation to string theory and the by-now popular (or popularized) ‘theory of everything’, but also because they have tickled the fancy of many intellectuals, prompting the formulation of an alternative to alphabetical language.

The background theme of all the later searchings of Lacan, for example, is precisely that of the Borromean rings, a knotty way of producing a new vision of clinical psychoanalysis.

Elena Nemkova
Time-space distanciation. Walking in the wood for 46 min, Sculpture, 2013
Courtesy Galerie Sisso, Paris

Elena Nemkova works with the elaborations and manifestations of the inexplicable through investigating contemporary science and its findings on human nature and the world as such. Utilising a variety of media, from drawing to video, sculpture to performance, the artist magnifies the interconnected nature of things and the everyday production of intimacy, pronouncing primordial drives through measuring differences and possible convergences between seemingly unclassifiable dimensions. Sourcing her influences from neuroscience and its studies on cognition and the mapping of the brain, she carries out responses in the domain of the visual arts. By doing so, Nemkova seeks to understand some of the mechanisms that guide our society, to underline the existing abyss between progress and the widely diffused ‘scientific illiteracy’, which perhaps prevents a clear understanding by the majority of public of the importance of those discoveries.

Throughout the 1970s Lacan busied himself with rings of string, weaving knots and lattices in an attempt to construct a topological model that represented the human soul. Referring to one topological form which especially fascinated him during these years – the Borromean knot – his biographer Elisabeth Roudinesco wrote that these were the years that Lacan lived on “planet Borromeo” (p.377).

Lacan surrounded himself with a small group of fiercely intelligent young mathematicians to conduct this work. Michel Thomé and Jean-Michel Vappereau both exchanged around two hundred letters with Lacan on the subject of topology, with Vappereau being invited by Lacan to give a lecture on the Borromean knot at his seminar in 1978.

Elena Nemkova
WE REMEMBER EVENTS ARE NOT EXACTLY AS THEY HAPPENED N°1, 2012
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Lesson by Jean-Michel Vappereau, June 9, 2015
Jean-Michel Vappereau, A Method of Reading a Knot full text in pdf
Elena Nemkova
Given the choice, people prefer institutional arrangements in which those who over consume common-property resources are punished, 2011
Courtesy Galerie Sisso, Paris
An assortment of nautical knots are featured in this engraving from the French encyclopedia Le Larousse pour tous: nouveau dictionnaire encyclopédique (1907).
Featured in the original article.

A pale hysteria has emerged, in popular culture and in manycritiques—disconnected as they are from the capacity to sensecontending seismic currents. Beneath it lingers the moroseserenity of the anticipation of a coming catastrophe. Perhaps thisshows up as a failure of nerve, a loss of emancipatory horizons? 

We are all tied up in knots now. Or are we?

 

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