Hands of V.

  1. The virgin sheet of paper in front of my eyes suggests the possibility of violence.
  2. A line drawn by hand on the surface of paper is the committed violence of differentiation.
  3. Violence is in human hands; it based on language, language which is a virus carrying the possibility of violence.
  4. Violence belongs to the other side of the symbolic matrix; passage à l’acte is an act of violent transgression of social bonds.
  5. The mirror surface assembling my image and reflecting it as my Doppelgänger brings another violence.
  6. The narcissistic agency of Ideal-Ich with its vertical identifications with the leaders of humankind is violence.
  7. Mass-media as narcissistic protheses are violence of desingularization and desubjectivation. And this process does not occur without the involvement of human hands.
  8. Controlling gaze and media voices belong to the imaginary Other of paranoiac violence.
  9. “Is” is violence. Hands off.

Victor Mazin, Ph.D., is a practicing psychoanalyst. He is the founder of Freud's Dream Museum in St. Petersburg (1999) and an honorary member of The Museum of Jurassic Technology (Los Angeles). He is the head of the department of theoretical psychoanalysis at the East-European Institute of Psychoanalysis (St. Petersburg), and associate professor at The Department of Liberal Arts and Sciences of St. Petersburg State University, honorary professor of the Institute of Depth Psychology (Kiev). He is also a translator from English and French into Russian, and was editor-in-chief of the Kabinet journal and member of the editorial boards of the journals Psychoanalysis (Kiev), European Journal of Psychoanalysis (Rome), Transmission (Sheffield), Journal for Lacanian Studies (London). He has published numerous articles and books on psychoanalysis, deconstruction, cinema and visual arts.