What Is Visible When Acting? Acting-Out, Passage à l’Acte and the Dialectics of the Gaze in Phenomenology and Psychoanalytic Theory

Authors

  • Cristian Bodea Department of Social and Human Research, Romanian Academy, Cluj-Napoca Branch

Keywords:

act, desire, gaze, objectify, the Other, presence without assignable present, the Real, (in)visible.

Abstract

The paper approaches acting from a phenomenological and psychoanalytic point of view. It sheds light on the intrinsic (i.e., invisible) resorts involved when someone is playing a role – or, better yet, assumes a role. In order to make these mechanisms visible, the paper relies on the premise that acting always involves an act. Using the Lacanian theory of acts, I demonstrate that there is a real process taking place when assuming a role, namely when the subject needs to objectify himself. This process can be traced back as far as the “time” of a pre-existent gaze. The aim of the paper is to substantiate the idea that it is necessary for the gaze to enter a dialectics in order for the subject to find its objective place. For illustration, two works of art are used: the performance The Artist is Present by Marina Abramovićand the movie A Woman Under the Influence by John Cassavetes.

Author Biography

Cristian Bodea, Department of Social and Human Research, Romanian Academy, Cluj-Napoca Branch

Cristian Bodea is a researcher in philosophy at the Department of Social and Human Research, Romanian Academy. He also teaches Introduction to Phenomenology at the Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca. His research concerns phenomenology, philosophies of subjectivity and embodiment, phenomenology of language, psychoanalysis, on which he published numerous articles. In 2018 he published the book titled Hiatus. Problema fenomenologică a inconști-entului (Hiatus. The Phenomenological Problem of the Unconscious) where he makes a connection between phenomenology and psychoanalysis in order to widen both the concept of language and the unconscious. In 2020 he co-edited with Delia Popa the collective volume titled Describing the Unconscious. Phenomenological Perspectives on the Subject of Psychoanalysis which aims at contributing to an in-depth understanding of the relationship between phenomenology and psychoanalysis.

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Published

2021-06-10

How to Cite

Bodea, C. (2021). What Is Visible When Acting? Acting-Out, Passage à l’Acte and the Dialectics of the Gaze in Phenomenology and Psychoanalytic Theory. Studia Universitatis Babeș-Bolyai - Dramatica, 66(1), 49–66. Retrieved from http://dramatica.ro/index.php/j/article/view/102