Posted by: Rajesh Shukla | April 29, 2010

Zizek on false life

Our most elementary experience of subjectivity is that of the “richness of my inner life”: this is what I ” really am,” in contrast to the symbolic determinations and mandates I assume in public life (father, professor, philosopher). The first lesson of psychoanalysis here is that this “richness of our inner life ” is fundamentally a (ak.e: a screen, a false distance, whose function is, as it were, to save my appearance, to render palpable (accessible to my imaginary narcissism) my true social-symbolic identity. One of the ways to practice the critique of ideology is therefore to invent strategies to unmask this hypocrisy of “inner life” and its “sincere” emotions,

Let us take a man who, deep down, cultivates sadistic fantasies while in public life he is polite, follows rules, and so forth; when he goes online to express those fantasies in a chat room, say, he is showing his truth in the guise of a fiction. But is it not the case, on the contrary, that the polite persona is the truth here and the sadistic fantasies serve as a kind of defense? As in a new version of the old Jewish joke: “You are polite, so why do you act as if you were polite ? ” Is not, then, the internet, where we
supposedly express on screen our deepest truths, really a site for the plajàng out of defensive fantasies that protect us from the banal normality that is our truth ? ”
—-Zizek on false life

—Ruben Brulat’s photography above
“By putting himself in the pictures, he uses his naked body to express this feeling of anonymity we have in La Défense neighborhood in Paris.”

“When i started taking photographs of myself, it became obvious that it was easier to understand the malaise i had in these places, by getting naked i was feeling in total symbiosis. The more i was taking shots, the more i was understanding. Because, creating a fiction, may bring you closer to reality.”–Ruben Brulat
Ruben’s website :


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