The Symptom 12 is another one of the offerings aimed at the commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of Jacques Lacan's death. The images of Ostalgia, the actual show at the New Museum, zigzaging across contemporary cultural writings, highlight international affinities that indirectly question certitude in Western historical paradigms.
Ostalgia, from the German word "ostalgie," a term that emerged in the 1990s to describe a sense of longing and nostalgia for the era before the collapse of the Communist Bloc, puts together our mutual longing, still across the globe, yet at the same Jacques Lacan time, in culture and space.
And the protest spirit suddenly out there, Wall Street is booing, "…we are all losers" isays Slavoj Zizek, dressed in a red tee-shirt, while vigorously gesticulating on top of a little bench, "but the true losers are down there on Wall Street. They were bailed out by billions of our money. We are called socialists, but here there is already socialism — for the rich. They say we don't respect private property. But in the 2008 financial crash-down more hard-earned private property was destroyed than if all of us here were to be destroying it night and day for weeks. They tell you we are dreamers; the true dreamers are those who think things can go on indefinitely the way they are. We are not dreamers; we are the awakening from the dream that is turning into a nightmare. We are not destroying anything; we are only witnessing how the system is destroying itself. We all know [inaudible] from cartoons. The cat reaches a precipice, but it goes on walking, ignoring the fact that there is nothing beneath its ground. Only when it looks down and notices it he falls down. This is what we are doing here. We are telling the guys there on Wall Street, 'Hey! Look down!'"…