Janet Chasseguet-Smirgel and Dimora Pines; ICA, London; 19/5/86

Janet Chasseguet-Smirgel, leading Janet Chasseguet-Smirgel, leading French psychoanalyst (President of the Societe Psychanalytique de Paris in France) and a doctor in political science, discusses the manifestation of the developing Green Party in Germany.

Chasseguet-Smirgel links this to the unconscious guilt of the descendants of Nazi-occupied Germany. Denial is a prevalent attribute found in this type of guilt. However, guilt must find an outlet and clinical cases confirm that displaced guilt often reappears in children and grandchildren of both victims and persecutors from this war saturated period. At the time, bold protest slogans were appropriated for the Green Movement such as, "Jews were gassed in gas chambers, We are gassed in the streets", which Chasseguet-Smirgel questions, commenting on the intensity and aggression behind a movement that is based on peaceful, nonviolent rationale.

She illustrates her theme with excerpts from Thomas Mann, Sophie Scholl, and a play titled 'Black Swan'. The lecture is followed by an audience question and answer encapsulating themes of guilt, good and evil, and denial.


Accession No. WAA.021/022
Artist: Janet Chasseguet-Smirgel and Dimora Pines
Container annotation: Anti-Semitism & the Green Theatre. On some manifestations of unconscious guilt in Germany today, Chair: Dimora Pines
Place/Year: ICA, London 19/5/86
Type: Discussion
Technical aspects:
Duration: 90'
Tape capacity: 90
Tape brand: Maxell