ci06Donald Woods Winnicott, F. Robert (FRW) Rodman, “Playing and Reality”.

For the last episode, I would like to introduce some different positions around the notion of “transitional phenomena” first introduced by the English psychoanalyst and clinical pedopsychiatrist, Donald Woods Winnicott. (1896-1971)

In the 50’s, D.W. Woods introduced the notion of transitional phenomena as a “third area”.
“The transitional phenomena represents the early stages of the use of illusion, without which there is no meaning for the human being in the idea of a relationship with an object that is perceived by others as external to that being.” 1
From this concept, D.W. Winnicott introduced within his practice, the “squiggle game” as a tool for child’s psychotherapy. What is a ’squiggle’?
“In this squiggle game I make some kind of an impulsive line-drawing and invite the child whom I am interviewing to turn it into something, and then he makes a squiggle for me to turn into something in my turn.” 2

In Irit Rogoff’s lecture at the Rotterdam Dialogues, “the curators” she engaged the notion of the audience involvement inside of the exhibition space and discourse. As she said, audiences are able to become a part of the nature of the exhibition.
From this proposal, there is a need to redefine each position in the curatorial paradigm.
Irit Rogoff asks what language do we have at our disposal to engage with the complex operations of exhibition making, viewing and responding?
To re-create or redefine a new linguistic system, she introduced a different method positioning which can as well define a new curatorial position.
My personal conviction is that the application of any part of the artistic experience allows the balance or the un-balanced but nevertheless the birth of the whole.

These two definitions by Donald W. Winnicott and Irit Rogoff, can for me also be thought of in regards of the implications of online life to ourselves.
Does the online space offer a transitional phenomena similar to a squiggle game?
Or can we consider it as such a transformation for us that it introduces engaged position in our real life as the new curatorial position proposed by Irit Rogoff?

  1. “Playing and Reality” Donald Woods Winnicott, F Robert FRW Rodman- 2005 - p8
  2. p11


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