French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan's sensitivity to discontinuity led him to end many therapy sessions short without any advanced warning, most often jarringly in the middle of an important word or phrase. He relied on what is known as the Zeigarnik effect-- in which "interrupted activities produce more associate materials than completed ones" --to allow the real of the unconscious to gush past the "cohesive" but distorted narratives that we may want to tell ourselves about the past.
May these jarring, color-soaked images propel your own imagination and memory as you move into 2012. May this movement be a mirror to your own parallel experiences and sensations (as LA-based composer and friend Jonathan Byram put it) as you look back to honor and express neural pathways created, destroyed, and enforced throughout 2011.
We are certainly grateful for ours.
Song is "Sinking Friendships" by Jonsi.
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