What is PAC?

PAC is an interdisciplinary and transinstitutional group, consisting of psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic scholars, members of academia, artists and neuroscientists. We engage in the in-depth rigorous inquiry and related projects involving the relations between psychoanalysis, arts, creative pursuits within arts and sciences, and their neuroscientific correlates.

The Psychoanalysis-Art-Creativity (PAC) interdisciplinary study group started out in September 2010, originally loosely affiliated with the the Institute of the Postgraduate Psychoanalytic Society, of which Eva D. Papiasvili, PhD, ABPP was at the time the Executive Director and Dean. As the membership became increasingly trans-institutional (faculty of various psychoanalytic institutes in New York, as well as members from academia and arts), the group became autonomous.

In the present time, the group meets every two weeks and each academic year the rigorous curriculum covering the connection of psychoanalysis with another subject, is followed and discussed. For instance, during 2010/11 the group studied Psychoanalysis and Visual Arts, during 2011/12 we studied Psychoanalysis and Literature, and during 2012/13 we study the connection between Psychoanalysis, Neuroscience/Neurology and the Arts.

Throughout, members of the group engage in collaborative studies, i.e. an ongoing psychoanalytic exploration of dream drawings and dream paintings throughout development, drawing on the material from psychoanalytic patients in New York but also from My Dream art competition in Pribor, Czech Republic, given to us for the purposes of the study by the Society of Sigmund Freud in Pribor (its president is also a corresponding member of PAC). The excerpts of the study were presented in October 5-6, 2012 Lucca conference "Age and Creativity" . The study is ongoing and it continues to focus on psycho-dynamic and developmental properties of the interplay between primary and secondary processes, in relation to ontogenetic development, the genesis of creativity, and trauma.

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