From the moment Freud first came up against repetition and the resistance of the symptom in his clinical practice and was thus forced to acknowledge a beyond of the pleasure principle that acts within the subject, the unconscious could no longer be conceived as a site of representations that are repressed because they are forbidden or inadmissible in the cultural or social sphere. This essay explores the manifestations and the consequences of this act in the clinical practice and in the domain of aesthetics, arguing that the act is not merely the source of the subject’s troubles but the manifestation of an unconscious quest by which we recognize desire.

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