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Those two talk each other.

 

Conversation con… Giorgio Venezia[1] and Aurora Amico[2].

 

 

 

 

The day was very windy, an almost cold-day on this very un-Sicilian 25th of April, the sea ready to rise does not invite boats or swimmers : we met with Aurora years ago on Facebook, and we’ve been reading to each other ever since, but my trip along Sicily was a unique opportunity to really meet and we arranged this rendez-vous a few kilometers from Marsala where Aurora settled with her family. The day before yesterday was St. George, a saint so loved in the Ragusa area that the children themselves carry him in procession – well in advance of the adults who will parade on Sunday – and they are very busy, especially the porters are proud : infact, saint George is not just anyone, he is a knight victorious over the dragon that has always tried to subjugate us, and which often populates even the most difficult dreams.

Towards the evening, the wind dropped wonderfully, the colours therefore clear, without harshness. Giorgio and Aurora talked each other for the first time many years ago, a few kilometers from here, designing a future they didn’t foresee because they were both already studying something else : Giorgio was university student at the Faculty of ‘Geology’, Aurora at the Faculty of ‘Literature’. They decide to change.

At first Giorgio, then Aurora move to Paris where, at the ‘Institut Supérieur de Rééducation Psychomotrice’ (I.S.R.P.)[3] they can delve deeper into what interests them, that is “how the psychophysical, emotional, affective, intellettual, motor difficulties – as experienced and expressed by the body - are detected, prevented and treated.” An unknown universe opens up to them, which however requires enormous commitment and dedication, and they both demonstrate that they are gifted with these. The rest is predictable : they obtain the title of psychomotricist, they get married and set home at Marsala where they begin to work at the ‘Consorzio Siciliano di Riabilitazione’[4]. In costant training, with their firstborn of just six months in tow, they graduated in ‘Terapia della Neuro e Psicomotricità dell’Età Evolutiva‘ (TNPEE) at the ‘Università degli Studi – Magna Graecia’ of Catanzaro, between the seats of Matera and Montalbano Ionico.

“Since then we have never stopped studying, in order to then apply it in treatments” – says Giorgio who, even after Maikol arrived in the family six years ago, continued together with Aurora to evaluate and get the most updated information that is continuously offered in the field of neuropsychomotricity. “I am now close to obtaining – he says simply - a specific certification (Master) in ‘Augmentative and Alternative Communication and assistive technologies’ (AAC) where the support and help of Artificial Intelligence and the digital medium are becoming valuable for the treatment of serious neuropathologies, in which verbal and oral communication are absent or very reduced…

However, playing remains what you start with, with a child : there is no child who does not make use of his skills in playing…”

“How will I be able to get in touch with you ? Here is the question with which we prepare to meet for the first time a child with a serious pathology” – Aurora intervenes. “And it is also the question that we continually keep in mind when working with children, because every time it’s about re-building together with a child his, or her, thinking of a reliability that has instead disappeared, and to resume a thread that had been interrupted, for a fruitful partnership with the other…”

“To touch a stop to one’s thinking, graze that traumatic interruption that a child remembers and hates at the same time, is one of the most difficult, unfortunately frequent and even painful moments in our work…” - adds Gorgio who has been practicing for years the neuropsychomotricity in the pool, therefore with the patient entering the water. “If I don’t know how to swim, all I have to do is hold on to you who are close to me: if this gestures proves beneficial for the child, the other to whom he, or she, has clung becomes interlocutor with a reliability that cannot waver even out of the water” -  Giorgio reminds. “Water is a real intermediary of the relationship…”

“And music, dance above all are a very powerful hook for relating”- Aurora reflects.

“But the voice first and foremost, the tone of voice hooks the other, or not” – Giorgio underlines. “A child with a disability understands with incredible sensitivity your tone of voice, the change of tone and responds in his own way : there is really a rendez-vous here, because if I offer you sincere attention you also accept my observation, the reproach, my severe tone; while, if you talk to me ‘standard’, with clichés, even if you have a pleasant tone of voice, then you have deceived me and I will no longer have reason to trust you…”

What is gratitude ?

“When parents are incredulous, at discharge, faced with a change that no longer seemed possible : with children, however, gratitude remains a secret of the relationship, sometimes still very difficult to communicate.”

 

At care of Marina Bilotta Membretti / Cernusco sul Naviglio – June 6th, 2024

 

 

[1] Giorgio Venezia is doctor in ‘Terapia della Neuro e Psicomotricità dell’Età Evolutiva’ (TNPEE).

[2] Aurora Amico is doctor in ‘Terapia della Neuro e Psicomotricità dell’Età Evolutiva’ (TNPEE).

[3] ‘Institut Supérieur de Rééducation Psychomotrice’ (ISRP) was established in 1967 by Giselle Soubiran, a physical therapist who developed the Psychomotor Therapy (PMT) as a rehabilitation body-centered technique that investigates and treats inadequate or inappropriate motor behaviour in various situations, usually linked to psycho-emotional problems or neuromotor dysfunctions. Giselle Soubiran developed the concept of psychomotor therapy (PMT) as a proper rehabilitation therapy in the 1950s while working as a physical therapist at the ‘Henri Roussel Sainte-Anne Hospital’ in Paris, in the ‘Child Psychiatry’ ward of professor Julian de Ajuriaguerra. Today, ISRP has three campuses in France, located in Paris, Marseille, and Vichy : over the years ISRP successfully trained over 7,000 psychomotor therapists in France.

[4] ‘Consorzio Siciliano di Riabilitazione’ started in 1967 as Catania Dept. for A.I.A.S. (Associazione Italiana Assistenza Spastici) : today it is the main reference point in Sicily Region for rehabilitation with 19 accredited centers from the ‘Assessorato Regionale alla Sanità’.

AdolesSsence.

Above, Tsukiko Omachi in a sequence from ‘Gli anni dolci’ Vol.1, by Jirō Taniguchi[1] (2010, RCS Libri Spa) on the novel by Hiromi Kawakami.

 

 

It is a very traditional fable, but played in that rebel frame able to seduce because you inspire a scent, a really intriguing essence : the essence of an adolescence, legal assent to an ‘I-would-but-maybe-not’, of a passing to adults which provokes and annoys, thin purple veins in the dazzling pink of Tokyo’s blooms, one cannot easily tear oneself away from beauty. And the other, as a matter of fact, will never enter Tsukiko’s appointments. Jirō Taniguchi manages very well to make visual that falling in love with oneself which the novel explains in detail : the greatness of a mangaka[2] also lies in his, or her rare ability to know how to publish, without necessarily assent, a law which others have approved.

Matsumoto Harutsuna is an attentive observer and of memory, focused on mathematics and fond of literature, a quiet and reasonable man, so un-samurai. But for Tsukiko Omachi he remained ‘the teacher’ whose name she doesn’t remember, the man who could pass or fail in high school, an immovable signifier in the traditional boss-victim pairing, a resonance now useless but formally emancipated : and, above all, he was married.

What is needed then is a will, imaginative although preordained, to the absence of will, so that she – however always punctual according to the clock - can finally remove the other she encounters, without encountering him at all. She is already fully autonomous, except for aesthetics.

 

Marina Bilotta Membretti / Cernusco sul Naviglio – April 22, 2024

 

 

 

[1] Jirō Taniguchi (1947-2017) : devoted to comics since a child, he decides to make it his profession and moves to Tokyo, his first work is ‘Kurorohorumu’ (1970). In 1971 he wins the coveted competition announced annually by the publisher ‘Shogakukan’ with ‘Tōi koe ’ and in 1975 he begins publishing his first series ‘Namae no nai dobutsutachi’. Notable are his collaborations with famous writers : Natsuo Sekikawa, Caribu Marley, Shiro Tosaki, Ryuichiro Utsumi, Baku Yumemakura and up to Hiromi Kawakami. His competence to write stories, of which he is also the author, establishes his artistic and communicative maturity : in 1986 he publishes ‘Blanca’, then ‘Aruku hito’ (1990), ‘Harukana machi-e’ (1998) and a great number of other works. In 1992 he wins the ‘Shogakukan’ award again with ‘Inu o kau’ and many subsequent awards. Deeply interested in European comics and able to grapple in very different environments, Taniguchi matures his own realistic and minimal style that makes him appreciated even abroad, where he obtains important recognitions.

[2] ‘Mangaka’ in the Japanese languages indicates a professionist author of comics.

tauromachy.

 

 

It has a very ancient origin which even touches the legendary Minotaur, devourer of humans in old Crete, the furious ‘King-Taurus’ with the hexagonal head of a beast, incapable of thinking and locked in the famous Labyrinth.

However the representation – even mental and imaginative - of a ‘Plaza de Toros’ can hardly justify the primary modality of bullfighting as the ‘law’ of human motion or unconscious, being instead a product of the History of cultures, where the other already enters degraded to a stage ornament, the Bull in fact.

In Art, Picasso makes it his coscientious and manneristic persecution because in the menacing and/or menaced guise of that ‘head-without-thought’ he puts in, from time to time, his own head, or that of the Woman, or that of the Victim[1]. Neverthless for his predecessor Goya the dark ambiguity of dementia, which he perfectly describes in the horrors of wars as well as in the laughters of ferocious children[2], far from allowing him a safe haven, instead passes into a very risky and fluid comfort-zone.

Little is still known about this culturally induced operation – degradation under threat of removal – although it is an operation which easily moves both in the individual and in History, and without fear of borders of any kind.

 

Marina Bilotta Membretti / Cernusco sul Naviglio – April 13, 2024

 

In photo : the oldest Spanish ‘Plaza de Toros’ at Ronda, wonderful town in Andalusia, founded by Celts in a strategic position in the 6th century b.C., and with the Arab structure of the 11th century a.C. intact. Since 2011 in Spain the ‘bullfights’ have been legally abolished.

 

 

[1] Pablo Picasso (1881-1973): ‘The kiss’ (1925), ‘Crying woman’ (1937), ‘Guernica’ (1937).

[2] Francisco Goya (1746-1828): the series of ‘Children Games’ for the Santa Barbara’s Royal Manufacture of Tapestries (1786-1791), ‘Capriches’ (1799), ‘Disasters of War’ (1810-1820). A beautiful exhibition on Goya was recently held in Milan, ‘Goya. La ribellione della ragione‘, at the Palazzo Reale (October 31, 2023 – March 3, 2024). Interesting is also a recent graphic-novel by Otto Gabos ‘Francisco Goya. La tentazione dell’abisso‘ (2023).  

Es ist stärker als ich[1]  

 

 

 

In admitting the presence of ‘I’ – although conflicted – this indicates the starting point of a competence work, science of one’s own thinking, even when one’s thinking had the access keys hanging up on a nail, and perhaps was already retreating into an autonomy of relationships.

Perversion admits of no starting point, finding in one’s own reactive formation that comfort and that justification which asks them nothing more than to package – even beautifully – someone else’s thinking.

 

Marina Bilotta Membretti / Cernusco sul Naviglio – February 28, 2024

 

 

Original painting by Gianni Russomando[2]

 

 

[1] In ‘L’Io e l’Es’, S. Freud (1922) OSF Vol.9 Bollati Boringhieri, pp.486-487 Freud cites G. W. Groddeck, ‘Das Buch vom Es’ from which he drew inspiration to name ‘Es’ the pleas of ‘I’ in conflict with Superego. In ‘Il pensiero di natura. Dalla psicoanalisi al pensiero giuridico’, SIC Edizioni (1998) Cap.II ‘La Carta o Enciclopedia del pensiero di natura’ – Parag. 16, p.121 Giacomo B. Contri says : “Freud instead made a point of underlining that his ‘Es’ is precisely that of the common expression ‘es ist stärker als ich’, ‘it’s stronger than me’.” When literally translating ‘it is stronger than I’, the German language offers us a clear comparison between the two terms ‘it’ and ‘I’ which the analysand often and confidently mentions, but finding himself, or herself, unprepared to analyze.

[2] Gianni Russomando, biographical note : “I’m born in Vercelli (1956), graduated at the ‘Istituto di Belle Arti di Vercelli’, I describe myself as an ‘amanuense’ (medieval hand-painter) and far from expositions and competitions.”

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