It is cause for special joy – erotic, civilised, political – that a group of analysts can dedicate themselves to a social clinic sited in a public space of our city. It is important for psychoanalysis to be sufficiently strong so as to visit worlds and to live in contexts very different from its origins. It is a testimony to the real wealth of our public space to be able to invite and host a group of committed psychoanalysts, who do not differentiate psychoanalysis, citizenship and rights. The Vila Itororó Canteiro Aberto (open construction site) project project, intensely participative and creative of life forms, committed to the community who lives around it, was extremely sensitive and generous with a generation of new psychoanalysts who made themselves available for social life. From an invitation by artist Graziela Kunsch, who is dedicated to the human and political reparation of the traumatic elements incurred in the removal of the community who dwelled in the site before it was transformed into an official public space (treating the effects of cultural gentrification ), emerged the proposal for the development of a deeper and more qualified clinical work, thought around various devices and settingsin connection with her own research and action. Thus, the team of psychoanalysts for the new Public Psychoanalytic Clinic was formed.

These analysts are interested in and dedicated to conceiving a contemporary modality of social clinic, also open to the variety of creative practices that Vila Itororó’s aesthetic and political space, an in-process cultural centre, sustains. Indeed it is an encounter that articulates differences and knowledges, in search of a wider dream had in common. The potential space of Vila Itororó , besides aesthetic and political experimental practices already active in it, now enjoys the existence of a psychoanalytical clinic open to all, constant and free of charge, which seeks to articulate with the collective life that the notion of public space always supports. For the group of psychoanalysts, the new theoretical issue put forward by the work is that of conceiving and following up the development of unconscious impacts, as well as the unconscious integration, in the group, and of the group itself, of a subject that can sustain a multifarious intervention, in which more than one analyst is available to see the same person at different times.

With this perspective and challenge, it has become fully possible to sustain a clinical field conceived and designed to exist over a long period of time, indeed an unspecified length of time. For psychoanalysis, a central issue has always been the conception of clinic modalities that are capable of opening up its classic device: the individual sessions in a private clinic by the self-employed psychoanalyst and psychoanalysis understood as a service in the general market of health practices. Many social and institutional devices, of various natures, have always been supported by psychoanalysts interested in the democratisation of psychoanalysis and in the universal right to health. Abraham’s Berlin Psychoanalytical Polyclinic; the therapeutic and political sexpol by Reich; the continued action of the analyst, renewing psychoanalysis itself, in the public hospital by Winnicott; the psychoanalytical work and operative groups of Bion, Pichon Rivière and Bleger, in England and in Argentina; the psychoanalytical groups and institutions for the work with psychotics, by Didier Anzieu, René Kaës, Felix Guattari and Maud Mannoni; the Balint groups in hospitals; the psycho-social clinics of Rio-based Brazilian psychoanalysts; and the very impact of psychoanalysis and of psychoanalysts at the Psychosocial Care Centres (CAPs), the mature result of the Brazilian anti-asylum policies. These are just a few among the many like-minded projects that cross the path of the history of psychoanalysis and that today exist in Universities, Training Institutions and Institutions.

The work at Vila Itororó, with all its social and cultural particularities, comes to reaffirm this old desire of the psychoanalytical movement. The analysts involved think that, besides the social production in the clinic in action, it is necessary to revive and to found devices for the occupation of public spaces, when it is so alive inside us, but also, under the real risk in the symbolic and political detours in our country. Tales Ab’Sáber, July 2016