“5 January. Yesterday evening, during my walk, every little street sound, every eye turned towards me was more important to me than myself.” – Franz Kafka, on the Real gaze


“The superego is the idea of ourselves, in the sense of a self which we know we are not, but we think we should represent it to the social sphere.” – We are humiliated when it becomes apparent to others that we are not that which we try to represent. This experience of humiliation takes place even when no others are there as witnesses of our actions, because others are always present in our behaviour in form of the gaze. The gaze is the presence of others regardless of the actual presence of anyone. – ANDRE VANTINO