By exhibiting his locomotive trail, the graffiti artist invents a city for himself where his identity fantasies unfurl; thanks to these, he hopes to integrate his relation with others by making himself the object of his own practice. Then the street is no longer divided up into “ territories ”, but into moments of history, pieces of time, allowing the singularities that are being tried out to veer towards what is calling from outside. Not a production of works but of what is at work in it, the street sprayed with graffiti exudes the excesses and uncertainties of adolescence by inserting into actuality the figures of an archaistic drive that can be sublimated.
The purpose of this article is to explore the street as a space for the adolescent’s possible confrontation with the newness of the pubertaire, in terms of radical alterity and possible encounter. This will lead us to develop the dialectic between the intra-psychical world of the adolescent, confronted with the effects of the inaugural real of the pubertaire, and the world of the social, as a place for the possible figuration of this real by the encounter with other of the Other sex. Here we will revisit the dialectical issues of theoretical perspectives developed by the revue Adolescence (Philippe Gutton) and those argued by le Bachelier (Jean-Jacques Rassial), moving from an intra-psychical and intra-familial reference to that of the social as a place for the constitution of the adolescent symptôme.
Through a brief linguistic and anthropological reading, the author isolates the structuring representations of the street. He then interrogates the vacuity of this street and formulates an hypothesis which articulates the emptiness of the street with the incapacity of the adolescent’s human environment. For him, the street’s explosions are the reflection of the adult’s incoherence and insufficiency. Through a clinical case, the author proposes framework for constructing a network in a troubled neighborhood. For the author, this methodology implicates clinical psychology and psychoanalysis in the social field.
This issue of Adolescence actually serves as an occasion for a discreet renewal of thinking about the conditions in which adolescents and psychoanalysts encounter each other. The street is the signifier now chosen to reflect on the adjustment of settings to cultural developments. In addition, the street is not only a place where an opening of the familial enclosure happens: the theme of the treatment. It is also a space-time of subjectivation “ among peers ”, governed by “ peer group law ”.