Laura Gonzalez

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13 May 2017

Yoga School Dropout by Lucy Edge*****

Reading dates: 4 March – 12 May 2017

For my yoga teacher training, which I will complete in July, I have been reading many yoga books. I was reading yoga books even before I started and wonderful as these classic, modern or manual texts are, they are of a particular kind. Lucy Edge’s book is like no other yoga book I have read. It is hilarious, personal, warm, enmeshed with life outside the mat, philosophical, down to earth, a travelogue, informative, loving … The other books I read were one or, at most three of these qualities, but not all. When I was traveling in India last December, I thought I would like to write a book titled ‘From ashram to ashram’ but this is it, this is what I wanted to write! I am glad it was Lucy Edge’s idea first, though, because she did a better job than I would have. I only have direct experience of one of the ashrams she visits, Amma’s in Amritapuri and I have to say that the account is very accurate so I can only assume she also has an observing eye for Osho, Ramana Maharshi, Rishikesh, Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram and the other sites she visits. Her narrative shows the strange but gets-under-your-skin India I know. The one of colours, flavours, madness and kindness. It makes you fall in love with the place.

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About Me

I am an artist and writer. My recent practice performance, film, dance, photography and text, and my work has been performed, exhibited and published in many venues in Europe and the US. I have spoken at numerous conferences and events, including the Museum for the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, the Medical Museum in Copenhagen, College Arts Association and the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society. When I am not following Freud, Lacan and Marx’s footsteps with my camera or creating performance works as part of my Athenaeum Research Fellowship at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, I teach postgraduate students at Transart Institute.

I am currently immersed in an interdisciplinary project exploring knowledge and the body of the hysteric. In 2013, together with Child and Adolescent Mental Health practitioner Frances Davies, I co-edited the book ‘Madness, Women and the Power of Art’, to which I contributed a work authored with Eleanor Bowen. My book ‘Make Me Yours: How Art Seduces’ was published by Cambridge Scholars in 2016. In this text, investigates psychoanalytic approaches to making and understanding objects of seduction, including an examination of parallels between artistic and analytic practices, a study of Manolo Blahnik’s shoes as objects of desire, a disturbing encounter with Marcel Duchamp’s last work, and the creation of a psychoanalytically inspired Discourse of the Artefact, a framework enabling the circulation of questions and answers through a relational approach to artworks.