Laura Gonzalez

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On Ethics — 26 Nov 2004

One of the most amazing things about doing research is finding, along the way, selfless people who really want to help and suggest practitioners, texts or ideas. A project is a good project when people get interested and have opinions as it shows the general need for a piece of research to be carried out. Just today, I have been given a very nice book, learned someone has bought another relevant book for me thinking about a difficult area of my topic, been asked to write a series of monthly articles on the subject, been suggested a supervisor and a collaborator. If this rhythm of involvement and collaboration continues I will expect to be through the whole process in no time!

However, I am still weary about stealing research. Knowledge at this level is a contentious thing as I found out when Channel 4 stole part of one of my student’s topic, only to broadcast it on national television. You gain a PhD by making an original contribution to knowledge in a field of enquiry and having bits of outcome disseminated by someone else instantly invalidates its originality.

I will be careful here, even though I want to log my thoughts as often as possible. I will try to always keep something to myself, particularly in terms of method, the area where my contribution to knowledge aims to be. I will write about the ‘what’ and the ‘why’, keeping the ‘how’ for the selfless and wonderful people without whom all this would be impossible. They deserve it.

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The Beginning — 25 Nov 2004

Talking about one’s research project, when it hasn’t even started properly is a very difficult thing. For the time being, I can only articulate the working title, arrived at after much thought and consultation:

‘Leading Astray: towards a practice-based methodology for the creation of objects of seduction in Fine Art’

Hopefully, this will suffice until I look at it with a bit more perspective and a bit less attachment.

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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.