Laura Gonzalez

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17 Jun 2005

Rejections

Although all the independent readers felt my proposal was very strong, neither Chelsea nor Central Saint Martins could offer me a place in their research degree programmes because they couldn’t find supervisors.

This is the feedback they gave me:

– I should consider doing a thesis only PhD, which, in my opinion, would go against my project as one of the problems with the field of seduction is the fact that it is so heavily theorised

– Because it is interdisciplinary neither art nor design want to own it: designers feel it is difficult for them to work with fine artists (objects with no function), fine artists feel threatened by the use of design methodologies

– The relevant visual work presented is not current. During the last 5 years, my practice has taken a more conceptual turn, focusing on sound installations and the spoken word. I decided to take a step back and revisit older works that dealt with seductive qualities of objects, as this new practice I was doing was unsuitable to explore the field

I was particularly interested in the second one as it denotes a problem, a gap in the field: if art and design is a subject area, why do artists and designers not work across disciplines?

I am disappointed because I won‚Äôt be able to start my project in October, as previously planned. CSM suggested that I speak to the ‘Design Against Crime’ project leader in order to develop the proposal to be submitted for next academic year.

I have been very shy in associated my proposal with designers, even though it is the underpinning methodology. However, I am going to try to speak to the RCA product design department and have already had a look at the Sheffield Hallam University programmes (they have an art and design research centre), which would make my commuting from Glasgow a lot easier…

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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.