Laura Gonzalez

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28 Nov 2005

Favourite Seductive Objects

I met the very wonderful David Leddy last week. Everytime researchers meet, they end up talking about their obsessions so we swiftly moved from live arts, to cultural studies to seduction. I think we both enjoyed the conversation as we sent thank you email almost at the same time. His, had a little present. He said: “Attached is a photo of one of my favourite seductive objects. A pestle and mortar from the Moma design store. I love it so much that I use it as an ornament in my living room rather than a kitchen implement.”

David made me realise the importance of knowing more about personal seductions, specially since it seems I am veering towards a phenomenological approach. What objects make you rock? Can you upload pictures? Would you object me using them as part of my research?

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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.