Laura Gonzalez


Ennui and the [big] Other — 26 Apr 2006

Today, I need a fair bit of cheering up and this almost did the trick for 3 minutes…

After that momentary ray of sun, I am black in Gloomy Blue. The [big] Other is already passing judgement in the form of split infinitives and what is generally considered good English. Don’t even have the energy to argue stylistic issues… I think I should try song writing and Morrisseyesque weird phrasings to counteract so much law and order…

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Split Flip — 23 Apr 2006

I have uploaded Split Flip, new draft Flash animations dealing with subjective contradiction, tembling, flips, spilts, obsessions and comic repetition. Click here to see them.

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Freud, Dali, and Dita — 23 Apr 2006

Watch the trailer:The death of Salvador Dali, written and directed by Delaney Bishop.

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On Seductive Women — 22 Apr 2006

They all have something to hide… and show…

Patricia Arquette as Renee Madison and Alice Wakefield in David Lynch’s Lost Highway

Dita Von Teese, pinup star, burlesque performer and muse of Agent Provocateur, photographed by Perou

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Come and hear me speak! — 11 Apr 2006

My abstract for the forthcoming Engaging Baudrillard conference has been accepted. I will be delivering a paper entitled Created to lead astray: Baudrillard’s seduction in contemporary artefacts at Swansea University between the 4th and 6th September 2006. Read my abstract.

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My Tangle of Thorns — 11 Apr 2006

Someone inadvertently reminded me today that I used to refer to my PhD as Humbert Humbert refers to his story in Lolita. I always wanted to say to my examination panel, while pointing at my voluminous thesis and looking at my seductive artworks:

Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, look at this tangle of thorns.

A tangle of thorns it feels as I go beyond merely toying with ideas to starting building a framework, or something along those lines… Conversations help. I never realised how much of a PhD is actually sparked by other people. My acknowledgements list grows and grows; I am a grateful person and want everyone meaningful to be represented. Remainders of a Catholic upbringing, no doubt. As S–– says, why lead astray from right behaviour? What is right behaviour? Right behaviour according to whom? Morals, values and ethics (together with phantasies and desires) are back into the equation and I hope Forrester’s chapter “Rape, Seduction and Psychoanalysis” holds some pointers for me. Or maybe I will find what I am looking for in casual conversations. I joined a psychoanalysis message board on LJ but seem to be merely talking to myself there… The tangle is getting more and more knotted, the thorns start to pierce.

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Updated profile — 10 Apr 2006

I always forget I do more than I think I do… As evidence, I updated my profile page.

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Thinking about doing, then writing; Or, the third entry on psychoanalysis — 9 Apr 2006

It is beginning to dawn on me that the process of undergoing analysis may not be the clean-cut objective and process-based approach to methods I have been thinking about. I will not be able to hide myself behind such and such theory, this or that concept. It will be subjective, and, undoubtedly, things I do not talk much about (like my mother, life before 1999, school, my relationship to my body, not being able to make art and the painful subject of friendship) are going to surface. I will have to approach my less favourite topic of conversation –my own self– and I am not really sure if I am totally prepared for this, or if I ever will. I am not scared, that is not it. I definitely want to go through with it and feel excited about finally doing something more than reading about psychoanalysis. What I have been realising lately is that I have been on the up since I started and there will be times when I am lost, when I don’t like it, when I don’t know why I am doing it. Psychoanalysis will probably exacerbate that, apart from blurring the boundary between my life and my PhD. What I am trying to say is: it will not be easy, probably it should not be, and I need to know that so I don’t get up and leave when things don’t go my way.

The very first step, finding a psychoanalyst in Glasgow, was not an straight forward task either. It involved a lot of phoning around, asking questions and trying to stop transactional analysis therapists wanting to help me (I am sure they could be very effective, just not now). It was a little like going for jobs: something told me this or that person was not right until I phoned JS. His approach was completely different to the rest, as if he KNEW. Transference places the analyst as the subject-supposed-to-know and I think this was already happening in that very first conversation. Very curious indeed, as I am not the sort of person to follow that kind of signs… He already had high marks on my list for defining himself as a psychoanalyst (not a psychotherapist) in the British Psychoanalytical Society webpages. I am seeing him on the 27th (aptly, the day my mother comes to visit). I have plan B, and maybe even C, if this does not work out. The key questions to resolve will be: is he a psychoanalyst; does he have a couch; does he want to work with me given my demande d¬íanalyse.

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More Tymoshenko — 7 Apr 2006

With thanks to Ben for pointing out the Street Hawk referents… Curious use of imagery, this one…

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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.