Laura Gonzalez


17 Nov 2007

Donnie Darko

Isn’t Donnie Darko an amazing film? Such a beautiful portrayal of unconscious processes, 80s music (Love will tear us apart…), paranoic behaviour, teenage love, phantasy, trauma, the hope of therapy, the imaginary, the social bond, educational philosophies and politics, and science fiction. It’s so inspiring, I could watch it over and over again (I mean, Grandma Death!). There is also a link to be made between Donnie Darko and Inland Empire, with its exploration of the unconscious and the rabbits… When I am done with this bit of research I am engaged in, I should return to explore this. Does anyone know good books/papers I shouldn’t miss?

Posted in Blog, Notes to self

5 Responses to “Donnie Darko”

  1. Maria said:

    Hi, Laura. Have you listened to the commentary track with the director and Kevin Smith on the director’s cut dvd? If not, you should. It is really good.
    Un saludo. Encuentro tus intereses muy interesantes 🙂

  2. Laura Gonzalez said:

    I will, thanks! Did they change the film at all in the new edition? Gracias por tus alentadores comentarios.

  3. Maria said:

    Yes, I have read that they changed somethings and it is longer. But I have only seen the director’s cut so I cannot really compare. Anyway, try to get the director’s cut dvd because all the extra material is pretty fun. And the commentary is revealing if you are interested in how he constructed the story and why he chose certain elements to tell it. It is such a wonderful movie.

  4. Barney said:

    Alices Adventures in Wonderland?

  5. Laura Gonzalez said:

    You are right, Barney. I shouldn’t miss Alice…

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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.