Laura Gonzalez


28 Aug 2008

Best abstract ever

I know, I know. Where have I been? Well, on my return from the exhibition, I realised, by giving a quick glance to the calendar, that I was to get married two months and a half later. Checklist said: no dress yet, no table arrangements, no transport, no flowers, no ceremony, no vows, no legal paperwork, no rings, no hen party, only half a honeymoon (I got my priorities right!). So there you have it. I kept the PhD ticking with only its vital constants, while I sorted out the mess I had been avoiding. It all went wonderfully, though, and in the time from the exhibition until August 2nd (W-day), I managed to cross all the items on that kilometre long to-do list. The day was better than I had dreamed, one to remember. And so was my hen party in Berlin and our honeymoon in Cascais.

When I returned, on the 15th August, though, my hard drive imploded, leaving me bereft of all my work from May 3rd, the last time I backed up my files (yes I know, but read the above paragraph). If you usually read this journal, you will realise that this is somewhat before the exhibition and that I lost all the photographs from an event that will not happen again in the same way. Thankfully, the Apple store geniuses really deserve the their job titles and a chap called Ewan retrieved 80% of the lost data: the images. What was lost was the diary I wrote. I have some notes about the general structure and writing things the second time usually takes less than the first time round. In any case, it is not too bad a result for my incompetence at keeping my files safe. Now, every Sunday, my diary says: “Back files” and damn me if I ever miss the appointment again.

So you see where my time has gone. but now I am back. And full of energy and commitment to this project. At least I’ll have that once I get my head round what it was I was researching. But so you are not too upset with me for disappearing without a word, I leave you something I found out while those vital constants were ticking. Isn’t it the best abstract ever?

Malcolm Ashmore (1989)The Reflexive Thesis. Wrighting Sociology of Scientific Knowledge. London, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

With thanks to Kathy O’Doherty, for introducing me to one of the most excitingly written PhDs I have ever encountered.

Posted in Blog, PhD, Writing

3 Responses to “Best abstract ever”

  1. LInda Herbertson said:

    Hi Laura! It’s great to see you back. Congratulations on your new status. I hope you’re kidding about the abstract or I’ll have to crack some stupid joke about what marriage does to our neurones…

  2. admin said:

    Hi Linda, it’s good to be back. I am really not kidding about the abstract although the fact that I am reading a good number of Masters dissertations with predictable abstracts may have something to do with my post. I think it is difficult to find exciting abstracts and I am curious to see why you did not think this fit the bill. It made me smile, and that is a lot for an abstract… Besides, it is from 1989!

    I am not sure what marriage has done to our neurones but I have a pretty good idea of the consequences of too much champagne and port… Lx

  3. LInda Herbertson said:

    I have been out of academia for many decades and the juxta-position of certain words (sociology, method, knowledge, etc.) called up associations in my mind such as hermetic, circular, boring, lacking in substance…

    Maybe the problem is that to “get it” I would have to read the thing several times and the brain gets lazy, looking for instant gratification… prose has to grab me or I switch off.

Leave a Reply

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.