Laura Gonzalez


6 Sep 2008

Das Kapital and dizziness

Of course, having been out of the loop with my journal means I also have been out of the loop wit that of others. I am catching up now, almost finishing reading June. I couldn’t let one post pass, though, as it is another clear example of how I have to be careful with what I wish because it may become true. The excellent Larval Subjects cited RoughTheory who in turn linked to David Harvey. It is not the journey that is referred to when I mentioned dizziness in the title, it is what I found when I got there. Distinguished Professor Harvey, of CUNY is doing a close reading of Marx’s Capital in 13 2-hour lectures, downloadable on audio and video. I have always dreamed of something like this happening. But just as I found out when I listened to Zizek’s masterclass on Lacan, I know that the next few walks to work and the forthcoming sessions at the gym are going to be hard going.

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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.