Laura Gonzalez

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21 Sep 2008

A week in Lauraland

I got on with the first few lectures on this (astonishingly interesting but quite hard work); wrote a mischievous paper for this with my supervisor, who managed to move me to the core with words; marked dissertations from my Master students and assessed my year of teaching them; inducted the new lot; pondered about this, saw this and linked it nicely to Marx’s Capital; discussed photography with my friends; prepared a presentation for a talk here, bought this and wrote 75 thank you cards. I am determined that this will not fall by the wayside again so entries may get more… everyday-like. Feel free to psychoanalyze.

Image of the week (kindly shown to me by a photographer friend):

Rinko Kawauchi: «Untitled» (from the series Cui Cui), 2005 © Rinko Kawauchi

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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.