Laura Gonzalez


5 Oct 2008

Technical matters

My week’s work has been spent switching over to Mellel from Word (recommended to me by Michael) and backing up my journal entries from 2004 onto Mac-journal, images and all. I have to say, it has not been the most joyous way of spending time and I am still unsure as to whether this is useful stuff for my PhD (Mellel seems to be helping with visual decisions around my Clinical Diary piece), or if it is just a​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​p​​​​​u​​​​​​​​​​n​​​​​i​​​​​s​​​​​​h​​​​i​​​​​n​​​​​g​ ​​​​w​​​​​a​​​​​y​​​​​ ​​​​​o​​​​​​f​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​p​​​​​​r​​​​o​​​​​c​​​​​​​​​​r​​​​​a​​​​​s​​​​​t​​​​​​​​​​i​​​​​​n​​​​​​a​​​​t​​​​​i​​​​​n​​​​​​​​​​g​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​. I am getting to that point where the PhD is make or break; you know what I mean, when one has got to sit down and make sense of it, write it.

Having said tat, my job provided a useful day, for a change. I hosted one of the twice yearly student presentation events, where I invite a keynote speaker to talk about an aspect of their work that relates to research degrees. Nicky Bird led the day and it was wonderful to hear her talk about her struggles with the photograph below, and compelling to see her read excerpts of her examiner report. I was so surprised to see how little things have changed. I mean, we still worry about writing in relation to PhDs, but hers, the first practice-led one at Leeds University (completed in 1998) addressed the reader in first person.

I learned about writing props (what a fabulous idea) and I chose one for myself (Étant Donnés, of course). When I got home, I started on the introduction, in Mellel. Maybe I am not an irredeemable procrastinator, after all. I do know PhDs are ridden with guilt…

Photo of the week:


Ed Feingersh, 1955 (from Marilyn Fifty-Five: photographs from the Michael Ochs Archives by Ed Feingersh, text by Bob LaBrasca, Bloomsbury, 1990)

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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.