Laura Gonzalez

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11 Dec 2008

Clinical diary

Those of you who do not read these pages through an RSS feed may have noticed that I have been busy. Indeed, my website has had a complete design overhaul following a Dada imperative. Welcome to Dadala, visually conceived by Neil Scott. I hope the new look will allow me to be more mischievous.

Aside from that, I have been to and fro London, Sheffield and Glasgow to see my supervisors. Supervision is not too far from therapy, as Sharon and I outlined in our paper, and I really needed these encounters. If anything, to know I am not going completely mad. I now have a thesis structure, a wonderful idea for a denouement chapter, a set of deadlines, and the clarity that my new piece of work has a place in what I do. This new piece is called Sujet Supposé Savoir, and is a work stemming from my experience of psychoanalysis, during which I kept a precise clinical diary. The 40,000 words of the diary are now on their way to becoming an A5, flesh coloured bookwork, where the reader-viewer will only be able to access keywords, headers and page numbers, as the rest will be printed on the same pink colour as the background of the page. It will still be printed, though, which means a nosy collector may one day read all about my unconscious defacing the artwork by running a pencil through the pages. That is the price. When it comes to the art world, one cannot have one’s cake and eat it, even through that is pretty much the rule of the unconscious.

Why would anyone want to read it, anyway? I suspect that there would be no surprises on what one would find there. Not even for myself. Especially not for me. Still, it is a highly seductive concept, I find, like those closed doors children always feel drawn to.

The pages also denote a rhythm, a rhythm of sessions, of black breaks, of invoices, of letters, of repetitious topics that keep coming back. A lull, a homely space, somewhere to return to. I don’t yet have images to post, but I’ll surprise you with them very soon. This work will go very well with the new web-me.

Posted in Blog, PhD, Practice, Psychoanalysis, Writing


One Response to “Clinical diary”

  1. Brian said:

    Laura,

    I love the new site look, especially the Grab Me! Very clever. Best of luck.

    Cheers,
    -b

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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.