Laura Gonzalez


From perfect lovers to banality — 30 Nov 2009

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We take pictures, therefore we are — 20 Nov 2009

My review of Mike Robinson and David Picard’s The Framed World: Tourism, Tourists and Photography has been published in THES (No. 1,923, 19-25 November 2009, p. 50). If you want to find out what I think of it, click here.

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Matthias Schaller — 20 Nov 2009

I am reading a lovely book on Casanova’s self portraiture. It was written by Stefan Zweig and published by Pushkin Press. I do like the object books that Pushkin Press produce. They are tactile, and have wabi-sabi. The more the book lives in my handbag and travels with me, the more good-looking it becomes. But what I love most about it (apart from the subject matter) is the cover, which consists of a photographic image of a Venetian Palazzo interior. Having been to Venice a fair few times, I know these spaces, this grandeur is as mystical and alchemic as the famous womaniser. Very apt indeed. The back of my book tells me that it is by an artist called Matthias Schaller and, this week, I discovered with delight that the image is part of a series, Controfacciata. Aren’t his empty interiors just magnificent?

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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.