Laura Gonzalez


26 Sep 2011

Two forthcoming films about hysteria

Hysteria, by Tanya Wexler

A Dangerous Method, by David Cronenberg

Posted in Blog, Hysteria, Notes to self, Psychoanalysis, Watching

2 Responses to “Two forthcoming films about hysteria”

  1. Michael said:

    I heard about the Cronenberg Film when it was in the making.
    If you are interested, there is a book by Covington “Sabine Spielrein, Forgotten pioneer ….”. She ‘invented’ Child psychology 25 years before Anne Freud did – and subsequently was forgotten.

    I haven’t seen the film yet but i think Jung is depicted a bit too serious. He was a much livelier and funnier character then we see in the clip. Let me know when you’ve seen it.

  2. Laura said:

    Thanks Michael! I agree with you about Jung. But neither Fassbender nor Mortensen fit the bill for their characters a priori. I guess we will have to wait until November to see … I’ll let you know.

    Funny story about Spielrein. I did not know it. These kinds of cases seem to be repeated all over psychoanalysis’ dark history.

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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.