Laura Gonzalez

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24 Sep 2013

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami ***

Reading dates: 03 – 24 September 2013

I read Kafka On The Shore while in Japan. Without this context, I would not have known what pachinkos are, the significance of Lawson’s, the true smell of ramen or a sense of the geography of the country. I did enjoy the book, at least for the most part. While I liked the parallel stories (like Hard-Boiled Wonderland And The End Of The World), I was not so keen on the teenage angst angle (like in Norwegian Wood). I cannot pinpoint exactly what it is that does not grab me about this novel: perhaps the translation, perhaps that some aspects of the story that are too drawn out, perhaps the unlikeliness of some of its magical realism, perhaps the fact that it does not quite follow through (he could have done more with the Oedipal angle, I think). Murakami sets out on an ambitious enterprise and he has a very well defined style of his own. These two things are very worthy but somehow the whole does not deliver. It might also be a boys’ book, from the high praise of some of my male friends …

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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.