Laura Gonzalez


19 Feb 2016

La aventura del tocador de señoras by Eduardo Mendoza***


Reading dates: 29 January – 19 February 2016

I do like reading mediterranean comic crime fiction. Mendoza is in the same vein as Montalbán or Camilleri with, perhaps, higher language skills. Some of his words and comic turn of phrases are wonderful, as is some of the nonsense. Yet, the book left me empty. The story is nothing more than what the title alludes to: an adventure, a narrative or an anecdote. The message? Not much I am afraid. No grand plan other than its enjoyment. I am not sure how much its images will persist in my mind in the way David Peace’s quartet has. Still, Mendoza’s prose was good escapism, not totally worthless due to his literary ability and the fact that the genre of literary comic crime fiction is an impossible one.

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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.