Laura Gonzalez

 

Dialectical Materialist Book Group

A record of DiaMat’s reading, proposing and hosting.

  • 21 October 2018: Duty Free Art by Hito Steyerl– members: Ian, Neil, Laura (host and proposer), Ellie and Chris.
  • 13 July 2018: Meditations on Moloch by Stale Star Codex– members: Ian, Neil (host and proposer), Laura, Ellie and Chris.
  • 29 March 2018: ‘The Prince’ by Niccolo Machiavelli (Tim Park’s translation) – members: Ian, Neil, Laura (not in attendance), Ellie and Chris (host and proposer).
  • 03 February 2018: ‘Pedagogy of the Oppressed’ by Paolo Freire – members: Ian, Neil, Laura, Ellie (host and proposer) and Chris.
  • 05 January 2017: Diamat Christmas Review of 2017 at Hug and Pint in Glasgow. Hero: Jeremy Corbyn; villain: Donald Trump; wally: Theresa May; Political Highlight: UK General election; Political lowlight: Grenfell; Cultural highlight: #grime4corbyn; Cultural lowlight: Death of Mark Fisher; DiaMat favourite text: The Russian Revolution; 2015 prediction winners: Neil and Ian– members: Ian, Neil, Laura, Ellie, Chris, Kathryn (invited).

  • 10 July 2017: ‘The Origins of Capitalism’ by Ellen Meiksins Wood – members: Ian (host and proposer), Neil, Laura, Ellie (not in attendance) and Chris.
  • 22 May 2017: SPECIAL DIAMAT: UK GENERAL ELECTION at Stereo in Glasgow — members: Ian, Neil, Laura, Ellie (not in attendance) and Chris,
  • 12 April 2017: ‘Molecular Red’ by Mackenzie Wark – members: Ian, Neil, Laura, Ellie (not in attendance) and Chris (host and proposer).
  • 26 January 2017: ‘Bhagavad Gita’, translated by Eknath Easwaran – members: Ian, Neil, Laura (host and proposer), Ellie and Chris.
  • 12 January 2017: Diamat Christmas Review of 2016 at David Bann in Edinburgh. Hero: Michelle Obama; villain: David Cameron; Cultural highlight: Blackstar by David Bowie; Cultural lowlight: Brexit culture; DiaMat favourite text: Communal Luxury; 2015 prediction winners: Neil and Chris– members: Ian, Neil, Laura, Ellie, Chris, Sally (invited), Kathryn (invited).

  • 06 November 2016: ‘Sapiens. A brief history of Humankind’ by Yoval Noah Harari – members: Ian, Neil (host and proposer), Laura, Ellie and Chris.
  • 24 September 2016: ‘Crowds and Party’ by Jodi Dean – members: Ian (proposer), Neil, Laura (host), Ellie and Chris.
  • 11 June 2016: ‘This Changes Everything’ by Naomi Klein – members: Ian, Neil, Laura (not in attendance), Ellie (host and proposer) and Chris (not in attendance). Ian’s review: ‘Worst DiaMat ever’.
  • 21 April 2016: SPECIAL DIAMAT: EU REFERENDUM DISCUSSION – members: Ian (host), Neil, Laura, Ellie (not in attendance) and Chris.

  • 18 December 2015: Diamat Christmas Review of the year at Stereo in Glasgow. Topic: Heroes and Villains. Outcomes — Hero: Jeremy Corbyn; villain: Isis; Highlight: Oxi; Lowlight: decision to go to war in Syria and Yemen; Cultural highlight: EIF director for ‘The Magic Flute’; Cultural lowlight: Closure of the Arches– members: Ian, Neil, Laura, Ellie, Chris, Sally (invited), Eugene (invited).
  • 04 June 2015: ‘Woman’s Estate’ by Juliet Mitchell – members: Ian, Neil, Laura (host and proposer), Ellie and Chris.
  • 16 April 2015: ‘Part II: Can Capitalism Survive?’ in Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy by Joseph A. Schumpeter – members: Ian, Neil, Laura, Ellie (host and proposer) and Chris.

  • 18 December 2014: Diamat Christmas Review of the year at Pomegranate in Edinburgh. Topic: Heroes and Villains. Outcomes — Hero: José Mujica; villain: Nigel Farage – members: Ian, Neil, Laura, Ellie and Sally (invited).
  • 20 June 2014: ‘Rationalism in Politics’ by Michael Oakeshott – members: Ian, Neil (host and proposer), Laura and Ellie.
  • 01 February 2014: ‘A Genealogy of Participatory Art’ by Boris Groys – members: Ian (not in attendance), Neil, Laura and Ellie (host and proposer).

  • 20 December 2013: Russell Brand in The Guardian 05.11.13 and New Statesman 24.10.13; Exiting the Vampire Castle by Mark Fisher in The North Star – members: Ian, Neil (host and proposer), Laura, Ellie and Anna.
  • 08 December 2013: Diamat Christmas Special at Sapporo Teppanyaki in Glasgow. Topic: Scottish independence (with White Paper to consult). Outcome: yes – members: Ian, Neil, Laura and Ellie (not in attendance).
  • 14 November 2013: ‘Freedom and Fetishism’ by Marshall Berman – members: Ian (host and proposer), Neil, Laura and Ellie.
  • 19 September 2013: ‘Women on the Market’ by Luce Irigaray – members: Ian, Neil, Laura (host and proposer) and Ellie.
  • 07 August 2013: ’21 hours’ by New Economic Foundation and ‘Manifesto for Maintenance Art’ by Mierle Laderman Ukele – members: Ian, Neil, Laura and Ellie (host and proposer).
  • 08 July 2013: ‘Dilemmas in a General Theory of Planning’ – members: Ian (not in attendance), Neil, Laura and Ellie (hosted at CCA). Neil proposed the text.
  • 3 June 2013: ‘Towards a Socialist Alternative’ by Erik Olin-Wright – members: Ian, Neil (host), Laura, Stephen (not in attendance) and Ellie. Ian proposed the text.
  • 09 April 2013: ‘One Way Street’ (essay) and ‘The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction’ – members: Ian (host), Neil, Laura, Stephen (not in attendance) and Ellie (not in attendance). Ian and Stephen proposed the texts.
  • 28 February 2013: ‘The Battle of Orgreave’ and ‘Real Time’ films as part of the CCA ‘Economy’ Exhibition – members: Ian, Neil, Laura and Ellie (hosted at CCA). Neil proposed the films.
  • 11 January 2013: Chapter 1 of ‘Artificial Hells by Claire Bishop – members: Ian, Neil, and Laura (host). Laura proposed the text.

  • 29 November 2012: ‘The Wisdom of Life’ by Arthur Schopenhauer – members: Ian, Neil, Laura (host) and Stephen (not in attendance). Neil proposed the text.
  • 25 October 2012: ‘Occupying a Non-place’ by Ewan Morrison, ‘One year after Occupy’ by Mark Fisher (proposed by Neil); ‘Postmodernism and Consumer Culture’ by Frederic Jameson (proposed by Stephen); ‘The Power of Madness’ by Bruce Cohen (proposed by Laura) – members: Ian, Neil (host), Laura and Stephen.
  • 20 September 2012: ’18th Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte’ and ‘The Communist Manifesto’ by Karl Marx (and Friedrich Engels) – members: Ian (host), Neil, Laura and Stephen (not in attendance). Ian and Neil proposed the text.
  • 17 August 2012: ‘The Enigma of Capital’ by David Harvey – members: Ian, Neil, Laura and Stephen (host). Ian proposed the text.
  • 10 July 2012: Introduction to ‘Less than Nothing’ by Slavoj Zizek – members: Ian, Neil, Laura (host) and Stephen. Ian and Laura proposed the text.

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.