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Alternative Maternals in London — 28 May 2015

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Don’t Say Anything — 2 May 2015

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Don’t Say Anything, a durational performance piece as part of the exhibition ‘This House has been Far Out at Sea’, Laurieston Arches, Glasgow. 2-4 May 2015, 12–6 with a late night on Sunday.

I will return to Frau Emmy von N. the words Sigmund Freud wrote in his famous case history about her. She will tell you her story of hysteria in the first person, just as Emmy would have told it to Freud in 1889.

As part of Glasgow Open House Festival.

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Alternative Maternals — 18 Jul 2014

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I curated Alternative Maternals, an international show dismantling the collective characteristics by which the maternal is recognisable or known. Through a variety of expressions the show combines diverse lenses of absence, rejection, memory, legacy, scandal, autonomy, physical body and social media. It opens at Lindner Project Space in Berlin on the 3 August 2014 and runs until 9 August.

The artists in the show are wonderful, moving, critical, supportive and very engaged. What can I say, it has been a pleasure to work with them; I have laughed and learned, and I could not have asked for a more interesting project to be involved in. They are: Deborah Dudley (USA), Linda Duvall (Canada), Jeca Rodriguez Colón (Puerto Rico), Miriam Schaer (USA), and Valerie Walkerdine (UK). You can see the charming catalogue we produced here (PDF, 1MB).

I want to thank Cella and Klaus Knoll at Transart Institute, Eto Otitigbe and Kate Hers Rhee for their support with organising a show in a venue I have not been in yet. It is amazing how easy and rewarding it has been considering the crazy nature of the circumstances.

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Scottish Dance Theatre’s SisGo at Tramway — 8 May 2014

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Last week and this, I have been rehearsing with Scottish Dance Theatre as part of their SisGo production at Tramway. We open this Friday 9th May and we will also be dancing on Saturday 10th May. The show is at 7.30 on both days and I can tell you it is a dance experience you will not forget. If you are in Glasgow, come and see it. The music is spectacular, you will see a choreography called ‘Reverse Thriller’ and there is a lot of glow in the dark excitement. You also get to take your shoes off and share the same space as dancers. Not for the faint hearted!

Fleur Darkin’s SisGo from Scottish Dance Theatre on Vimeo.

If you come, follow the instruction anyone tells you at any time in the show, especially if it is to move or stand somewhere. I promise you will not be asked to backflip or somersault, and there are no individual solos planned for the audience.

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Crux Desperationis 5 — 31 Jan 2014

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Crux Desperationis 5
International Journal of Conceptual Writing
January 2014, Montevideo 2014
[PDF 3.7MB]

Director and editor Riccardo Boglione
Editorial staff RB, Georgina Torello
Journal header Paolo Argeri
Journal design Massimo Alacca
All images are taken from Dr. Albert de Schrenck-Notzig, Los fenómenos de la mediumnidad,
Barcelona, 1928.

Conceptual writers:
Fabiana Faleiros
Nyein Way
Stefania Tavella
Michalis Pichler
Kim Rosenfield
Vanessa Place
Laura González
Felipe Cussen
Sharon Kivland
Madeleine Walton
Helen Frank
Steve Giasson
Robert Fitterman
Carlos Soto-Román
Swantje Lichtenstein
Karen David
Divya Victor

Previous editions here.

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The book is here and it is actually quite lovely — 10 Jan 2014

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Madness, Women and the Power of Art — 16 Dec 2013

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Madness, Women and the Power of Art [Paperback]
Frances Davies (Author, Editor), Laura González (Author, Editor)

If madness has a female voice, what art can represent it? Why do women so often find themselves lying on the couch as patients? Does creativity and cultural production have a special relation to madness? This collection of essays from an international cluster of sociologists, social and mental health workers, artists and literary critics offers wide-ranging answers to these pertinent questions. From the madwoman in the attic to the position of women in outlaw motorcycle gangs, the essays address such topics as the role of perversion in Italian literature, a Marxist critique of the psychiatric system, multiple personality order, and the link between creativity and self-harm. Some accounts come from direct observation, or suffering itself; others from reading and looking. In its attempt to represent madness, the convulsive ripples of thought dissect, contradict, perform and, at times, grieve. This book is an enthralling journey into the depths of madness.

Paperback: 252 pages
Publisher: Inter-Disciplinary Press; First edition (1 Dec 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1848882475
ISBN-13: 978-1848882478

Frances Davies is a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Practitioner in Rochdale, Greater Manchester. Originally a social worker in South Africa, she came to the UK to further her studies. Her work on this book began with her MSc studies in Child and Adolescent Mental Health at the University of Northampton. Laura González is an artist and writer. When she is not following Freud, Lacan and Marx s footsteps with her camera, she lectures postgraduate students at the Glasgow School of Art and Transart Institute. Her current research explores knowledge and the body of the hysteric through text, dance, performance and video.

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Reading as Art: Turning the Pages of Psychology — 10 Oct 2013

You are cordially invited to

READING AS ART. TURNING THE PAGES OFVICTORIAN PSYCHOLOGY

Convened by Sharon Kivland and Mura Ghosh

SENATE HOUSE LIBRARY 

UNIVERSITY of LONDON

Malet Street, London

 on

 TUESDAY 15 OCTOBER 2013

5.45 p.m. for a 6 o’clock start

and ending some time around 7.45 p.m.

Evoking a wind that blows through a library, opening books, prompting unexpected stories, this evening of readings, art,  and performances engages with Victorian psychology from the library’s collections

Debbie Booth, Kate Briggs, Jan Campbell, Jamie Crewe, Vincent Dachy & Bridget MacDonald, Karen David, Annabel Frearson, Rachel Garfield & Janet Hodgson, Chris Gibson, Laura Gonzalez,  Jane Harris, Peter Jaeger, Kreider + O’Leary  & Paul Bavister, Catherine Linton, Hayley Lock,  Sophie Loss, John McDowall, Forbes Morlock, Hester Reeve, Naomi Segal, Sarah Sparkes, Holly Stevenson, Julie Westerman, Sarah Wood, Gillian Wylde

This event is free but places are limited and must be booked through the Bloomsbury Festival.

http://bloomsburyfestival.org.uk/ai1ec_event/reading-as-art-turning-the-pages-of-psychology/?instance_id=1207

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Beyond these Walls — 2 Jun 2013

Our ebook chapter, from last year’s Madness conference, has been published! With authors from our forthcoming hard copy book and many, many more. You can download it here.

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Listen closely. Can you hear the echoes of their cries resounding in the night, or is it the shrieks of the condemning? Perhaps it is the outrage of the masses at such weakness, or is their fear? Madness: a diagnosis, a label, a construction of power, and, for some, a life sentence of isolation. The product of an interdisciplinary exchange spanning four days, this volume is a collection of those voices joined in dialogue who dare to consider the questions of madness. Come, join us as we explore, consider, and probe the boundaries of madness.

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A conversation with Carmel — 22 May 2013

It has taken me over a month to recover from handing in the book. A month where, of course, I have not been idle. I have been ill, though, too often, so I am going on holiday to recover properly to the post-book catch up. Not all has been bad, though. I can now forward roll, do the crab, almost cartwheel and hand stand. not bad for someone that was never a proper child.

I am going to be writing a lot in the near future, but I am going to be dancing even more. I am straight back into it when I come back, as part of the community cast for the Barrowlands Ballet’s piece ‘A Conversation with Carmel’ at Tramway. Another performance opens for me that same week and then I will launch into a 5-day development opportunity and perfecting my backward rolls. Keep your eyes peel for writing will be an integral part of all of that.

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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.