Laura Gonzalez


These shoes are made for walking — 1 Jul 2007

iPadI am not sure. I am definitely not sure and the more I think about it, the less sure I am about this iPod inspired iPad building (not convinced about the pun, either). Of course, iPods are a way of life, identity-bearing devices and saving graces when I am stopped by charity touts in Glasgow‚Äôs Buchanan Street. Still, I am not sure they would make good dwellings or offices; I doubt people would want to live in them. Besides, where is the iClick wheel? And the screen? And I know it is only inspired on the iPod design but, as it currently stands, it could also be a swanky cigarette packet, a gigantic tic-tac box…

You know I love shoes. You know I would [almost] do anything for a pair of Manolos, but I think boundaries are important when it comes to architectural design. I mean, iPod in hand, shoes in feet, and architecture all around. Lets not mix them.

With many thanks to Mike Press for making me think about the limits of my love for shoes.

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Going up, going down, but always leading astray — 29 Jul 2006

From Apple Insider
Apple: iPods built to last 4 years

By Katie Marsal
Published: 12:00 PM EST

Apple Computer says its iPod digital music players are built to last four years and have a failure rate that is lower than other consumer electronics devices.

Although there have been several accounts in which the iconic music players have been called faulty devices, Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris recently told the Chicago Tribune that iPods have a failure rate of less than 5 percent, which she said is “fairly low” compared with other consumer electronics.

“The vast majority of our customers are extremely happy with their iPods,”Kerris said, adding that Apple builds the players to last four years.

However, a survey conducted by Macintouch last year found that out of nearly 9,000 iPods owned by more than 4,000 respondents, more than 1,400 of the players had failed. The survey concluded that the failure rate was 13.7 percent, stemming from an equal mix of hard drive and battery related issues.

Apple’s fairly recent decision to embrace solid-state NAND flash memory at the core of its most popular iPod models, rather than hard disk drives, is likely to improve failure rates. Flash memory lacks the moveable parts contained inside hard disks, making the storage medium significantly more durable.

According to the Macintouch survey, flash-based iPod shuffles and iPod nanos indeed sport a much lower failure rate than their hard disk drive-based counterparts.

Apple’s iPod turns five years old this October.

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Explain the astray bit II — 20 Jul 2006

Metro, Thusday 20 July 2006

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Archie’s iPod — 12 Sep 2005

From the inspiring Jinty

Archie’s response to the isolation of not having an iPod… Not about the function but about the look…

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More Additions to the Family — 8 Sep 2005

iPod Phone and iPod Nano.

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Published iPod — 17 Jun 2005

I am delighted that Arttra decided to publish the iPod article. You can read it here.

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iPod Genealogy — 18 Apr 2005

First, third and fouth generation iPods

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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.