Laura Gonzalez


Standing Stones

Standing Stones
From Tom Pritchard‘s website:

17th-21st June 2013
At the Briggait, Glasgow

Over 5 days I workshopped with 7 participants from a wide variety of backgrounds around the theme of ‘Seeing and Being Seen’. This professional development week was inspired by regular OTSOTP collaborator Victoria Evans’ solo exhibition Standing Stones.

During the week we explored my multidisciplinary improvisation practice as a relevant approach to responding to visual stimuli. I began the week by proposing three guiding questions:
How can we embody / physicalise visual inspiration as a tool for inspired creation?
How can we bring a canvas to life and dance our subconscious reaction to it?
How can we discover a more fluid dialogue between art forms, so we may move easily between forms at will?

The participants were:
Suzi Cunningham, Cath Giles, Laura Gonzalez, Sita Pieraccini, Miranda Sheehy, Patricia Verity Suarez and Aby Watson.

It was such a joy to spend this time to deepen the practice and work towards a specific outcome with such a beautiful group of individuals. We drew, we danced, we spoke, we laughed.
Below are a series of artefacts of the week as well as participant feedback.

See for more information on Victoria’s work.

This workshop is made possible thanks to the generous support of Dance House, Conflux, Creative Scotland and On The Stage Of The Present.

I wrote about it here: Standing Stones – Day 3

and here: Standing Stones – Day 4 or how to become a good catcher

Victoria made a book about her work and the performance.

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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.