Laura Gonzalez

 

Warmed Air

Promenade performances on 10th August 2018, 12 noon and 3pm as part of Edinburgh Art Festival at the Anatomical Museum of the University of Edinburgh.

Warmed Air is a site-specific performance for the historic lecture theatre and museum of the Anatomy Department at Edinburgh University. The work explores varying levels of perceiving and experiencing the body from the tangible sensations of our own body and the memories that form the stories of our bodies, to the relationships our bodies have with those of others both alive and dead. Choreography and vocal scores are made in response to the site and take inspiration from the history, form and display of the specimens contained in the anatomy museum.

The project is an interdisciplinary collaboration between Steven Anderson, Laura Bradshaw, John Clark, Laura Gonzalez, Paul Michael Henry and Ruth Pollitt in consultation with the Anatomical Museum Curator Malcolm McCallum and the Anatomy Professor Tom Gillingwater. The work is a development of a Talbot Rice Gallery commission by Steven Anderson in 2015.

This project extends a working relationship between the artists involved, the anatomy department staff and site into an careful approach to an emotionally and ethically complex environment. For each artist the project is a development from previous working themes around the medicalised body. As a group of artists who have worked together through various configurations in performances, festivals and educational contexts, the themes of this project are extending mutual interests into an deeply invested collaborative working process.


Artists’ Talk, 6pm on the 19th November 2018, Fyfe Lecture Theatre, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.


Review by Tamsin Grainger


Trailer

Warmed Air trailer from Warmed Air on Vimeo.


Documentation

All images are by Erika Stevenson

Arrival and holding

The Lecture Theatre

Elephant ante-chamber

Anatomical Museum

As filming and photography are not possible in the Anatomical Museum, these were shot in one of the university seminar rooms.


Process

 

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.