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May 24, 2012  

Freud Memorial Lecture.  A sold out event, filmed at the Anna Freud Centre on 22 May 2012.

Marina Warner is a writer whose works include novels and short stories as well as studies in cultural history, art, myths, symbols, and fairytales. She is a Professor in the Department of Literature at the University of Essex. Her most recent book, Stranger Magic: Charmed States & the Arabian Nights, was recently published by Chatto & Windus.

This year’s Freud Memorial Lecture will connect with the two major London exhibitions for 2012 which are running concurrently: Louise Bourgeois: The Return of the Repressed, at the Freud Museum, and Lucian Freud Portraits, at the National Portrait Gallery.

Images © Louise Bourgeois Trust

May 2, 2012  

A live performance.  Filmed at the Freud Museum on 30th April 2012.

Ghost Track is very beautiful because Claire quite clearly gets into a dialogue with her own biographies so it circles around her as a person but it expands into her field, it has a clear context and expands into space’ Serge von Arx theatre architect and scenographer Berlin

A solo performance by Claire Hind, written in collaboration with Gary Winters of Lone Twin, co-directed with Alexander Kelly of Third Angel.

Ghost Track is a performance that weaves autobiography with King Lear, and the perennial difficulties of the father-daughter relationship. Claire Hind tells stories about the thoughts and terrors one has when waking up in the middle of the night, about her petrol pump neurosis and her 7 dads, one of whom is her ‘ghost dad’. It is a work that carefully braids humour with the power that fear and anxiety has over us as we lead very busy lives and juggle many roles.

This work draws upon the ‘Father’ of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud and thinks about the different ways in which his writing inscribes himself into his work, including his moving paper ‘The theme of the three caskets’ (1913) that takes King Lear and his three daughters as his prime example. Psychoanalysis is used as a compositional strategy to write a space for the performer – and also as a zone in which the playfulness of the performer as storyteller can be explored.

Ghost Track demonstrates the slippages that occur in story-telling and uses the Nano pad (a sound sampler) as a symbol of the unconscious mind that disrupts our sense of cohesion, functioning as a buffer zone between play and fear. The material is developed from a series of performance writing workshops that Claire experienced with artist Gary Winters of the international renowned performance duo Lone Twin. They became interested in the repetition of language that occurs in act one scene one of King Lear, Nothing. Nothing will come of nothing and the repetition of the ritual in this act – each daughter coming forward to repeat a similar speech act to their father - and relate this to the death drive and the Electra complex.

Kong Lear Super 8mm film

Kong Lear is a humorous and touching film referencing King Lear’s madness upon some heath and re-imagining King Kong inside Lear’s psyche as woman. It is an Ubu for the 21st Century – Andrew Head, Hull University.

The images of Kong Lear on the screen are beautiful and evocative. One minute she (as Kong Lear) appears playful, the next vulnerable and melancholic, absorbed in a world where nature once stoodArrested Motion.

Kong Lear is a play on words of the two male characters of King Kong and King Lear. We like the idea that Kong is inside King Lear’s psyche and we like the idea that the character of Kong Lear is played by a woman – imagine that… Freud would have a field day! This short film is the B track – the flip side to the live show. We decided to write a piece for super 8mm film to act as if the live show’s material had an unconscious, or a psyche. We are playing with the idea that the id, in Freudian psychoanalysis is silent and we became fascinated about the position of writing on silent film’s intertitles – for us they have the possibility to reveal what is hidden inside the character’s and performer’s psyche. Our playful merging of these two icons produced a string of images, texts and activities that included the filming of the character looking down upon the city of York from the Lord Mayors’ apartment roof, running feral along Fifth Avenue in New York and ascending a climbing wall inside a Go Outdoors store on Foss Island retail park (not Skull island).

Lone Twin are currently working on a project for the Cultural Olympiad entitled the Boat Project.

May 2, 2012  

The Lost Objects of Childhood

Author's talk: Deborah Levy.  Filmed at the Freud Museum London on 26 April 2012

'When I read biographies of famous people, I only get interested when they escape from their family and spend the rest of their life getting over them.' (extract from Swimming Home)

Deborah Levy's new novel, Swimming Home, is a subversive thriller about the footprints the past leaves on the everyday of a sun-drenched family holiday. Its witty and beguiling exploration of the complexities and mysteries of family life have enthralled readers and critics in equal measure. Levy will read from her book and discuss its connecting conversation with Louise Bourgeois’s life-long artistic preoccupation with the strange drama of being a wife, mother and daughter.

Deborah Levy is a playwright and novelist. She recently dramatised two of Freud's case histories, The Wolfman andDora for BBC Radio 4. She was AHRC Fellow in Creative and Performing Arts at The Royal College of Art from 2006-9. A new fiction exploring the ways in which everyday objects might conceal and reveal our anxieties, Weeping Machines is published in Issue 4 of The White Review. An interview with Levy about her writing can be found here.

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