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September 27, 2012  

Author's Talk: Alison Bancroft

A sold out event recorded live at the Freud Museum London on 24 September 2012.

There is an increasing trend within both the study of visual culture and fashion itself to restore fashion to an aesthetic role - one that moves beyond its commercial success as a global industry and places fashion within a nexus of art, the body, and femininity. This emphasis aims to separate fashion from mere clothing, and illustrate its cultural power as an integral aspect of modern life.

In this innovative new book, Alison Bancroft re-examines significant moments in twentieth century fashion history through the focal lens of psychoanalytic theory. Her discussion centres on studies of fashion photography, haute couture, queer dressing, and fashion/art in an attempt to shed new light on these key issues.

According to Bancroft, problems of subjectivity are played out through fashion, in the public arena, and not just in the dark, unknowable unconscious mind. The question of what can be said, and what can only be experienced, and how these two issues may be reconciled, become questions that fashion addresses on an almost daily basis.

By interpreting fashion within a psychoanalytic frame, Bancroft illustrates how fashion articulates some of the essential, and sometimes frightening, truths about the body, femininity and the self.

Alison Bancroft is a writer and cultural critic. She specialises in interdisciplinary approaches to modern and contemporary art and visual culture, and is committed to working across all media and contexts. Her research interests include visual culture and theory, psychoanalytic thought, and sexualities. She was awarded her PhD by the University of London in 2010.

FASHION AND PSYCHOANALYSIS: Styling the Self is published by I.B Tauris

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September 24, 2012  

A live event filmed at the Freud Museum on 19 September 2012.

The Relational School (of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy) and the Freud Museum are holding a series of intimate evening forums addressing the subject of memoir from the perspective of how writing and publishing has come to affect the individual’s experience of their own story. Conveying a life illuminates profound aspects of our human story and our struggles to situate ourselves and to belong. As organisations concerned with the meaning and impact of reflection, we are delighted to welcome these esteemed memoirists to join us in conversation and reflection upon what it means to have shared their history in this way.

Eva Hoffman Lost in Translation: Life in a New Language

Sathnam Sanghera The Boy with the Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton

Eva Hoffman is a writer and academic. She has been a professor of literature and creative writing at several high profile American universities as well as editor for The New York Times Book Review.

Sathnam Sanghera is a feature writer and columnist for The Times. ‘Boy with the Topknot' is an acclaimed best seller and won 'The Mind Book of the Year' in 2009.

Both have written powerful memoirs of living in and between two very different cultures and of the impact of this experience on their identity and psyche.

Sue Cowan-Jenssen is a founder member of the Relational School. She is an integrative psychotherapist and EMDR Consultant.

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September 18, 2012  

Architecture, Art and Psychoanalysis.  A  four part podcast recorded by Paul Mitchell at the Anna Freud Centre on Saturday 14th July 2012.

This conference brought together practitioners and theorists from different fields to think about the emotional experience of architecture and architectural spaces. In home, theatre, church, museum, or transformations of space in contemporary art, architecture and mental space interact in ways that indicate the role of  unconscious process in the built environment.

Part 4: The Homes of Childhood : Spaces of Love, Dread, and Play Salman Akhtar

ABSTRACT The emotional biography of our childhood homes goes beyond the architectural envelopes they provide for our mentalized and un-mentalized erotic, hostile, tender, civic, and spiritual aspirations. Internalized, their corridors, closets, and cloisters function as life-long psychic retreats and springboards for mental rejuvenation. Driven by naive hope, we visit them in actuality and come back wounded. But then the plump nursemaid of nostalgia leads us back to those very streets and lampposts and we return with a poem in our hands. As we grow old, life's intoxication gradually changes into tipsy indifference, but arriving at our eternal resting place we are unexpectedly clear-eyed. We see that we have ended up where we started from. Our childhood homes might have been lost but childhood itself has turned out to be our home. Loyally and forever.

Salman Akhtar was born in India and completed his medical and psychiatric education there. Upon arriving in the USA in 1973, he repeated his psychiatric training at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and then obtained psychoanalytic training from the Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Institute. Currently, he is Professor of Psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College and a training and supervising analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. His more than 300 publications include nine books: Broken Structures; Quest for Answers; Inner Torment; Immigration and Identity; New Clinical Realms; Objects of Our Desire; Regarding Others; Turning Points in Dynamic Psychotherapy; and The Damaged Core, as well as twenty-six edited or co-edited volumes in psychiatry, psychoanalysis and cultural psychology. He is also a Scholar-in-Residence at the Inter-Act Theatre Company in Philadelphia. An accomplished poet himself, his latest publication is Between Hours (Karnac 2012), a collection of poems by fellow-psychoanalysts. He says of this project: “While accommodating playfulness and even a bit of audacity, both psychoanalysis and poetry deeply respect formality of structure, nuance of affect, and the multifaceted resonance of the spoken word.... To put it bluntly, psychoanalysis is two-person poetry and poetry one-person psychoanalysis.”

September 18, 2012  

Architecture, Art and Psychoanalysis.  A  four part podcast recorded by Paul Mitchell at the Anna Freud Centre on Saturday 14th July 2012.

This conference brought together practitioners and theorists from different fields to think about the emotional experience of architecture and architectural spaces. In home, theatre, church, museum, or transformations of space in contemporary art, architecture and mental space interact in ways that indicate the role of  unconscious process in the built environment.

Part 3: In Space Between: Photography, Memory and Construction Yamini Nayar

ABSTRACT Yamini Nayar's photographs stem from a deep interest in architectural space, lived experience and memory. Her large scale images are made by documenting sculptural installations built in her studio on tabletops from raw and found building materials and collected image fragments. Drawing on historical photos and personal narrative, her images explore the tensions between sculpture and photography, as the image develops over time and accumulates its own narrative logic, physicality and traces of construction and erasure. Once recorded, the sculpture is disassembled and discarded. Only the photograph remains, as a document, object and entry point into a moment held together for the lens.

Yamini Nayar is an internationally recognised artist living in New York. She is currently a Workspace Artist-in-Residence with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and a Visiting Artist Scholar at New York University's Steinhardt School of Art. Prior to these appointments she was resident in 2010 at the Center for Photography at Woodstock and was the Lightborne artist-in-residence at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. She has participated in exhibitions and publications internationally, including the Saatchi Museum in London, Indian Art Summit, Art Basel in Switzerland, Sharjah Biennial and Unfixed: Postcolonial Perspectives in Photography and Contemporary Art, Amsterdam. She has had recent solo exhibitions with Thomas Erben, NY and Amrita Jhaveri, Mumbai. Reviews include Artforum, Art in America, ArtPapers, Art India, Vogue India and the New Yorker. Nayar's upcoming exhibitions include the DeCordova Sculpture Museum, Massachusetts and the Queensland Art Gallery in Australia. Collections include the Saatchi Museum, US Arts in Embassies, Cincinnati Art Museum, Queens Museum, Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane and the Hiscox Collection. Nayar received an MFA from the School of Visual Arts and a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. www.yamininayar.com

September 18, 2012  

Architecture, Art and Psychoanalysis.  A  four part podcast recorded by Paul Mitchell at the Anna Freud Centre on Saturday 14th July 2012.

This conference brought together practitioners and theorists from different fields to think about the emotional experience of architecture and architectural spaces. In home, theatre, church, museum, or transformations of space in contemporary art, architecture and mental space interact in ways that indicate the role of  unconscious process in the built environment.

Part 2: Dramatic Architecture: The design of Hampstead and Royal Shakespeare Theatres Rab Bennetts

ABSTRACT Rab Bennetts’ examined the lengthy gestation of the Hampstead Theatre project and the way in which the architect’s role extended from urban planning to detailed design, resulting in a compact theatre that has been praised by audiences and actors alike. Rab will then describe how this led to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford Upon Avon, working on a brief to transform a listed but flawed existing building. In particular, the acclaimed 1000-seat auditorium was to be “something that Shakespeare might recognise”. Whilst the two theatres are very different, they emerged from the same craft-like, collaborative design process. The paper highlights the conflict between iconic (ie; dramatic) architecture and the architecture of theatres that accentuates the drama – before, during and after the performance.

Rab Bennetts is the Director of Bennetts Associates Architects which he founded with his wife Denise in 1987. The firm, based in London and Edinburgh, has been responsible for many pioneering projects such as the PowerGen Headquarters, Wessex Water Operations Centre, Hampstead Theatre, Edinburgh University’s Informatics Forum, Jubilee Library in Brighton and the New Street Square development in the City of London. Recent notable commissions include the £100 million transformation of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, the Humanities Faculties and Library for Oxford University and hotels in London and Amsterdam. The firm is also particularly well known for its work on environmental sustainability. The practice has won more than 120 awards and has been shortlisted for the Stirling Prize several times. The firm won the UK Architect of the Year award in 2006 and 2011.

Rab leads the design direction of Bennetts Associates and is personally involved in many of the firm’s projects. He is also extensively involved in outside bodies and is a Board member of the UK Green Building Council, a Director of Sadler’s Wells Theatre and a Trustee of the Design Council. He has in the past chaired the RIBA’s Competitions Committee, advised the Government on sustainability policy and sat on Islington’s Planning Committee as an expert adviser. He has lectured extensively and has contributed to numerous publications and conferences. Rab was awarded the OBE for services to architecture in 2003 and Sustainability Leader of the Year in 2009 at the Building/UK-GBC Sustainability Awards.

September 18, 2012  

Architecture, Art and Psychoanalysis.  A  four part podcast recorded by Paul Mitchell at the Anna Freud Centre on Saturday 14th July 2012.

This conference brought together practitioners and theorists from different fields to think about the emotional experience of architecture and architectural spaces. In home, theatre, church, museum, or transformations of space in contemporary art, architecture and mental space interact in ways that indicate the role of  unconscious process in the built environment.

Part 1: Projection, Space and Architecture Mark Cousins

ABSTRACT Architecture, at least in its western form since the Renaissance, has been thought of as an art of projection. That is why drawing is thought to be central to architecture as the mediation between an 'idea' and an object in space. This is where psychoanalysis and its repetoire of concepts of projection and of introjection are particularly relevant. This paper seeks to outline the way in which psychoanalysis can understand space and spatial projection.

Mark Cousins is a British cultural critic and architectural theorist. He is the Director of General Studies and Head of the Graduate Program in Histories and Theories at the Architectural Association, London. He is also Visiting Professor of Architecture at Columbia University, New York. He co-founded the London Consortium along with Paul Hirst, Colin MacCabe, and Richard Humphreys. He is the author of, among other things, a book on Michel Foucault, co-written with Athar Hussain (London: Macmillan, 1984).

September 11, 2012  

Part of the launch of Granta 120: Medicine

How do writers make sense of the mind in fact and fiction? Join Granta at the Freud Museum for an evening of readings and conversation that probe the wild and unpredictable landscapes of the mind. Suzanne Rivecca (Death Is Not an Option) examines addiction, lost girls and the families they split from in a tender story that explores two opposing perspectives and that connect in a startling way. Chloe Aridjis (Book of Clouds) reports on the mental health care of Soviet astronauts when they return from space.

This event was part of the launch of Granta 120: Medicine, the latest edition of the magazine of new writing.

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September 1, 2012  

A sold out 90-minute lecture followed by 30-minute group discussion filmed at the Freud Museum London on 29 August 2012.

Moving beyond the 'blurred identity trilogy', the second of the PROJECTIONS lectures examines the artistic implications of David Lynch's inimitable style, which marks the shared space between the investigative 'desire to know' in psychoanalysis, and the provocative 'knowledge subversion' in surrealism. This anarchic process emerges from the unconscious, a mysterious psychic terrain that Lynch accesses via the practice of transcendental meditation. Special consideration will be given to Lacanian concepts of mirror stage and linguistic alienation in the exploration of Lynchian technique, comprised of dream-logic that is turbulent and seductive in equal measure.

PROJECTIONS is psychoanalysis for film interpretation.PROJECTIONS empowers film spectators to express subjective associations they consider to be meaningful. Expertise in psychoanalytic theory is not necessary - the only prerequisite is the desire to enter and inhabit the imaginary world of film, which is itself a psychoanalytic act. Please watch 'Lost Highway', 'Mulholland Drive' and 'Inland Empire' before attending sessions as there may be spoilers! MARY WILD, a Freudian cinephile from Montreal, is the creator of PROJECTIONS.

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