Day Conference ‘Surrealism & Psychoanalysis: Conquest of the Irrational?’

By on January 21, 2019
Image: © Salvador Dali, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, DACS 2018

“It would be very interesting to investigate analytically how a picture like this came to be painted.” (Freud)

In 1938 Salvador Dalí met Freud in London, bringing with him his painting Metamorphosis of Narcissus and a new article about his ‘paranoiac-critical’ method, first described in his book Conquest of the Irrational.

Freud was an inspiration for the Surrealists and they were well-versed in his ideas, particularly his work on dream theory, free association, and investigations into the workings of the unconscious. In the 1924 Surrealist Manifesto, André Breton defined Surrealism as “pure psychic automatism”, in other words, the uncensored workings of the unconscious. In later years Jacques Lacan’s close relationship with the Surrealists led to a lasting bond that continued to link psychoanalysis and surrealism until the present day. Can the paranoiac-critical method be a valid means of understanding psychosis?

This conference will address psychoanalysis and its impact on Surrealism and the impact of Surrealism on psychoanalysis, bringing together art historians, psychoanalysts, authors and artists to reflect on the many facets of this relationship.

Image: © Salvador Dali, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, DACS 2018


Speakers include:

Dawn Ades
TBC
Krzysztof Fijalkowski
The Question of Play Analysis: Surrealism, Psychoanalysis and the Game of Symbolically Functioning Objects​

Anouchka Gross
Narcissism, Censorship and the Unconscious

Sharon Kivland
The Missed Encounter (Reading)

Darian Leader
Art, Dreams and Psychoanalysis

David Lomas
TBC

Abstracts and biographies to follow.

Day Conference ‘Surrealism & Psychoanalysis: Conquest of the Irrational?’ will be held at Freud Museum Sunday 27th January 2019.

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