Dreams and Creativity: Psychoanalytic Perspectives - 4 - 5 March 2016 - Freud Museum London

4 March 2016 - 5 March 2016

Je suis le reve/I am the dream


What is the place of the image in contemporary creative work ? 

How do artists make use of the images that arise in their dreams, daydreams and fantasies? 

We wish to propose and discuss the ways in which the creation of ‘original’ images is a matter of the encounter between the present and the past, an encounter between the images that present themselves in the daily life of the artist at work and the dream imagery of the unconscious. According to Walter Benjamin’s formula, pre-figured in Freud’s ‘Creative writers and daydreaming’, the artist is the one who acts on the images of his or her thoughts, that is to say that the artist finds the way towards a psychic and material remodelling by turning dream or fantasy images into images that are presentable and shareable.

We will also be interrogating what we call Excited Images (Images excitées) in contemporary society, images that captivate us because they carry a measure of excess which at times prevents the unfolding of dreams and fantasies. Their very overexposure and banalisation hides a meaning which may have become taboo and unthinkable.

PROGRAMME

Friday evening (Freud Museum):

18.00-19.30
Welcome and Introduction to the Conference

I am the dream: from the video images of Bill Viola
Silvia Lippi, Simone Korff Sausse, Celine Masson and Silke Schauder

Du Monde/Of the World
Sharon Kivland

19.30-21.00
Wine Reception


Saturday (Anna Freud Centre)

Session 1

Exploring the space of the dream through the work of David Altmejd
Suzanne Ferrieres Pestureau, Yulia Popova and Angelique Gozlan)

We Dream: Creativity and the Collective
Julia Borossa and Caroline Rooney)

The Sound Image in Dreams
Fabienne Ankaoua and Laetitia Petit

Session 2

Dreaming Hallucinations : Hallucination as the letter in the body of the text
Anouck Cape, Angélique Christaki and Monique Zerbib

Delusion and Dreams in Georgios Vizneyos’ 'The Only Journey of His Life’
Yannis Grammatopoulous

Session 3

Dream, Myth and Erotic Imagery: the desire of the Octopus
Catherine Desprats Pequignot and Xavier Gassmann

Nkisi Nkondi: an image of transference and projective identification in the analytic process
David Henderson

Session 4

Perversions of the Dream: Excited, Exciting and Captivating Images
Vincent Estellon and Dimitri Weyl

Dreaming Time
Jivan Astfalck

Closing Remarks and Discussion

More info here.
 
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