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FREUD MUSEUM LONDON

20 Maresfield Gardens, NW3 5SX
020 7435 2002

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through Dec

BEYOND THE WHITE CUBE : ARTISTS INTERVENTIONS AT THE FREUD MUSEUM
Apr 22, 2017 2:00pm - 6:00pm talk/event
This half-day symposium uses Paul Coldwell’s current exhibition at the Freud Museum, Temporarily Accessioned: Freud’s Coat Revisited as a starting point to explore artistic interventions inside and outside the Freud Museum.
The Freud Museum is the antithesis to the concept of ‘the white cube’, a space stripped of references wherein artworks can be viewed without distraction. Here the artist has to fight for space and compete with an environment not only rich in material possessions, but also in the stories that it fosters. This symposium considers ways that artists and curators have approached this challenge and how increasingly, digital media has become part of an artist’s studio practice.
£35/£25
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Click to enlargeSO THIS IS THE STRONG SEX : WOMEN IN PSYCHOANALYSIS
Nov 29, 2017 - Feb 4, 2018
“So this is the Strong Sex” explores the lives and work of a number of women from the early history of psychoanalysis. Featuring Marie Bonaparte, Helene Deutsch, Emma Eckstein, Anna Freud, Lou Andreas-Salomé and Sabina Spielrein, this exhibition shows the influence they had on Sigmund Freud and psychoanalysis, using materials from the Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna.
 
The show will connect the achievements of these figures with the era in which they lived and seeks to challenge the ideas of: psychoanalysis as a science dominated by men and issues of childcare in Vienna of the 1920s and 1930s. It will also approach psychoanalytic topics such as the Oedipus complex, transference and counter transference, sexuality and femininity.
 
This opening up of the archive is an opportunity to discover the personal correspondence of the Freud Family, and their most trusted confidantes. There is a chance to see unpublished letters from Princess Marie Bonaparte, a figure integral to the Freud family’s escape from the Nazis.

PROJECTIONS: DARREN ARONOFSKY : THE CINEMA OF OBSESSION
Jan 22 - Feb 5, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm talk/event
Three-week evening course
Mondays, 7:00pm-9:00pm
 
American film director Darren Aronofsky was once asked if he deliberately aims to make audiences feel uncomfortable. He replied, “I definitely want to make them feel something. I'm inspired by the Cyclone roller coaster in Coney Island, where I grew up. It is the greatest ride in the world. I've always tried to construct my films with the same structure: intense, on the edge of your seat.”
 
The influence of cinema masters Polanski, Buñuel and Cronenberg is evident in Aronofsky’s ambitious oeuvre, which is built on representing extreme states: isolationists preoccupied with abstract intellectual concepts, addicts consumed with the desire to chase the next mind bending high, public performers who brutally push their bodies and psyches beyond the edge. Aronofsky’s recent release, mother!, is a strikingly violent metaphor that makes the Cyclone roller coaster seem like a walk in the park. Reactions to his films are mixed - spectators either love or loathe the controversial auteur; he certainly isn’t for the faint of heart!
 
In this 3-week lecture series, six of Aronofsky’s films will be examined in categories relating to Fixation, Performance and Cosmology, referencing psychoanalytic concepts to shed light on the running theme of obsession throughout his body of work. We will engage closely with the director’s signature style (a combination of melodrama, psychological horror, fantasy and surrealism) as he portrays the devastating pitfalls and amplified pleasures of being driven by a singular, extreme passion. The motif of obsession communicates yearning, pain and love in a supercharged way - it is difficult to name a modern director who surpasses Aronofsky in authentically representing this overwhelming emotional experience on film.
 
Advance viewing is optional, select scenes and montages will be shown during weekly sessions (see filmography below).
 
Week 1 - FIXATION
Pi (1998): A paranoid mathematician searches for a primer that will unlock the universal patterns found in nature.
Requiem For A Dream (2000): The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island characters are shattered when their addictions spin out of control.
 
Week 2 - PERFORMANCE
The Wrestler (2008): A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle.
Black Swan (2010): A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity.
 
Week 3 - COSMOLOGY
The Fountain (2006): A modern-day scientist struggles with mortality, desperately searching for the medical breakthrough that will save the life of his cancer-stricken wife.
mother! (2017): A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.
 
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.
 
MARY WILD, a Freudian cinephile from Montreal, is the creator of PROJECTIONS.
Full Price: £45
Students/senior citizens/unwaged: £36
Friends of the Museum: £36
 
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