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FREUD MUSEUM LONDON

20 Maresfield Gardens, NW3 5SX
020 7435 2002

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Wed-Sun 12-5. Admission: £9 Adults, £7 Concessions,£4 aged 12-16, under 12s FREE

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FREUD/LYNCH: BEHIND THE CURTAIN
May 26 - 27, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm talk/event
A 2-day conference exploring the cinema of David Lynch through a psychoanalytic lens.
 
The films of David Lynch are sometimes said to be unintelligible. They confront us with strange dreamscapes populated with bizarre characters, obscure symbols and an infuriating lack of narrative consistency. Yet despite their opacity, they hold us transfixed.
 
Lynch, who once told an interviewer “I love dream logic,” would surely agree with Sigmund Freud’s famous claim that “before the problem of the creative artist, psychoanalysis must lay down its arms.” But what else do the two agree on?
 
Freud/Lynch: Behind the Curtain takes as its point of departure that Lynch’s work is not so much unintelligible as ‘uncanny,’ revealing what Todd McGowan has termed “the bizarre nature of normality” – and the everydayness of what we take to be strange.
 
This conference invites psychoanalysts, scholars and cinephiles to reflect on these Lynchian enigmas. What do we mean by ‘Lynchian’? Beyond the apparent incoherence of his films, are there hidden logics at play? Are Lynch and Freud in alignment? And what light can psychoanalysis shed on the Lynchian uncanny?
 
LOCATION:
Rio Cinema
107 Kingsland High Street
London
E8 2PB
BOOKING:
Early bird tickets until 2 April £55 – £85
Advance booking required
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A limited number of bursary places are available for those under financial hardship at £20/day.
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Click to enlargeFREUD, DALÍ, AND THE METAMORPHOSIS OF NARCISSUS
Oct 3, 2018 - Feb 24, 2019
Sigmund Freud and Salvador Dalí are two of the most significant and influential figures of the twentieth century. Dalí was a passionate admirer of the father of psychoanalysis and finally met him in London on July 19th 1938. This year 2018 marks the 80th anniversary of this event.
 
A new exhibition at the Freud Museum will explore the connection between the two men, starting from their one meeting, to which Dalí brought his recently completed painting The Metamorphosis of Narcissus.

MAGIC, MYTH AND MADNESS
Oct 31, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm talk/event
The surrealist movement began shortly after the end of World War I. It aimed to liberate the individual from the constraints of bourgeois morality and thus cause revolutionary change in society. The early years of the movement were characterised by an emphasis on Marxist politics and psychoanalytical theory. Freudian theories about hysteria, dream symbolism, psychosexual imagery and the uncanny were used by surrealists to create haunting and provocative works of art. Freud’s use of myth to explain aspects of the psyche and his concept of the ‘omnipotence of thought’ opened doors for the surrealists to conduct their own explorations of magic and mythology. From the 1930s onwards, the surrealists became increasingly engaged with mythological themes and the hidden, symbolic language of magic and occult philosophy which is expressed through a wide range of works by artists such as Max Ernst, André Masson and Salvador Dalí.
 
In this presentation, Nadia Choucha analyses and compares the creative strategies of surrealist artists and writers whose work combined elements of occult symbolism with psychoanalytical and mythological themes. They aimed to reveal the secrets of the unconscious and create a ‘new myth’ for their time and, in doing so, they redefined the role of the artist as magician and the purpose of art as a means towards self-knowledge, transformation and illumination.
 
Part of an exciting series of talks and events which coincide with ‘Freud, Dali and the Metamorphosis of Narcissus’ on display the Museum from 3 October 2018 – 24 February 2019.
 
Nadia Choucha has degrees from the University of Edinburgh and King’s College London. Her book Surrealism and the Occult was published by Mandrake, Oxford in 1991 (2nd edition, 2016). She is based in London where she works for an academic research institute and is also an independent scholar and member of ESSWE (European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism).
£12 - £15
Tickets can be purchased online: www.freud.org.uk/event/magic-myth-and-madness-occult-and-psychoanalytical-theory-in-the-art-of-surrealism-nadia-choucha/

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