From the Darwin Translations: Freud's Couch

Jones, L 2003, From the Darwin Translations: Freud's Couch, (Creative Work : Visual art).

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Title From the Darwin Translations: Freud's Couch
Author(s) Jones, L
Year 2003
Type of work Visual art
Outlet Penetralia: Art & Psychoanalysis in Melbourne, 1940 - 2004, Group Exhibition, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Dates 30 July - 7 August 2004
Medium Analogue video transferred to digital DVD, colour/sound
Summary  Freud's Couch addresses the proposition that there is a feminine erotic voice; that it remains underdeveloped however, to the detriment of a more complex understanding of sexuality that articulates a more active role for women. In this large exhibition about psychoanalysis in Melbourne this was the single contribution that dealt overtly with the engendered taboos of sexuality. This 45 minute single screen, colour projection of a man on a psychoanalyst's couch is innovative in its use a single point perspective / view - that of the psychoanalyst. We, as viewers are thereby also the psychoanalyst. This endowment is reinforced with a woman's voice speaking as though she, not the man seen, is the analysand. She becomes increasingly frank describing her sexual fantasies as the man becomes increasingly naked. In creating a space where the viewer becomes an active part of the work through endowment and where the subject matter is an open engagement with a woman's sexual fantasies, new knowledge is created about the possible role of art to provide new experiences in culturally complex areas. The significance of this research is confirmed by the invitation by RMIT Gallery Director, Suzanne Davies to take part in the group exhibition Penetralia:Art & Psychoanalysis in Melbourne, 1940 -2004, inclusion in the accompanying catalogue and through reviews on the exhibition by Janine Burke in Art Monthly (Issue 173, Sept 2004) and Robert Nelson in The Age (28 July, 2004).
Subject Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting)
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