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3 Weeks: Psychoanalysis, Art and the Quest for Freedom - What's On - Camden Arts Centre


3 Weeks: Psychoanalysis, Art and the Quest for Freedom

5 - 19 June 2019

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Wednesdays, 5, 12 & 19 June  
6.30  9.00 pm

With reference to the exhibition A Tale of Mothers Bones by surrealist duo Grace Pailthorpe and Reuben Mednikoff, Dr Amber Jacobs will lead this course exploring the relationships between art practices, the unconscious, fantasies and quests for freedom. Participants will explore different models of the unconscious, using an eclectic range of resources from psychoanalysis, philosophy, art theory and literature to find ways of prizing open ideas of breaking away and breaking free. The course will combine theoretical discussion and practice-based activities, involving free association, word collage and analytic collective thinking.

Session One: The Prison
Through a mix of theoretical, political and literary examples we will take the prison as our starting point, thinking around the most basic notions of enclosed spaces to actual incarcerations. From bodies to dreams, fairy tales, myths, institutions and political realities we will trace the way in which the prison underpins psychosocial and spiritual realities.

Session Two: Art as Research
This second session will study art as a healing and therapeutic process and consider its role within research into the unconscious and the occult. Participants will explore ideas from dream analysis and art therapy with reference to the works of Marion Milner, Emma Kunz and Hilma af Klint. The children’s book ‘Marianne Dreams’ by psychoanalyst and children’s writer Catherine Storr will be the starting point for the session.

Session Three: Binaries and Beyond
The final session will consider the role that binary oppositions play in the organisation of our thought, sociocultural artistic practices and lived experiences. We will work with existing binary structures manifested in ideas of time and transformation, as well as notions of collaboration, difference, androgyny, gender and more, while attempting to sketch out what it might mean to think through and beyond binary oppositions.

Readings and materials will be provided before the sessions.

Dr Amber Jacobs will lead this course. Amber is a senior lecturer in Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London. She has published widely in the fields of psychoanalysis, feminist theories and philosophy, Ancient Greek myth and tragedy, literature, cinema and visual culture. She is the author of the book On Matricide: Myth, Psychoanalysis and the Law of the Mother (Columbia University Press, 2008).

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Full fee
The full fee is paid by everyone who doesn’t qualify for the senior or concessionary fee.

Senior fee
If you are aged 65 years or over at the start of the course you are eligible to pay our reduced senior fee.

If you are aged 65 years or over with a household income of under £16,000 you are eligible for the concessionary fee. See below.

Concessionary fee*
The concessionary fee is available to attendees who are in receipt of the following:
• Pension or Savings Credit
• Aged 65+, with a household income of under £16,000
• Working Tax Credit
• Income Support
• Jobseeker’s Allowance
• Employment and Support Allowance
• Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independent Payment
• Incapacity Benefit
• Universal Credit
• Housing or Council Tax Benefit/Support
• Carers Allowance
• Child Tax Credit and have a household income of under £16,000
• Full-time students with NUS cards

*Information gathered from updated government guidance: http://www.gov.uk/browse/benefits

Terms and Conditions
• Booking on a course at Camden Arts Centre signifies your agreement to our terms and conditions as stated in our Learning Agreement. These are available to read on our website and at the Bookshop.
• Bookings are non-refundable and non-transferable, unless the course is cancelled by the Centre.
• Evidence of concessionary status must be shown on the first day of the course.
• All materials are provided.