The Freud Museum

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4 March 2016 - 5 March 2016
9am - 5pm

Je suis le reve / I am the dream

Dreams and Creativity: Psychoanalytic Perspectives

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.

In English and French, with translations available.


Friday evening (Freud Museum):

Welcome and Introduction to the Conference

I am the dream: from the video images of Bill Viola (English translation Part 1) (English translation 2nd part)
Silvia Lippi, Simone Korff Sausse, Celine Masson and Silke Schauder

Du Monde/Of the World
Sharon Kivland

Wine Reception 

Saturday (Anna Freud Centre) 9.30am - 5.00pm

Session 1 10am - 11.30am

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

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

The Sound Image in Dreams (English translation)
Fabienne Ankaoua and Laetitia Petit

Session 2  12pm - 1.15pm

Dreaming Hallucinations : Hallucination as the letter in the body of the text (English translation Part 1) (English translation Part2)
Anouck Cape, Angélique Christaki and Monique Zerbib

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

Session 3  2.30pm - 3.45pm

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

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

Session 4  4.15pm - 5.30pm

Perversions of the Dream: Excited, Exciting and Captivating Images (English translation)
Vincent Estellon and Dimitri Weyl

Dreaming Time
Jivan Astfalck

Closing Remarks and Discussion 


Fabienne Ankaoua, Psychoanalyst, Theatre Director, Paris
Anouck Cape, Phd in literature, lecturer at IED University Paris 8.
Angélique Christaki, Psychoanalyst, associate member of CRPMS, Paris
Catherine Desprats Pequignot, Psychoanalyst, Senior Lecturer, University Paris 7, co-director of the Pandora research group.
Vincent Estellon, Psychoanalyst, Professor at the University of Montpellier.
Xavier Gassmann, Psychoanalyst, lecturer at University Paris Diderot and University of Picardie Jules Verne
Angélique Gozlan, Psychologist, researcher at University Lyon 2
Gisèle Harrus, Psychoanalyst, Paris
Simone Korff Sausse, Psychoanalyst, Senior Lecturer University Paris 7
Silvia Lippi, Psychoanalyst, lecturer University Picardie Jules Verne
Céline Masson, Psychoanalyst, Professor University Picardie Jules Verne, co-director of the Pandora research group.
Laetitia Petit, Psychoanalyst, Senior Lecturer University Aix Marseille.
Suzanne Ferrières Pestureau, Psychoanalyst, Paris
Yulia Popova, Psychologist, Lecturer University Picardie Jules Verne, associate member CRPMS.
Silke Schauder, Psychologist, Professor University Picardie Jules Verne.
Dimitri Weyl, Psychoanalyst, Lecturer University Paris Diderot.
Monique Zerbib, Psychoanalyst and Clinical Psychologist, attached to the Psychiatric Hospital White House, Paris 

Jivan Astfack
, Artist, Professor, Birmingham City University
Julia Borossa, Associate Professor, Director Centre for Psychoanalysis, Middlesex University
Yannis Grammatopoulous, Psychoanalyst, Doctoral candidate, Middlesex University
David Henderson, Psychotherapist, Senior Lecturer, Middlesex University, Convener of the Apophatic Discourse Research Network.
Sharon Kivland, Artist, Reader in Fine Art, Sheffield Hallam University.
Caroline Rooney, Professor of African and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Kent 

Organised by: The Pandora Research Group, Middlesex University (Centre for Psychoanalysis), l’Université Picardie Jules Verne (CRP-CPO EA 7273, Departement of psychology), l’Université Paris Diderot (CRPMS EA 3522, UFR Etudes Psychanalytiques) and the Freud Museum London.

Co-organised by the Institut français du Royaume-Uni 

Supported by In Press publishers. 

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