"Self-care" with Laura González
My course aims to devise and develop strategies for caring for the self (you!) while making work, and, perhaps, making work about self-care. This is the very first step towards full, present, fruitful collaboration, as without the artist, there is no art. Or is there? What do you need to understand about your practice, and your life, to be sustainable? What do you need to take care of? What do you need to let go of? Although quite performance based, the course also welcomes you if your practice is not performance, as we will aim to introduce working practices, ethics of care, reading and writing that cares for you whatever kind of work you make.
We will work, for example, on understanding the challenges and demands of practicing art, on letting go, making work and then destroying it, on ritual making, stillness, silence, meditation, intention setting, on daily practices, walks, nature, on risk taking and preparations for it. We will develop strategies to observe the self such as reflexive journals, self-portraiture and autobiographical film-making. At the end of the course, we will share our explorations and gift our self-care strategies to the rest of the Transart community.
Laura González is an artist and writer. She has spoken at numerous events, including the MFIT in New York, the Medical Museum in Copenhagen, CAA and the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society. When she is not following Freud, Lacan and Marx’s footsteps with her camera, she supervises students at the Glasgow School of Art. She has written on the seductive qualities of Philippe Stack’s Juicy Salif for a book on creativity. She co-edited a collection of essays titled ‘Madness, Women and the Power of Art’ (2013) to which she contributed a work, written with Eleanor Bowen. She has performed with various dance companies, including Michael Clark, Barrowland Ballet and Scottish Dance Theatre. Her current work explores knowledge and the body of the hysteric through text, dance performance and video and she has recently written a monograph entitled 'Make Me Yours: How Art Seduces' (Cambridge Scholars, July 2016).