"The Artist as Writer as Artist" Workshop with Laura González
This course examines the practice of writing as an artwork in itself. We will work on style and presentation and I will introduce you to methods of writing. We will explore how writers and artists write, and how they present their work in text, installation, book, performance or sound formats. We will explore genres, storytelling, tense, voice, instruments for writing, substrates, the relation between image and text, scores, who gets to speak and the act of performing text. I will show you examples of works by Sophie Calle, Sarah Tripp, Sharon Kivland, Guillermo Gomez Peña, Susan Brind, Liam Gillick, Tim Etchells, Jill Magid, Mike Nelson, Simon Fujiwara, Simon Morris, Alejandro Cesarco and many others.
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’ which will be published by Cambridge Scholars in Autumn 2016.
Art and research topic interests
Dance, performance, psychology and psychoanalysis, the fetish, art writing, socially engaged arts practice, the body, storytelling
Art, writing, practice, words