Spring has sprung and summer is upon us!
Image from Scansion in Psychoanalysis and Art: The Cut in Creation with Dr. Vanessa Sinclair
Carl and I have just moved from Stockholm to Småland, and for those who don't know what that means, it means we moved from the bustle of the big city to the countryside for a slower pace of life. We are currently settling into our new home and will surely resume our schedule of publishing and podcasting soon enough, but for now I just want to point out this specific event I have coming up at Morbid Anatomy Museum. It is an online event to be held Saturday, June 26, 1PM EDT (19 CEST).
I will be giving a talk about my new book Scansion in Psychoanalysis and Art: The Cut in Creation, focusing on the latter section of the book (which I haven't done before) "When Art Becomes Life (and Death)" as it fits the themes of Morbid Anatomy's audience splendidly.
Part IV - When Art Becomes Life (and Death)
Chapter 11: Acting Out: Pop, Street and Performance Art
Chapter 12: Cut from the Collective: Alternative Communities
Chapter 13: Body Modification, Polymorphous Perversity and Pandrogeny
Chapter 14: Technology, Morbidity, Death and the Unexpected
Specifically, these chapters discuss the work of Joe Coleman, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Joel-Peter Witkin, Breyer P-Orridge, Stelarc, Charlotte Rodgers, Pierre Molinier, Hans Bellmer and Unica Zürn, Ovartaci, Francis Bacon, Kurt Schwitters, Little Annie Bandez, Val Denham, Andy Warhol, Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith, as well as collectives Crass and Thee Temple of Psychick Youth (TOPY), all through a Freudian-Lacanian psychoanalytic lens, of course. The work of the Dadas, Surrealists, Brion Gysin and William Burroughs will also be mentioned.
Morbid Anatomy is one of the best things around! When they were a brick and mortar building in Brooklyn, I was a member and hosted a series of events with them exploring the intersections of psychoanalysis, the arts and the occult. You can see a list of those events here. Now that they are virtual, we support their Patreon. For $5/month, you get access to recordings of a ton of their events and more!
They've also invited me to curate a month of events in September as a residency. More on that soon, so stay tuned!
In the meantime, be sure to check out their other upcoming events listed below. You can also listen to my interview with Founder and Creative Director of Morbid Anatomy, Joanna Ebenstein, for Rendering Unconscious Podcast:
RU76: JOANNA EBENSTEIN, CURATOR & AUTHOR OF MORBID ANATOMY
MORBID ANATOMY LIVE, VIRTUAL EVENTS THIS MONTH AND BEYOND
We are delighted to share a number of exciting upcoming events with you! Hope to see you there!
This Sunday (!), we are thrilled to welcome Dr. Manon Hedenborg White for an illustrated exploration of femininity and sexuality in Western esotericism with a fascinating look at interpretations of the goddess Babalon over time.
Later, we'll be provided with an intimate look at legendary Surrealist figure Leonora Carrington by her son, Gabriel Weisz Carrington; explore the sirens of ancient Greece with scholar Liz Andres; and consider the long and rich relationship between psychoanalysis and the fine arts with psychoanalyst Dr Vanessa Sinclair.
Next month and beyond, we'll learn about the cultural history of ghosts with art historian Susan Owens; visit the spectacular and gruesome public dissections that took place in Ancient Rome with Dr Claire Bubb; and separate fact from fiction in an attempt to solve the mystery of Michael Rockefeller's death with award-winning journalist Carl Hoffman.
Every Friday—Eastern-trained meditation teacher and end-of-life doula Bryan Melillo offers a virtual guided death meditation on a drop-in basis. Please note, these meditations will not be recorded for later viewing.
And finally, we hope to see you at two free, exclusive, virtual member's-only tours private collections tour/collector meet-and-greets. On June 12, you will be invited into the incredible home collection of Evan Michelson,antique dealer and co-Star of TV’s "Oddities." And, on July 25, we will visit the astounding home collection of Dr Pat Morris--biologist, author and taxidermy collector. Both events are free to all members of our Online Journal at the 10$/month and above level. More on both here.
Most of our lectures (83 and counting!) are archived permanently for $5/month level or above subscribers to The Morbid Anatomy Online Journal at Patreon. Members also receive discounts on classes, access to exclusive articles and virtual tours, and a rich backlog of audio and video content. More—and join—here.
With love, Vanessa