Lisa Castagner: artist meets psychoanalyst to discuss residencies

Artist Lisa Castagner explored the pressures, expectations and rewards of an international residency in this a special performance lecture to mark the end of the 2014 Going Dutch residency.

To mark her return from the 2014 Artquest / M4Gastatlier Going Dutch residency, awardee Lisa Castagner lay on the analyst’s couch to discuss her experience of this 3 month artist’s residency in Amsterdam. Dr Catherine Grant assumed the role of psychoanalyst. Their conversation looked at the role of influence, in the form of films seen during the residency; intention and failure, in relation to the original proposal and its final form; feelings of displacement and isolation as experienced on a residency and how they fed into the atmosphere of the work produced; as well as other outpourings from the artist’s unconscious.

Lisa Castagner is a photographer and makes films that utilise differing techniques in order to explore historical feminist legacies and their relation to the present day. She will present the film ‘Fruits of Labour’ made in response to a still-life painting by the 17th century Dutch Golden Age artist Maria van Oosterwyck.

Dr Catherine Grant is a writer and lecturer in Art and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research interests include the exploration of the re-enactment of histories of feminism in contemporary art, psychoanalytic theories of identity and sexuality and issues of performativity and performance.

This event was run in partnership with the MA Fine Art Course at Chelsea College of Arts as ‘Artist in Residence’ – A View from the Analyst’s Couch on Tuesday 2nd September 2014.


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