Amazing Psychoanalysis of Art

18.04.2021 - 25.04.2021

Another great online event! Amazing Psychoanalysis of Art! This course takes place on two consecutive Sundays. Online Course, April 18th and 25th, 2021. You need to register and pay the fee to attend.

Course Description:
What is Art? What emotions or sensations do you feel when you create? What is the relationship between art, dreams, mourning, phantasy, symbolization, subjectivity, identity, sexuality and the unconscious? This course seeks to introduce the area of overlap between psychoanalysis and art, including the mutual influences, borrowings, and inspirations between these two supposedly separate domains. It includes the psychodynamics of the creative process, aesthetic experience, studies of painting, literature, fairy tales, music and film, and also an introduction to the clinical practice of art therapy.

Dr Joseph Dodds, PhD, is a psychoanalyst (IPA), Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol, BPS), Psychotherapist (UKCP), senior psychology lecturer (AAU, UNYP), and scientific secretary of the Czech Psychoanalytical Society (IPA). He is author of the book Psychoanalysis and Ecology at the Edge of Chaos: Complexity theory, Deleuze|Guattari and psychoanalysis for a climate in crisis (Dodds, Routledge, 2011). His research includes psychoanalytic approaches to art, film, neuroscience, society, and climate change.

Prerequisites: Foundation in Psychoanalysis, or equivalent.
Length of study: 12 hours of taught time (plus readings and assignments), taken as a two-day course over a weekend.
Psychoanalytic approaches to art, including aesthetic experience, the creative process, studies of painting, literature, fairy tales, music and film, and also an introduction to the contemporary clinical practice of art therapy. It is required that you first complete the Foundation in Psychoanalysis course, or equivalent.

Course Schedule:
Sunday 17th April:
Session 1. 9-10:30. Introduction to psychoanalysis and art: Chaplin and comedy.
20 minutes break.
Session 2. 10:50-12:20. Surrealism and the dream: film
1 hour Lunch break.
Session 3. 13:20-14:50. Conflict and creativity: Freudian aesthetics and portraiture
20 minutes break.
Session 4. 15:10-16:40. Jung, myth and fairy tales
Sunday 25th April:
Session 1. 9-10:30. Kleinian aesthetics
20 minutes break.
Session 2. 10:50-12:20. The potential space of art: music
1 hour Lunch break.
Session 3. 13:20-14:50. Literature: Kafka and Shakespeare
20 minutes break.
Session 4. 15:10-16:40. Art therapy

Course Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate abilities to apply definitions and main concepts of different psychoanalytic schools to explain and interpret different aspects of art.
2. Think theoretically and experientially about the clinical practice of art therapy.
3. Understand and explore the psychology of the creative process.
4. Describe different psychoanalytic approaches to the psychology of the aesthetic experience for the viewer, reader, or audience.
5. Apply psychoanalytic theory to interpret specific works of art.
6. Study the psychology of individual artists.
7. Compare and contrast difference between the psychoanalytical theories, outline the limits and controversies individual psychoanalytical theories imply when describing the same phenomena.
8. Describe and expand on the development of psychoanalytic aesthetics.
9. Apply psychoanalytic knowledge to the domains of painting, literature, music and film.
10. Demonstrate attainment of interpretive psychoanalytic perspectives applicable not just to the realm of art but also phenomena ranging from culture, politics, ecology, psychopathology and the media.

Course Assessment:
This course is assessed both through class participation and through a written assignment. Students are to chose an approved topic to write a single paper, 6 pages double spaced, on that topic. In addition to class readings they should do their own research on their chosen topic, the instructor will help guide you towards the relevant literature, and submit the paper within two weeks of the class ending. Extensions are possible if required.

Date: Sunday, April 18 and 25, 2021
Price: 370 €
Contact: +420 775078205 /
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