florencepsych-art2017


BIOGRAPHIES & ABSTRACTS


PLENARY SPEAKERS

DAVID FREEDBERG
Vision and Multimodality
ABSTRACT This paper will address the importance of understanding the dynamics of cultural transmission across the globe, and of comprehending both the esthetic and psychological consequences of modern, contemporary technologies, especially by digital means, of image multiplication.
BIOGRAPHY David Freedberg is Pierre Matisse Professor of the History of Art and Director of the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University, New York. In July 2015 he became the Director of the Warburg Institute at the University of London. Professor Freedberg is well known for his landmark book, The Power of Images: Studies in the History and Theory of Response, a far-reaching study of psychological responses to art (1989, University of Chicago Press). Professor Freedberg also has done pioneering work on the relationship between motor and emotional responses to works of art, and other forms of figuration, and their neural substrates.

JONATHAN LEAR
Psychoanalysis and Philosophy: The Ancient Greek Heritage in the Contemporary World
ABSTRACT Plato and Aristotle set out an understanding of what it means to be a human being, and why it should matter, that has had a profound influence for two and a half millennia. But there is a question of how we are to inherit that legacy. This talk will explore the crucial place of psychoanalysis in developing this ancient tradition and bringing it into contemporary life.
BIOGRAPHY Jonathan Lear is the Director of the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society at the University of Chicago. He is John U. Nef Professor at the Committee on Social Thought and in the Department of Philosophy. He is a trained psychoanalyst and serves on the faculties of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and the Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis. Among his books are Freud and Radical Hope: Ethics in the Face of Cultural Devastation. His newest book Wisdom Won from Illness will be published by Harvard University Press in the autumn 2016.

MICHAEL PARSONS
Transforming Vision
ABSTRACT Soul does not exist automatically; it needs to be created. The senses have sometimes been seen as a distraction from this, but such an idea is wrong. The body and its sensory experience are the channel through which soul finds its way into being, and art is a revelation of this process.
BIOGRAPHY Michael Parsons is a training analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society and a member of the French Psychoanalytic Association. His first degree was in classics and philosophy, after which he studied medicine, became a psychiatrist and then a psychoanalyst. He is the author of two books: The Dove that Returns, The Dove that Vanishes: Paradox and Creativity in Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2000), and Living Psychoanalysis: From Theory to Experience (Routledge, 2014).

DAVID ROSENMEYER
Fascism in Music: Carmina Burana Represents the Darkest Parts of the Soul
ABSTRACT Why is this topic usually avoided? Just as the military march inspires aggression and prepares people for battle, what I am calling fascist music similarly evokes hostile feelings in the listener. Classical examples like the chorus in Beethoven's 9th and the Hallelujah Chorus escape this definition because they contain dialectical elements in the music itself such as modulation or variation. Fascist music crushes the otherness through the domination of a single musical idea that presents itself falsely as representing the individual forces of participants and listeners.
BIOGRAPHY David Rosenmeyer is the Music Director of the Fairfield County Chorale, which he led earlier this season in a performance of Beethoven's Ninth with the New Haven Symphony orchestra. He also the Oratorio Society's Associate Conductor and has conducted the Society's Carnegie Hall performances of Stravinsky's Mass (2007), the Cantique de Jean Racine (2008), Britten's Te Deum in C (2010), and the chamber orchestra in Britten's War Requiem (2013) and Bernstein's Chihester Psalms earlier this year. In addition, he serves on the Mannes conducting staff, as a conductor and vocal coach with the International Vocal Arts Institute where he trains opera singers in workshops in New York, Tel-Aviv and Montreal.



SYMPOSIUM SPEAKERS

STEFANO BOLOGNINI
Sensuality and Spirituality in Bolognese Art from the 16th to 19th Centuries
ABSTRACT From the painting depicting "Joseph and Potiphar's Wife" by Carlo Cignani, through other famous Bolognese art works, we will explore the theme of convergences and divergences of sensuality and spirituality in religious art: a recurrent theme in a city that has always breathed a powerfully sensual and earthly atmosphere, in stark contrast with its centuries-old history as the second capital of the Papal States, dotted with churches, monasteries and religious institutions.
BIOGRAPHY Stefano Bolognini is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, former President of the Italian Psychoanalytic Society and current President of the International Psychoanalytic Association. He lives and works in Bologna (Italy). Among his books, "Psychoanalytic Empathy" (2002, Free Association, London), "Secret Passages. Theory and Technique of the Interpsychic Dimension"(2008, Routledge, London), "Like Wind, Like Wave"(2006, Other Press, New York).

JEREMY BOUDREAU
"La Piazza della Santissima Annunziata": A Renasissance Crossway of Faith, Charity and Hope
ABSTRACT This introductory lecture considers the rich artistic and social history of the Santissima Annunziata Square, where we will be meeting. The masses of worshipers attracted to the Servite church and its conspicuous miracle-working image of the Virgin Mary provided a prominent location for the construction of the city's first corporate-sponsored foundling hospital. In both form and function, the resulting urban space remains a lasting testament to Florence's Renaissance Humanist values and the civic responsibilities of its leaders, as well as a fitting setting for the Seventh Triennial Symposium on Psychoanalysis and the Arts.
BIOGRAPHY Jeremy Boudreau is Head of History of Art at the British Institute of Florence. After studying Museum Education at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, he completed his MA in Art History at Syracuse University as a Florence Fellow. Jeremy is a member of the Association of Art Historians (AAH), the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and serves as the Academic Coordinator for the annual Palazzo Strozzi Foundation USA High School Renaissance Award Program.

LAWRENCE BROWN
The Unbearable Glare of Living: The Sublime, Bion's Theory of 'O' and J.M.W. Turner, 'Painter of Light'
ABSTRACT This paper explores the concept of the "Sublime" in the romantic period and relates it to Bion's concept of "O." Both the Sublime and O are abstractions that capture experiences of awe and mystery that may be approached and represented, but never fully understood. Some of Turner's paintings are discussed to illustrate how over time his work became more abstract and increasingly approximated the essence (O) of light.
BIOGRAPHY Lawrence Brown is a child and adult analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute where he is a supervising child analyst and faculty member. He has published many papers on various topics, with a particular interest in the work of Wilfred Bion. Dr. Brown is the author of Intersubjective Processes and the Unconscious: An Integration of Freudian, Kleinian and Bionian Perspectives (2011) and the forthcoming book Contemporary Psychoanalysis: The Theory and Technique of Transformations to be published by Karnac.

ALEXANDRA CAMPERI
The Political Transformation of a Myth - Orpheus and Eurydice in Vienna
ABSTRACT This paper examines how the myth of Orpheus, which is invoked at every turning point of operatic history, is subjected to a subtle metamorphosis for not-so-subtle social and political ends. In this particular case study, the story is surreptitiously modified so that the leading female character conforms to the image of gender roles pushed by the secretive but powerful Freemasonry in pre-Josephinian Vienna. The agenda was so well hidden that it went undiscovered for over three centuries.
BIOGRAPHY Alexandra Amati-Camperi is an Italian musicologist, Professor of Music at the University of San Francisco, specializing in Renaissance music and in the study of Italian opera, specifically through a feminist critique lens. She holds a Laurea (BA/MA equivalent) in Slavic Studies and Philology from the University of Pisa, Italy, as well as a Masters and a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from Harvard University.

GIUSEPPE CIVITARESE
Transformation in 'O' as Bion's Rhetoric of the Sublime
ABSTRACT As the rhetoric of the sublime gives indications to writers to attain the utmost sentiment of beauty in art, so Bion's theory of O offers technical guidance to analysts to reach the ideal form of lived, affective, experiential comprehension of what is going on in analysis. A comparison between the respective technical rules and theoretical backgrounds can enrich our understanding of both theories. In fact, each of them can be seen as a theory about how to promote the process of subjectivation.
BIOGRAPHY Giuseppe Civitarese is a training and supervising analyst in the Italian Psychoanalytic Society (SPI), and a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA). Currently he is the editor of the Rivista di Psicoanalisi, the official journal of SPI. Among his books are: The Violence of Emotions: Bion and Post-Bionian Psychoanalysis, London, 2012; The Necessary Dream: New Theories and Techniques of Interpretation in Psychoanalysis, London, 2014; forthcoming; Losing Your Head: Abjection, Aesthetic Conflict and Psychoanalytic Criticism, Lanham, MD 2015; The Analytic Field and its Transformations (with A. Ferro), London 2015.

BRADLEY COLLINS
The Nude in Pop Art: Fetish and Fantasy
ABSTRACT During the first stirrings of the sexual revolution, the female nude played a prominent role in the work of important Pop Artists such as Tom Wesselmann and Mel Ramos. This paper will not only explore the conscious and unconscious fears and desires that these images evoke, but will also pay particular attention to the ways in which they combine sexual and commodity fetishism.
BIOGRAPHY Bradley Collins is an Associate Teaching Professor at Parsons School of Design. He received his Ph.D. in Art History from Columbia University and has a longstanding interest in art and psychoanalysis. In addition to contributing articles and reviews in a variety of journals, he has published two books, Leonardo, Psychoanalysis, and Art History and Van Gogh and Gauguin: Electric Arguments and Utopian Dreams.

LUCY DANIELS
In So Many Words
ABSTRACT In So Many Words is a documentary that explores the inner life of a woman whose Southern Gothic childhood has both tormented and motivated her at each phase of her life. Lucy Daniels was born into a prominent Raleigh, North Carolina newspaper family and she lived, and almost died, by her ability to write. Despite suffering from severe anorexia (she weighed only 50 pounds at age seventeen) and enduring brutal and barbaric treatment in mental hospitals far from home, she penned a bestseller there (Caleb, My Son) and won a Guggenheim, all before age twenty-two. This film uses imagined narrative, constructed dream sequences, intimate interviews and Lucy's own writing to bring her story to the silver screen.
BIOGRAPHY Lucy Daniels is a clinical psychologist and author of the internationally best-selling novel, Caleb, My Son (1956) which made her a Guggenheim fellow at age 22. Since then she has published two more novels, High on a Hill (1961) and The Eyes of the Father (2005); a memoir, With a Woman's Voice (2002); and Dreaming Your Way to Creative Freedom (2005), showing her use of dreams to overcome writer's block and other problems. In 2013 Walking with Moonshine, a collection of stories written from age 15 to 79 was followed by a documentary film of her extraordinary life, In So Many Words. This newest collection of linked stories, Maritime Magistery, shows the similarity of human craziness and wild weather at the beach..

PHILLIP FREEMAN
The Lure and Taboo of Forbidden Worlds and Virtual Realities
ABSTRACT There have long been fears that daydream fantasy poses a risk to survival. Samuel Johnson wrote of the "dangerous prevalence of the imagination". In this spirit, theater, at times, has been outlawed. Similarly, Freud warned of the "over-luxuriant fantasy." Most recently, virtual technologies raise the specter of dissolution. And yet, creative writers, transitional analysts and cybernauts also offer the imagination as humanity's last stand, a portal to all that is most important. Passionate artistic and analytic quests to express the inexpressible border at times on mysticism. This talk will consider dramatic moments in the history of our ambivalent attempts to come to terms with the imagination.
BIOGRAPHY Dr. Freeman is a psychiatrist and Training and Supervising psychoanalyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute. His recent publications focus on themes of reality and illusion in the analytic setting, virtual reality technologies, and the arts. He serves as a consultant and playwright for theater companies in Boston and New York.

JANE MCADAM FREUD
Ellipse Illusion - From the Crescent to the Whole of the Moon
ABSTRACT Through my explorations in sculpture, made while contemplating what made me want to make a life out of making art, I look at those first things seen and felt in the tactile sense - the affects from my mother. Talking through these recent works, I focus on the beginning - the breast as a determining experience: How it became a forerunner to other sensory experience - via the sandpit and the discovery of clay and other materials used for sculpture, and how this early experience on the breast continues to manifest in my works.
BIOGRAPHY Jane McAdam Freud is the daughter of Lucian Freud and Katherine McAdam. Her multi-disciplinary practice includes, drawing, print and digital media with her main focus on sculpture. She received her first degree from Central School of Art, London, was awarded the British Art Medal Scholarship in Rome and is also a graduate of the Royal College of Art. Jane shows her work in Europe, America, Canada and Asia. Her works are represented in national and international public collections, including the British Museum, the V&A, Ashmolean and Fitzwillam museums, the Berlin State Museum, the Brooklyn Museum (USA) and the National Museum of Copenhagen.

VITTORIO GALLESE
Movies: Embodied Simulation and Film Experience
ABSTRACT The discovery of mirror neurons (MNs) has influenced the debate on action, gestures, motor and spatial knowledge, emotions and empathy, all of which recently have been deeply reconsidered within film studies. I will focus on the role-embodied simulation (ES) - a theory triggered by the discovery of MNs - plays in film style and techniques and in their experience. ES shows that people reuse their own mental states or processes represented with a bodily format in functionally attributing them to others. We map objects, space and the actions of others onto our own motor representations, as well as others' emotions and sensations onto our own viscero-motor and sensory-motor representations. The potential relevance of ES to film experience will be discussed, by reviewing theoretical and empirical work from our lab on the experience of moving images, with particular emphasis on camera movements and montage.
BIOGRAPHY Vittorio Gallese is Professor of Physiology at the University of Parma and Professor of Experimental Aesthetics at the School of Advanced Study of the University of London. He is a cognitive neuroscientist and one of the discoverers of mirror neurons. His research focuses on the brain mechanisms underlying social cognition, empathy and aesthetic experience. He co-authored with Massimo Ammaniti The Birth of Intersubjectivity: Psychodynamics, Neurobiology, and the Self (New York: Norton, 2014), and with Michele Guerra Lo Schermo Empatico. Cinema e Neuroscienze (Milano: Raffaello Cortina Editore, 2015).

J. DAVID MILLER
To Vermeer's "Studio" in Search of the Sublime
ABSTRACT With "The Artist in his Studio" (a detail of which is in our Symposium logo) Vermeer touches not only the "senses," but also the "soul." Evoking his passions within an overall harmony, he creates an effect that is sublime. This work was never for sale, remaining with Vermeer until his death. In its balance of complexity and order, it may have served him, and may also serve the responsive viewer, as a soothing container, a symbolic representation of the "good analytic hour."
BIOGRAPHY J. David Miller, M.D. is a Supervising and Training Analyst at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the George Washington University Medical School. A recent paper in American Imago addresses the enigma of Giorgio Morandi's image: Morandi was deeply connected with the Italian art world in the early and mid-twentieth century and yet has been widely considered to be a recluse. In recent years he has published a paper in the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association on sublimation as the common ground of analysis and the arts, as well as papers in which he applies psychoanalysis to the art of Matisse and of Morandi.

CAROL NEUMAN DE VEGVAR
"High and Horn-Gabled": The Anglo-Saxon Royal Hall in Poetic Imagination and Archaeological Fragmentation
ABSTRACT The freestanding Anglo-Saxon hall is best known through literature, most notably the Old English epic poem Beowulf, as a site of elite feasting and gift giving as social mechanisms of rulership. In recent decades, archaeologists have unearthed several examples of such halls. This paper will contrast the imagery of the hall as place and space in the Old English poetic imagination with what is known and not known through archaeology of the hall as a lived sensory experience.
BIOGRAPHY Carol Neuman de Vegvar is Frank and Eva Packard Professor in the Fine Arts Department at Ohio Wesleyan University. She has served as an officer of the International Center of Medieval Art and as publications director for the Association Villard de Honnecourt for Interdisciplinary Study of Medieval Technology, Science and Art. Her books include Roma Felix - Formation and Reflections of Medieval Rome (co-edited with Éamonn Ó Carragáin) and The Northumbrian Renaissance: A Study in the Transmission of Style.

DIANE O'DONOGHUE
Freud's Signorelli: Paintings at the Scene of Forgetting
ABSTRACT Revisiting the well-known lapse of memory that occasioned Freud's first published account, in 1898, of the mechanisms of the unconscious offers insights both psychical and art historical. In forgetting the name of the Tuscan-born artist, Luca Signorelli (c1445-1523), whose cycle of paintings Freud visited in the Duomo of Orvieto in 1897, he offered an explication that detailed the workings displacement, substitution, and repression, all only incidentally connected to the painter and his work. But the relationship between psyche and pigment may be closer here than Freud suggested, and this connection will be presented as another aspect of the forgetting that occurs in this story.
BIOGRAPHY Diane O'Donoghue is an art historian and Senior Fellow for the Humanities at the Jonathan M. Tisch College at Tufts University, where she has been a faculty member and chair of the Department of Visual and Critical Studies. She is also a scholar member of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and is currently on the faculty. She is currently completing a book on Freud's uses of visual culture in his earliest constructions of the unconscious.

EVA D. PAPIASVILI
Dante: The Divine Comedy that Transformed the Soul and the Culture
ABSTRACT Dante's Divine Comedy has been called 'psychoanalysis of the middle ages', as it poetically describes a soul healing transformative journey through a hierarchical internal world. The presentation will offer multiperspectival in depth view of how the poem inspired artists such as Giotto, Botticelli, Signorelli, Di Paolo, Delacroix, Reynolds, Ingres, Dali, and its pivotal role in the transition from a Medieval to a Renaissance mode of art and thought.
BIOGRAPHY Eva D. Papiasvili is a Senior Clinical Faculty and Supervisor, Doctoral Program of Clinical Psychology, Columbia University in New York. She is the Co-Chair for North America (USA, Canada, Japan), IPA Encyclopedic Dictionary of Psychoanalysis Task Force. Founder and Chair, interdisciplinary transinstututional study group "Psychoanalysis, Art and Creativity" (PAC), New York.

DEBORA SILVERMAN
Art of Darkness: Art Nouveau, 'Style Congo', and the Visual Unconscious of Belgian Colonialism, 1885-2015
ABSTRACT This lecture, drawn from extensive research and a forthcoming book, identifies the origins of Belgian Art Nouveau as a specifically Congo nature style in the 1890s, and the ways that stylistic forms of modernism expressed a displaced encounter with a distant, but encroaching, imperial violence-what I call "the return of the repressor in visual form." The lecture will highlight examples from architecture, design, and public monuments in fin-de-siècle Brussels, Tervuren, and Antwerp.
BIOGRAPHY Debora Silverman is Distinguished Professor of History and Art History at UCLA, where she has taught since 1981 and holds the University of California President's Chair in Modern European History, Art and Culture. She is the author of Art Nouveau in Fin-de-Siècle France, Politics, Psychology, and Style, (UC Press, 1989), which co-won the Berkshire History Prize in 1990; and Van Gogh and Gauguin: The Search for Sacred Art, (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2000) which was awarded the 2001 Ralph Waldo Emerson national prize for best book in the Humanities. Professor Silverman is currently a Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers (2015-2016).

NELLIE THOMPSON
Phyllis Greenacre: The Artist's Body
ABSTRACT A broad range of clinical and theoretical problems captured Phyllis Greenacre's interest during her fifty-year career as a psychoanalyst. They include a constellation of papers written between 1952 and 1972 which constitute her singular contribution to the psychoanalytic study of the nature of the artist's inner life and creative process. Greenacre thought of the artist as living two lives. One was the artist's external life in relationship to the world of contemporary people. The other was internal, Greenacre famously described it as animated by the artist's "love affair" with this world. This inner world arises from the gifted infant's heightened responsiveness to a wide range of external realities, and to the rhythmic stimuli of its own body. This paper will discuss Greenacre's observations on the ways the artist's facility for symbolization preserves the richness of their sensual and experiential lives, thereby giving texture, nuance and depth to their individual creativity.
BIOGRAPHY Nellie Thompson, PhD, is an historian and member of the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, where she serves as the Curator of the Brill Library's Archives and Special Collections. She also is a member of the board of the Sigmund Freud Archives. Her research interests include the role of women psychoanalysts in the psychoanalytic movement, both as institutional actors and contributors to psychoanalytic theory and clinical work. As well she has published papers on the psychoanalytic contributions of mid-20th century American and émigré analysts. With Peter Loewenberg she co-edited 100 Years of the IPA: Centenary of the International Psychoanalytical Association, 1910-2010, Evolution and Change (2011). More recently she edited Play, Gender, Therapy: Selected Papers of Eleanor Galenson. (2015). Her most recent publications include: "Phyllis Greenacre: screen memories and reconstruction" in On Freud's Screen Memories (2015), and with Helene Keable, The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child: A Narrative of Postwar Psychoanalysis, American Imago (2016).

LAURIE WILSON
Louise Nevelson: Light and Shadow.
ABSTRACT An intimate portrait of Louise Nevelson’s remarkable life and art, drawing on hours of personal interviews with the artist at the height of her fame, as well as with her colleagues, friends and family members. The artist transformed the way we look at sculpture and became one of the three great American sculptors of the twentieth century.
BIOGRAPHY Laurie Wilson is a psychoanalyst, art historian, and art therapist. She earned her BA and Ph.D. degrees in Art History from Wellesley College and City University of New York. She received psychoanalytic training at The NYU Psychoanalytic Institute and is on the faculty at the Psychoanalytic Institute for Psychoanalytic Education affiliated with NYU School of Medicine. She is chair of the ApsaA Committee on Psychoanalysis and the Arts. She has published extensively in three fields. Her book Alberto Giacometti: Myth, Magic and the Man was published by Yale University Press in 2003 and her biography, Louise Nevelson: Light and Shadow, will be published by Thames and Hudson in Fall 2016.

GABRIELE ZELONI
Sense the Music to Analyse the Soul
ABSTRACT The author proposes that there are some similarities between listening to music and psychoanalytic listening and between music and non-verbal communication. Some reflections on the properties of music that evoke emotions will be also be presented.
BIOGRAPHY The author currently works in the public sector providing mental health services for children and adolescent, and in private practice as a psychoanalyst and consultant for parents. Previously he worked in Neuropsychological Clinic studying eye movements and attention, and devised glasses for the treatment of Visual Neglect Syndrome. In 2015 he published an article on a new psychoanalytical interpretation of Pinocchio and a novel, The Secret of Blue Fairy, on this subject.





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