Unconscious Objects: Art & Psychoanalysis

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This interdisciplinary programme of five sessions will bring together art and clinical psychoanalysis in an effort to consider what they might have to offer each other: both fields emphasise experience, encounter and creativity. Each session will focus on a different theme: art & psychoanalysis, objects, spaces, practices, and encounters. The group will meet in IMMA on Saturdays for three hours (10.00-13.00) on the following dates: 20 October 2018, 17 November 2018, 19 January 2019, 16 February 2019, and 23 March 2019. The initial session will provide an opportunity for the group to begin thinking together about art and psychoanalysis. Sessions two to five will be programmed alongside exhibitions currently showing at IMMA to facilitate a sustained engagement with the work of particular artists and curators. Sessions two to five will begin with an hour-long visit to a different exhibition each time. The exhibitions will include work by Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (November), Mary Swanzy (January), Wolfgang Tillmans (February), and IMMA Collection: Freud Project, Gaze (March). After a tea and coffee break, the session will continue with a ninety-minute discussion of the exhibition together with two or three articles on the theme of the session, which group members will be sent in advance. Each session will be co-facilitated by Dr Noreen Giffney (Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, and Lecturer in Counselling at Ulster University) and Lisa Moran (Curator of Engagement and Learning at IMMA). The group is open to anyone with an interest in art and psychoanalysis. It will be of particular interest to artists, curators, cultural theorists, art critics, and psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and clinicians in related clinical fields with an interest in psychoanalytic and psychodynamic ways of thinking (psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, counsellors). This series has been awarded 15 CPD points by the Psychoanalytic Section of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP). Certificates will be available at the end of the series. The Unconscious Objects series has been developed by Dr Noreen Giffney of Psychoanalysis + at the invitation of, and in discussion with, Lisa Moran. All five sessions will be facilitated by Noreen and Lisa.
Period20 Oct 201823 Mar 2019
Event typeCourse
LocationDublin, IrelandShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Art
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Visual Culture
  • Psychosocial Studies
  • Curatorial Practice
  • Clinical Practice
  • Psychocultural Studies