The Architecture of a Problem

(Psychoanalysis and Creative Practice)  

An Interview with Professor Malcolm Quinn  

Psychoanalysis has the character of a Promethean wound in that it has survived so many debunking’s and re-interpretations to grow back and undergo another renewal and return to its foundations in a rhythm that would more than likely amuse its founder.

It is now approximately one hundred and twenty years since Freud formulated his ideas and created psychoanalysis, since that point Freud’s dream of widespread acceptance of his theory has never fully come to pass but despite continued attacks from alternate theoretical frameworks and threatened irrelevance from the brain sciences Freud’s ideas persist and offer serious challenges to the would be usurpers.

In the arts psychoanalysis proves a compelling subject for or companion to art making inspiring first the Surrealists and subsequently such significant artists as Louise Bourgeois, Antony Gormley and Damien Hirst to name a few, however since the most scathing and convincing criticism of surrealism came from Freud himself we can safely say that incorporating psychoanalysis is always problematic.

To explore if this is a necessary problem Professor Malcolm Quinn shares his thoughts on psychoanalytic approaches in art and design. Read the interview here