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For Irma - site specific installation in relation to Freud's theories. 125 objects in the collection.

Seitz, Dallas (2004) For Irma - site specific installation in relation to Freud's theories. 125 objects in the collection. [Art/Design Item]

Type of Research: Art/Design Item
Creators: Seitz, Dallas

The research field is art installation which takes its point of departure from psychoanalytical theory. ‘For Irma’ was a site-specific installation which formed part of ‘The Royal Road to the Unconscious’ exhibition at the Freud Museum, 2003-4.The exhibition was premised on a reprise of an earlier artwork. In the mid 1960s Ed Ruscha threw a ‘Royal’ typewriter from a moving vehicle and created an art gesture known as ‘The Royal Road Test’. He then went on to create an artist’s book that apparently documented the event including the semi-forensic depiction of the scattered body parts of the typewriter.With Ed Ruscha’s consent, ‘The Royal Road Test’ formed a centrepiece and point of departure for ‘The Royal Road to the Unconscious’. Freud was an avid collector and one of his impulses was the careful analysis of the parts that make up a symbolic whole. The researcher based his contributions to the exhibition on Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams from which he extracted references and allusions to objects. A number of objects were then made or sourced and placed within the Freud Museum, including the ‘study’ along with Freud’s own collection of objects. The objects included a malformed skull, a moth, a musical instrument (loaned by sound artist John Wynne) and eyes (loaned by Moorfields Eye Hospital). The choice of objects and their coming were an ‘interpretation’ of Freud’s famous essay ‘For Irma’. Other artists contributing included Simon Morris, Daniel Jackson, John McDowall, Chris Philpot and Greville Worthington. It was curated by Howard Britton with Nathaniel Hepburn. Dallas Seitz received funding from The Canada Council for the Arts and the exhibition was also supported by The Henry Moore Foundation.(http://www.informationasmaterial.com/repeaterstation.htm)

Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: RAE2008 UoA63
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > London College of Communication
Date: 28 January 2004
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2009 00:03
Last Modified: 03 May 2011 13:20
Item ID: 1401
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/1401

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