Art, Performance and Free Association

  • Simon Bayly (Keynote/plenary speaker)
  • Raluca Soreanu (Keynote/plenary speaker)

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An experiential study day exploring 'free association' as both a method of enquiry pioneered by Freudian psychoanalysis and as an evocation of various kinds of collective practice – whether political, educational, artistic or spiritual – that are freely chosen and determined by those who take part, beyond familiar forms of belonging or organisation. Taking the dream as foundational for the theory and practice of free association, the day unfolded through a series of participatory sessions that engaged with both the collective and the dream as intelligent things. Led by psychoanalyst and social theorist, Dr Raluca Soreanu (University of Essex) and Dr Simon Bayly, Reader in Drama, Theatre and Performance (Roehampton), the day was primarily shaped through the shared contributions of participants in response to joint tasks and readings. part of a series of events supported by the TECHNE doctoral award consortium.
Period6 Dec 2019
Event typeConference
LocationLondon, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational