Image shown: Mary Swanzy

Unconscious Objects is an interdisciplinary programme bringing 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. The programme is taking place over five sessions from October 2018 to March 2019 at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA).

Unconscious Objects 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).

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 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, 23 February 2019, and 23 March 2019.

Each session will focus on a different theme: art and psychoanalysis, objects, spaces, practices, and encounters. 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 the IMMA Collection: Freud Project (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.

The group will consist of twenty people, including the two facilitators. Group members must commit to attending all five sessions at the time of registration.

CPD Points
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.

This is a free programme but pre-registration is necessary. Further information is available via the brochure:


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