Third Annual UCBA Faculty & Staff Art Exhibition

March 20 – April 21, 2017
Opening Reception on Friday, March 24, 2017 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

This exhibit showcases the work of active artists and scholars making significant contributions to the arts, enhancing dissemination research through visual representation in their respective disciplines, and promoting student education in academic programs at UC Blue Ash College. The various academic departments and offices represented include: Art & Visual Communication; Biology; Disability Services Office; Electronic Media Communications; English & Communications; Foreign Language; and History, Philosophy and Political Science.

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New Publication in The International Journal of the Literary Humanities

 

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by Matt Bennett

The International Journal of Literary Humanities, Volume 15, Issue 1, March 2017, pp.9-14.

Abstract: Amidst the hardboiled detectives, doomed protagonists, and femmes fatales in “films noirs,” works of art often operate as characters in their own right, effecting their own double-crossings. Thus far, the presence of art in the mise-en-scene has remained a largely untapped resource in helping to understand these popular American films of the 1940s and 1950s. In this article, I explore the deployment of art in noir as a duplicitous narrative device, with intentions ranging from confusion through deceit to destruction. Art can function to drive the narrative, but can also serve as a canvas upon which characters can project their own fantasies. Art can also be understood as the product of the sublimated sex drive of artist characters appearing in the films. The capacity of images to conceal the truth is fully taken advantage of in noir, and the perfidy of those images is central to the narrative of many of the films.

Narrative Portraiture Opening Reception

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The UCBA Art Gallery will be hosting a reception this Friday, February 10, 2017 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM. The reception is free and open to the public, with refreshments provided. We are celebrating the opening of the current exhibition, Narrative Portraiture. This show will be on display from February 6 – March 13, 2017 and features the work of five artists: Kathryn Jill Johnson (Huntsville, AL), Melanie Johnson (Prairie Village, KS), Boryana Rusenova-Ina (Columbus, Ohio), Stafford Smith (Grand Rapids, MI) and William Paul Thomas (Chapel Hill, NC). The work in the exhibition has been selected because these artists all use various techniques to present portraits of human subjects that tell stories. The work consists of painting, drawing, fabric, photography and video.

Facebook event information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1793360797656021/

New Publication in The International Journal of the Literary Humanities

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Totem and Tableaux: The Elegiac Photography of Hannah Maynard

by Matt Bennett

The International Journal of Literary Humanities, Volume 14, Issue 4, December 2016, pp.55-63.

Abstract: Although there is no evidence that Canadian photographer Hannah Maynard (1834–1918) produced post-mortem photographic images in her fifty-year-long career as a portraitist, she did create a kind of recurring elegy to the dead in many of her experimental images. Apparition-like photo-statuary of living subjects posed in typical Victorian allegories of death appear frequently in her work. She also created complex multiple exposures, some of which include purposefully placed portraits of dead family members, photographed in life. Maynard’s images, employing techniques of collage and “re-photography,” work to level distinctions between the living and dead.

Freudian psychoanalysis is so popular in Argentina, even prisoners go once a week

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Freudian psychoanalysis is all the rage in Argentina. This is the country with the highest number of psychologists per capita and where psychoanalysis is a standard treatment option for kids. So it makes sense that in prisons, too, the inmates get Freudian psychoanalysis once a week.

At least that’s the case in one Buenos Aires prison, where psychologist and researcher Alicia Iacuzzi has headed the program for 30 years. Other mental health services for prisoners have a more Lacanian approach, based on the work of French psychoanalyst and psychiatrist Jacques Lacan, but Iacuzzi believes that Freud provides the best guidelines for prison therapy.

Read more: http://qz.com/762734/freudian-psychoanalysis-is-so-popular-in-argentina-even-prisoners-go-once-a-week/

August 20, 2016

 

Fake Blood – Questions (unofficial music video)

Fake Blood has new track, “Questions (original mix),” on the Maximono Selections compilation. I couldn’t resist editing together a little video to accompany it.

Please support Fake Blood by purchasing this track through Amazon at:

https://www.amazon.com/Questions/dp/B01DB0GJ9Q

or through Beatport at:

https://www.beatport.com/track/questions-original-mix/7790309

The images and sounds in this video are the properties of the copyright holders. I mean in no way to infringe on them. The content is used solely for the purposes of criticism.

Where the Wild Things Are

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This Friday, June 24, the Association for Psychoanalytic Thought presents Where the Wild Things Are, directed by Spike Jonze based on Maurice Sendak’s book. The screening will be followed by discussion about grief in a dramatic dreamscape by Rachel Zlatkin, Professor of English at NKU, and Alla Baskakova, psychiatrist at VA Medical Center.

Wine and cheese at 6:30. Program starts at 7pm.

Location: Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute, 3001 Highland Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45219

Please RSVP: Norman Hirsch, hirschnorman@gmail.com or 513-515-6836.

Dada Lives! Opening Reception: Friday, April 29, 5pm

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Dada Lives! is an international exhibition by contemporary Dada-inspired artists from across the United States, and over 20 other nations, conceived to celebrate the centennial of the founding of the Dada movement in 1916. The exhibition’s opening reception is also the publication party for a new, contemporary Dada art and poetry review, MetaDada: The International Journal of Dada Mining, the inaugural issue of which will be published on the 100th anniversary of the first Dada publication, Cabaret Voltaire, which appeared on May 15, 1916.

Please join us for the opening artist reception on Friday, April 29, 2016 from 5-9pm at the UCBA College Art Gallery.

https://www.facebook.com/events/224983567876757/

 

New publication in PsyArt Journal

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Sookie and Symptom, Vampire and Void: Irruption of the Real in True Blood

February 18, 2016 ·

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Sookie Stackhouse, the protagonist of HBO’s True Blood, is a telepath who has grown up knowing what people “really” think. From the first episode, however, moments suggest we view her character symptomatically—after all, she hears voices in her head. The series then becomes an illustration of Lacanian concepts of subjectivity and the Real. Sookie is a sexually-repressed 24-year-old virgin, molested by her great uncle and left in the care of her grandmother, with whom she still lives after losing both parents. The extimate sexualized voices in her head can be read as a mechanism constructed to cope with traumatic loss and abuse, and to justify her repression. The introduction of vampire Bill Compton signals the irruption of the Real in the Symbolic order. His unreadable mind presents a void upon which to project her fantasies, but their relationship, mirroring that of analyst and analysand, provides a way for Sookie to work through her symptoms.

View the full article here:

http://journal.psyart.org/article/sookie-and-symptom-vampire-and-void-irruption-of-the-real-in-true-blood/

Psychoanalysis as Core Training

active-18975_640Core training has become the gold standard for physical fitness. A strong core has many benefits, from improving balance, stabilizing the back, preventing injury, and even helping us breathe. Core training goes hand in hand with functional training. With a strong core, we can move more easily and capably in life.

Now, knowing that I am a psychoanalyst, maybe you can see where this is going! People often wonder about the aim of psychoanalysis. What is its purpose, what does it do for you, how does it help you in life? I think that psychoanalysis is akin to core training. The help offered is aimed at strengthening us at the core of our psyches. Once strengthened at the core, we become more capable in our psychological, emotional, and relational lives…

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/headshrinkers-guide-the-galaxy/201603/psychoanalysis-core-training

Jennifer Kunst – Psychology Today