Archives for “Collective Identity”

Playing and RealityFor the last episode, I would like to introduce some different positions around the notion of “transitional phenomena” first introduced by the English psychoanalyst and clinical pedopsychiatrist, Donald Woods Winnicott. (1896-1971)


Group Focus Back from Rotterdam, where Marlène Perronet and I attended the “Rotterdam Dialogues” on “the curators”. We transcribe below a discussion we had with Martin Boeckhout, a PhD student in the Department of Philosophy of Science at the University of Amsterdam. [EN]

Crossing-views onlineThis fourth post is a part of my third episode. The interview I made with Marianna Hovhannisyan, a young curator and co-editor of this blog, questions the topic she chose as it is connected to the notion of identity and representation through online positions. By choosing this methodology Marianna proposes a definition of history, memory and archive, through taking a position of acting on it by the interviews about education and collaboration. She expresses that this process of archiving can help her to have a reflection on what is her role in the ongoing contemporary art and curatorial practice in Armenia.


Vue des collections permanentes - MAMAC, Nice.This post is composed of two parts:

The first one deals with the effects and influences of the image on the representation of ourselves. The theoretical part introduces Donald Woods Winicott, an English psychiatrist, who gives definitions about the construction and development of our “Self” (French translation is “notre Moi”). How can the online life modify our representation of ourselves?
I also introduce Sherry Turkle, an American psychologist and current director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self. This center of research and reflection evolves connections between people and artifacts which come out in her analysis of the “subjective side” of people’s relationships with technology, especially computers.
The second part is my interview with Marianna Hovhannisyan, a young curator, concerning her personal research on the process of archiving. Her enquiry towards this topic has so far produced two interviews that are online, part of a planned sequence presenting the archives in relation with practices in the field of art.


Battle of Orgreave - June 1984This second episode introduces a link between collective identity and its history connected to traumatic historical events.
Jeremy Deller, a British artist has proposed a work The Re-enactment which had a deep impact on the collective identity of social history in England.


I would like to focus my research on the relationships between art practice and collective identity. As the individual identity is structured by the different representations a subject has of themselves, I would like to open a discussion about the representations that are constructed for the collective identity. Art practice is a possibility of a collective experience through common identifications. I could as well question the notion of subjectivity through the collective experience.