Conference: Je suis le reve/I am the dream

Conference: Je suis le reve/I am the dream

2016-01-15 Recent

Je suis le reve/I am the dream

Dreams and Creativity: Psychoanalytic Perspectives

What is the place of the image in contemporary creative work ? How do artists make use of the images that arise in their dreams, daydreams and fantasies? We wish to propose and discuss the ways in which the creation of ‘original’ images is a matter of the encounter between the present and the past, an encounter between the images that present themselves in the daily life of the artist at work and the dream imagery of the unconscious. According to Walter Benjamin’s formula, pre-figured in Freud’s ‘Creative writers and daydreaming’, the artist is the one who acts on the images of his or her thoughts, that is to say that the artist finds the way towards a psychic and material remodelling by turning dream or fantasy images into images that are presentable and shareable.

We will also be interrogating what we call Excited Images (Images excitées) in contemporary society, images that seize us because they carry a measure of excess, which at times prevents the unfolding of dreams and fantasies. Their very overexposure and banalisation hides a meaning which may have become taboo and unthinkable.


Friday evening (Freud Museum):


Welcome and Introduction to the Conference

I am the dream: from the video images of Bill Viola 

Silvia Lippi, Simone Korff Sausse, Celine Masson and Silke Schauder

Du Monde/Of the World

Sharon Kivland


Wine Reception 


Saturday (Anna Freud Centre)


Session 1 

Exploring the space of the dream through the work of David Altmejd 

Suzanne Ferrieres Pestureau, Yulia Popova and Angelique Gozlan)

We Dream: Creativity and the Collective

Julia Borossa and Caroline Rooney)

The Sound Image in Dreams

Fabienne Ankaoua and Laetitia Petit


Session 2

To Dream Hallucinations : Hallucination as the letter in the body of the text 

Anouck Cape, Angélique Christaki and Monique Zerbib

Delusion and Dreams in Georgios Vizneyos’ 'The Only Journey of His Life’

Yannis Grammatopoulous


Session 3

Dream, Myth and Erotic Imagery: the desire of the Octopus

Catherine Desprats Pequignot and Xavier Gassmann

Nkisi Nkondi: an image of transference and projective identification in the analytic process

David Henderson


Session 4

Perversions of the Dream: Excited, Exciting and Captivating Images 

Vincent Estellon and Dimitri Weyl

Dreaming Time

Jivan Astfalck


Closing Remarks and Discussion 






Fabienne Ankaoua, Psychoanalyst, film director, Paris

Anouck Cape, Phd in literature, lecturer at IED University Paris 8.

Angélique Christaki, Psychoanalyst, associate member of CRPMS, Paris

Catherine Desprats Pequignot, Psychoanalyst, Lecturer, University Paris 7, co-director of the Pandora research group.

Vincent Estellon, Psychoanalyst, Professor at the University of Montpellier.

Xavier Gassmann, Psychoanalyst, lecturer at University Paris Diderot and University of Picardie Jules Verne

Angélique Gozlan, Psychologist, researcher at University Lyon 2

Gisèle Harrus, Psychoanalyst, Paris

Simone Korff Sausse, Psychoanalyst, Lecturer University Paris 7

Silvia Lippi, Psychoanalyst, lecturer University Picardie Jules Verne

Céline Masson, Psychoanalyst, Professor University Picardie Jules Verne, co-director of the Pandora research group.

Laetitia Petit, Psychoanalyst, Lecturer University Aix Marseille.

Suzanne Ferrières Pestureau, Psychoanalyst, Paris

Yulia Popova, Psychologist, lecturer University Picardie Jules Verne, associate member CRPMS.

Silke Schauder, Psychologist, Professor University Picardie Jules Verne.

Dimitri Weyl, Psychoanalyst, Lecturer University Paris Diderot.

Monique Zerbib, Psychoanalyst and Clinical psychologist attached to the Psychiatric Hospital White House, Paris 



Jivan Astfack, Artist, Professor, Birmingham City University

Julia Borossa, Associate Professor, Director Centre for Psychoanalysis, Middlesex University

Yannis Grammatopoulous, Psychoanalyst, Doctoral candidate, Middlesex University

David Henderson, Psychotherapist, Senior Lecturer, Middlesex University, Convener of the Apophatic Discourse Research Network.

Sharon Kivland, Artist, Reader in Fine Art, Sheffield Hallam University.

Caroline Rooney, Professor of African and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Kent 

Organised by: The Pandora Research Group, Middlesex University (Centre for Psychoanalysis), l’Université Picardie Jules Verne (CRP-CPO EA 7273, Departement of psychology), l’Université Paris Diderot (CRPMS EA 3522, UFR Etudes Psychanalytiques) and the Freud Museum London.

With the support of: The French Institute, London and In Press publishers




Friday evening only: £15 / £10 concessions (includes reception)

Saturday only: £60 /  £45 concessions (includes reception)

Friday evening and Saturday: £70 / £50 (includes reception)

(£5 discount for Members of the Freud Museum and Middlesex University) 


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Image: Peter Blake, Untitled (detail)

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