For Want of Ambiguity

Order and Chaos in Art, Psychoanalysis, and Neuroscience

; Dr. Lois Oppenheim, PhD

For Want of Ambiguity

Nominated for the 2019 Gradiva (R) Award for Best Book by the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP)

For Want of Ambiguity investigates how the dialogue between psychoanalysis and neuroscience can shed light on the transformational capacity of contemporary art. Les mer
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For Want of Ambiguity

Nominated for the 2019 Gradiva (R) Award for Best Book by the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP)

For Want of Ambiguity investigates how the dialogue between psychoanalysis and neuroscience can shed light on the transformational capacity of contemporary art.

Through neuroscienfitic and psychoanalytic exploration of the work of Diamante Faraldo, Ai Weiwei, Ida Barbarigo, Xavier Le Roy, Bill T. Jones, Cindy Sherman, Francis Bacon, Agnes Martin, and others, For Want of Ambiguity offers a new perspective on how insight is achieved and on how art opens us up to new ways of being.

List of Figures
Foreword by Semir Zeki
Acknowledgments
Introduction: (Re) Making Meaning
Chapter 1 Shaping Private Demons
Chapter 2 A Play of Selves: Art as Play
Chapter 3 Narrating the Self
Chapter 4 Mapping: The Need for Borders
Chapter 5 The Fluidity of Time and Space in Art, Psychoanalysis, and Neuroscience
Chapter 6 Resisting Representation
Conclusion: Order and Chaos or Framing Ambiguity
Bibliography
Index
About the Authors

By utilizing contemporary art to explore key relationships between analysis and neuroscience, this book sheds new light on how metaphor and symbol shape our perceptions and, ultimately, our lives.

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