THE DALI EXPERIENCE

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PART ONE / Dali & Freud

Dali was the first visual artist of his era to seriously question, interpret and pictorially demonstrate the revolutionary Freud's theories of the psychodynamic approach to psychology, which looks to unconscious drives to explain human behavior.

In this class we explore Sigmund Freud’s influences on Dali’s visual mind, visions, social interactions, personal relationships and of course his artworks, which aim to interpret the concepts of: Free Association, Dreams, Hallucinations, Paranoia, Psychoanalysis, The unconscious, Psychosexual stages, Anxiety and defense mechanisms, Oedipus complex and Psychopathology

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PART TWO / Dali & Science 

Even though Salvador Dalí's relationship with science began during his adolescence, it really hit a nerve after August 6th, 1945: the first atomic bomb, Little Boy, was dropped on Japan. As he grew older, he also tried to interpret Science's interrelationship with Religion, especially his Spanish Roman Catholicism.

In this class we explore how this event opened up a dynamic channel of creative inspiration for Dali and his artworks which now mix and combine various scientific aspects: atomic energy, physics, quantum mechanics, the origins of life, evolution, natural law,  hermeticism, monasticism, geometry, time travel, catastrophe theory, advanced mathematics and optics.

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Instructor: Fine Arts Historian, Sr. Karla Darocas, Hons. B.A. 


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