Caterina Vezzoli and Cheryle Van Scoy are members of the Working Group planning the 4th International Art and Psyche Conference, “Illuminated Imagination” to be held in Santa Barbara, CA from April 4-7, 2019.
Carl Jung’s paintings, included in a new publication, will be exhibited in the University of California at Santa Barbara’s art museum and the book will be launched at this conference. Additionally, Andreas Jung’s photographs of Carl and Emma’s home will be concurrently exhibited at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and Andreas will present on this material in a pre-conference event.
The Art and Psyche Conference is designed to engage the imaginative processes of psychotherapists of all kinds alongside members of the art community in order to creatively expand one’s understanding of depth psychology. Bringing together professionals from various fields creates an environment of cross-fertilization and the opportunity to experience psychology through painting, music, poetry, and literature as well as through psychological theories and clinical practices. The work of C. G. Jung, particularly through his vividly illustrated The Red Book, will offer a historical backdrop that continues to inspire artists and psychotherapists individually and collectively.
Conference presentations revolve around the theme of “The Illuminated Imagination” which refers to The Red Book that many liken to a medieval manuscript. Through The Red Book, it is possible to see the unfolding of one person’s psychological journey with relevance for the process of individuation today and into our shared future. In The Red Book artists have discovered inspiration in developing creative productions and psychotherapists have found a depth of meaning and guidance in the day-to-day practice of clinical work. The conference itself will function as an emergent community through the interaction of the participants in large group plenaries and small group break-outs and workshops. It is our experience from three previous conferences that such interactions have a synergistic and enlivening effect on all who attend.
Keynote Presentation by Red Book editor, professor, scholar and historian of psychology Sonu Shamdasani
Panel Discussion and Book Launch: The Art of C.G. Jung (Norton, 2018), with author presentations and audience Q&A.
Book launch, author ‘meet and greet,’ and book signing, will immediately follow on the outdoor patio of the University Center overlooking the UCSB estuary.
Panel Discussion: Jung, the Illuminated Imagination, and Visionary Experience, featuring noted scholars and analyst in dialogue with audience Q&A: Elliot Wolfson, Ann Taves, and Craig Stephenson.
Further information available at https://retreat.pacifica.edu/the-illuminated-imagination