“Refusal of Personality”: Brigid Doherty on Rosemarie Trockel and ROrschach
“The notion of ‘the minor’ is useful in terms of how to conceptualize the experimental dimension of her practices, and of what’s at stake in . . . staging a return to the conditions of the original Rorschach experiment, not as a way of redeeming it. . . . not at all that, but imagining . . . a kind of displacement or refusal of ‘personality.’”
In this episode
Caro Fowler speaks with Brigid Doherty, associate professor in the departments of Art and Archaeology and German at Princeton University. Brigid’s research focuses on the interdisciplinary study of twentieth-century art and literature, especially relationships among artistic practices and aesthetic and psychoanalytic theories. In this conversation, she describes her intellectual path towards modernism and delves into the project she worked on as a fellow at the Clark in spring 2020, a book on the “Rorschach Pictures” of the German artist Rosemarie Trockel.
Brigid Doherty holds a joint appointment in the departments of Art and Archaeology and German at Princeton University and is an associated faculty member in the School of Architecture. She directs the Program in European Cultural Studies and is a member of the executive committees of the Program in Media + Modernity and the Council on International Teaching and Research. She has held fellowships at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University and Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung in Berlin, among others, and is an affiliate scholar at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.
This conversation was recorded over two sessions on June 2, 2020, and September 25, 2020.