Mirrors, Mirrors in the Mind

Published April 23, 2010 by Graham


“A Psychoanalytic Symposium on Comedy, Loss, Attachment & Projection” is the catchy tagline for a conference about the work of Charlie Kaufman going down tomorrow at UCLA. It’s called Mirrors, Mirrors in the Mind: Reflections on the Films of Charlie Kaufman and it features a veritable fleet of MDs and PHDs discussing Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Synecdoche, New York from 9:00am to 4:30pm.

As entertainment that satisfies both academic and psychoanalytic exploration, Kaufman’s films offer complex insight into the pain and projection that exists between people by exploring themes of consciousness, integrity, loss, memory, trauma and finitude.

Though stylistically different, his films raise questions about the creative process as defensive vs. growth-promoting mental activity and illustrate how we live with internal primitive mental states in a nuanced world of human relatedness.

There are still a few seats left, so if you’ve ever had your mind blown by a Charlie Kaufman movie, you’d be foolish not to check out this one of a kind discussion!

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3 comments so far

  1. GARCIA says:

    It’s interesting that the demographic of the audience was about 70% 50yrold+ psycho analyst MD’s that look they came from Lacuna Inc. One guy was really insistent about the tunnel to Malkovich’s head being a rectum metaphor, while a young girl pointed out she felt it was more vaginal, citing the “birth” at the end into JM’s head.
    I also like how when some dude from Variety asked some question he summarized as “what’s wrong with charlie Kaufman” and they refused to comment about him as a person since they don’t know him and said they were only there to discuss neuroscience. he was bummed and confused in the funniest way.

  2. GARCIA says:

    Oh and they had an interruption where they distributed a (fake) cease and desist letter from Kauf’s representative, Olive Cotard. It created a genuine concern, also very funny.

  3. Simone says:

    I wish I could go! It sounds great.