“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!