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Playing with the city of Rome

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Abstract:

This article discusses the continuing fascination with Rome as evinced by the Roman writer Marco Lodoli, Isole: guida vagabonda di Roma (2005) [Islands: A Vagabond Guide to Rome], and the contemporary British artists represented in the exhibition Responding to Rome (British School at Rome 2005). It suggests that continuing artistic and cultural interest in Rome may relate not only to Rome's historic association with the Western imaginary, and the aspect described so powerfully by Freud – the literal existence of the past, as inscribed in the spatial organization of its physical and built environment – but with the unconscious links between these dimensions and the mental space elaborated in the emergence of the earliest sense of self, through separation and differentiation from the child's earliest environment, the mother. The encounters of Roman writer and British artists with place are discussed with reference to the work of the English psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, who proposes that the sources of imaginative production involve the mind's ongoing encounters with others, real and imaginary, and their evocation of early emotional life.

Keywords: ART; DONALD WINNICOTT; MEMORY; PSYCHOANALYSIS; ROME; TRADITION

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3167/jrs.2010.100304

Publication date: December 1, 2010

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