The “Art and Psyche” Conference (University of California Santa Barbara & Pacifica Graduate Institute, April 4-7, 2019) 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, performances, 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.
IPAP Faculty Member Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D., and Riccardo Bernardini, Ph.D., will lecture on “The Quest for One’s Own Red Book in the Digital Age” and “Olga Froebe-Kapteyn (1881-1962): A Woman’s Individuation Process at the Origins of the Eranos Conferences” respectively.