Sigmund Freud Museum
The “archaeological metaphor” as it came to be used in Freud’s theories on cultural science and psychoanalysis takes shape in the work of the New York artist Brandt Junceau. The artist has conceived an intervention in the house on Berggase 19 in Vienna, the historic rooms where the “inventor” of psychoanalysis worked and lived. Using figurative and also abstract signs, which shift the archaeological artefact into the center of attention, Junceau’s massive intervention transforms the existing structure of the Sigmund Freud Museum.
The relationship of past and present which the “artist as history researcher” investigates and represents in his works shows strong concordance with the practice of psychoanalysis and its intentions: both artist and psychoanalyst implement – and often necessarily invade – the ideas, visions and dreams of others, in the endeavor to expose what is past and buried and thus gain knowledge about the present state of being; they can then also incorporate this “material” into their own ideas and actions, and so disrupt and counteract traditional mindsets.