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Memory, image, matter: Trauma and acts of un-forgetting

Barrett, Estelle J. 2015, Memory, image, matter: Trauma and acts of un-forgetting, in NewMats 2015 : Transversal Practices: Matter, Ecology and Relationality : Proceedings of the New Materialisms 2015 International Conference, [The Conference], [Melbourne, Vic.], pp. 1-1.

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Title Memory, image, matter: Trauma and acts of un-forgetting
Author(s) Barrett, Estelle J.
Conference name New Materialisms. International Conference (6th : 2015 : Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location Melbourne, Vic.
Conference dates 27-29 Sep. 2015
Title of proceedings NewMats 2015 : Transversal Practices: Matter, Ecology and Relationality : Proceedings of the New Materialisms 2015 International Conference
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2015
Conference series New Materialisms International Conference
Start page 1
End page 1
Total pages 1
Publisher [The Conference]
Place of publication [Melbourne, Vic.]
Keyword(s) Memory
Trans-generational trauma
Matter
Time
Space
Place image art-making
Forgetting
Unforgetting
Summary How might we conceive of the role of memory as a non-representational mode of commemoration that reconstitutes and transforms lived experience? In this paper I will draw on aspects on Indigenous epistemology and apply conceptions of memory outlines in works of Edward Casey, Henri Bergson and others to consider how social and psychological effects of trauma are manifested through generations. An understanding of the relationship between images, memory and matter and of memory as a primarily eidetic and material process may also help to suggest how some people may be able to avoid or overcome trauma. As image production, art-making generates images that like memory, perform acts of "unforgetting" through which the past is returned as a presence that is materially apprehended. This process can both sustain and transform individual and collective histories. Central to this idea is the notion that, the structure of mind and of memory are co-extensive with the external world an that the articulation of consciousness is crucially dependent on space and place.
Language eng
Field of Research 220301 Aesthetics
Socio Economic Objective 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Copyright notice ©2015, [The Conference]
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30084287

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