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

EJ Barrett

NewMats 2015 : Transversal Practices: Matter, Ecology and Relationality : Proceedings of the New Materialisms 2015 International Conference | [The Conference] | Published : 2015

Abstract

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 "unforgetti..

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