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Bad Representation: Perversity and Perversion in Revisiting The Traumatic Past

Thu, Jun 9, 2016, 2:00 pm
Communications 139

Join us for this colloquium FDM PhD student Rebecca Ora.  Open to all faculty and graduate students.  

This theory-praxis dissertation will focus on representations of traumatic history that takes a stance against dominant and acceptable representations in the effort to tease out what these representations in cinema and fine arts perform and allow. It will attempt to investigate the distance between “never forgetting” and the reinscription of trauma, as well as the paradox of “never forgetting” and “never again” within a postmodern milieu of repetition. Obsession with the shameful, the impulse to present, represent and re-represent that which might normally be safely put away is, perhaps, remembering and repeating, but it is certainly not working through. The objects in focus, as well as the practical video and installation work produced, will be transgressive, metadiscursive, comedic, perverse and inappropriate.

Keywords: performance studies, Freud, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Benjamin, historiography, memory, social practice, aura, badness, The Holocaust.

Photo credit: Max, Alternative Wedding Invitation/Still, "I Run Jerusalem"