Memory theatre. Notes on remembrance and oblivion. From chaos through abstraction towards nothingness

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dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor.advisor Pfisztner, Gábor
dc.contributor.author Schuller, Judit
dc.date.accessioned 2018-05-31T09:13:16Z
dc.date.available 2018-05-31T09:13:16Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/31354
dc.description.abstract The paper Memory Theatre. Notes on Remembrance and Oblivion. From Chaos through Abstraction towards Nothingness examines the situation of projected traumatic memory through the microhistory of a family heritage, the author’s own family archive. The work is an artistic research and has two main pillars: a theoretical research which is presented in the form of this thesis, and the collection of artworks. Memory Theatre outlines the process of remembering and forgetting while it delineates the transformation of the family heritage. This research consists of three parts: Chaos, Abstraction and Nothingness. The first chapter, Chaos discusses the initial state of burdensome remembrance and how it is mediated in the form of the physical archive. The key theoretical concept of the first chapter is postmemory - a term created by Marianne Hirsch -, that refers to inherited remembrance which is passed on through projection from the first generation of survivors of a cultural trauma. Based on the concept of postmemory and on her own interpretation of inherited remembrance and mourning, the author formulates her own term, postfamily. The second part of the thesis reflects on the abstraction of the family archive and on the transformation of certain memorial entities, objects and spaces. It aims to show how the initial state of obsessive remembering turns into a liberating oblivion. As the archival heritage itself becomes more abstract, the burdensome memory gradually dissolves. The process of bereavement and forgetting leads us towards the closing part of this paper, nothingness, which refers to an active, contemplating state. Similarly to the act of remembering and forgetting, Memory Theatre is fragmented and it is always in transition; an open conversation between time parallels, layers of history and generations. en
dc.format.extent 48+16
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Memory theatre. Notes on remembrance and oblivion. From chaos through abstraction towards nothingness en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi
dc.contributor.school Taiteiden ja suunnittelun korkeakoulu fi
dc.contributor.school School of Arts, Design and Architecture en
dc.contributor.department Department of Media en
dc.contributor.department Median laitos fi
dc.subject.keyword remembrance en
dc.subject.keyword oblivion en
dc.subject.keyword family heritage en
dc.subject.keyword archival systems en
dc.subject.keyword postmemory en
dc.subject.keyword trauma en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201805312784
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Maisterin opinnäyte fi
dc.contributor.supervisor Weselius, Hanna
dc.programme Photography en
dc.programme Valokuvataide fi


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