intervalla: volume 2, 2014-2015

Trauma, Abstraction, and Creativity

Editors Johanna Fassl and Caroline Wiedmer

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The second volume of intervalla takes a crossdisciplinary approach to the topic of “Trauma, Abstraction, and Creativity.” It traces the way in which the language of trauma manifests itself in individual cases of cultural production. It specifically focuses on the role of abstraction in the context of creative processes informed by trauma. How is trauma uncovered in the human mind and body during the creation of a work? What forms does it take? What defines the relationship between traumatized artists and their audiences? How is the essential conceptualization of a traumatized psyche linked to the historical context and specific site of trauma? What are the various (and curious) forms of transmittability of trauma? The authors of the eleven contributions that make up the volume shed light on these questions from the points of view of trauma psychology and cognitive-behavioral therapy, literary criticism, cultural studies, theater, art history and visual culture, documentary film, and popular culture in television. They discuss works created in response to the wars and national conflicts in Germany, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Venezuela, Iraq, and Syria.

Table of Contents

Rogue Memories: Reflections on Trauma, Art, and Technology
Johanna Fassl and Caroline Wiedmer
Thoughts and Trauma – Theory and Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder from a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Perspective
Julia König
Parting Words: Trauma, Silence, and Survival
Cathy Caruth
"Writing Trauma:" Giving Voice to a Wound that Seems to Defy Representation in Contemporary Greek Cypriot Art
Klitsa Antoniou and Antonis Danos
Dots and Dashes, Crumbs and Ashes: Traces of Trauma’s Abstractions
Kathleen MacQueen and Liz Park
Sexualized Suffering: On Some Lithographs by Richard Grune
Thomas Röske
Conor McFeely: Partial Objects: A Conversation Between Artist Conor McFeely and Art Historian Gabriel Gee
Gabriel Gee
Temporalities of Trauma in Hatufim and Homeland
Michaela Wünsch
Serious Games
Harun Farocki
’We Photograph Things To Drive Them Out of Our Minds’: War, Vision, and the Decoding of Memory in the Photography of Iraq Veteran Russell Chapman
Johanna Fassl
The Sign
Atyaf Rasheed