Memory Space: On Inherited Trauma & the Failure of Language

More info at Corporeal Writing website

Workshop Leader: Janice Lee


4/13/19 1:00 – 4:00PM

4/14/19 1:00 – 4:00PM

Where: The Corporeal Center; 510 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210

Cost: $225

“What really exists is not things made but things in the making.” – William James

How are the frames of reference and relationships between and of living beings activated? That is, how do different bodies and worlds articulate each other, or, how do we learn to be affected?

How do we reconcile personal experience with historical fact? How do we reconcile history with memory? How do we reconcile truths with other truths? How does writing open up space while processing trauma or grief?

We will explore the articulation of personal experience, identity, and trauma (both lived & inherited) and look at the relationship of personal history & identity with aesthetics & narrative. We will explore how the presence of unresolved corporeal history and the impossibility of articulation or expression leads to new encounters in language and narrative via various aesthetic writing practices. We will also explore notions of personhood and interspecies communication through exercises in seeing, writing, breathing, and sensing.

Questions will include how history and accuracy intersect in individual creative work, how emotional and real violence intersect with aesthetic contradiction, how the limits and failures of language allow for reaching beyond traditional narrative structures, how lived experience intersects with individual identity, how memories of trauma are constructed and reconstructed, how trauma and memory might be disruptive to identity and narrative, and aesthetic relationships and ethical questions related to writing trauma and personal experience.