9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN03 Biographical Perspectives on European Societies

2009-09-03 13:30:00 2009-09-03 15:00:00 Thursday, 3 September 13:30 - 15:00 European Biographies, Art, Performance and Methodology Building II, C2.02

The Here and There of Things. S(h)ifting Fragments of a Narrative Identity

The Here and There of Things. S(h)ifting Fragments of a Narrative Identity.
? I have such admiration for people who can recount their lives in autobiography, because the connections are so complicated. I would never be able to straighten it out.?
John Cassavetes.

This presentation will explore the fragmented and performative qualities of memory and identity. Adopting a semi auto/biographical perspective and using multi media materials the presentation will invite the viewer to sift through and ?create ? their own interpretation of these autobiographical fragments
By creating a series of discrete but related ?thumbnails? each with its own storied ?hinterland the presentation attempts to draw the viewer into a series of speculations about the relationship of these narrative fragments to the various lives that left these traces.
Based on a series of family photographs together with audio and video recordings the material is digitally manipulated and interpreted through the use of poetry together with musical elements derived from voice and speech fragments.

John Given March 2009