When the present comes to get you

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Goodall, Jane. 2010. "When the present comes to get you." Merewether, Charles and Potts, John (ed.) After the event: new perspectives on art history. Manchester. Manchester University Press. pp. 227-239
Chapter Title

When the present comes to get you

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID2570
Book TitleAfter the event: new perspectives on art history
AuthorGoodall, Jane
EditorsMerewether, Charles and Potts, John
Page Range227-239
SeriesRethinking Art's Histories
Number of Pages13
PublisherManchester University Press
Place of PublicationManchester

Jane Goodall, in 'When the present comes to get you: proposes that our conception of memories as belonging to the past may be a category mistake, since we are never so present as at those times when a memory is seeded or when it re-emerges. The most potent memories stop time, forcing past events back into the present as experience that refuses to stop happening; this is especially the case with memories of violence. Violence, Goodall suggests, is 'when the present comes to get you: This, rather than the treatment of violence as image and spectacle, is a feature of much recent art, revealing a new cultural maturity in the way artists portray the experience of violent events.

Keywordsart; trauma; memory; art history
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520406. Sensory processes, perception and performance
360101. Art criticism
500299. History and philosophy of specific fields not elsewhere classified
Public Notes

Chapter 18.

These essays are developed from papers initially presented at the Biennale of Sydney 2006 symposia.

Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Western Sydney
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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