Removing the Glitch: Finding the Hidden Meaning Behind Trauma

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2017-05

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This dissertation explores the hidden meanings behind a traumatic memory and how these memories are coded and decoded. Because of the similarities between the concepts of noise in communication and the experience of a memory block in trauma survivors, the idea of glitch is appropriated to explain that the loss of memory is a glitch. I use this concept and apply it to the creation of my glitch art; these pieces represent both the glitch (coding of trauma) and the healing digital paintings depict the decoding of the glitch/traumatic narrative.

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Psychological abuse victims, Art—Psychology, Repression (Psychology), Recovered memory, Communication, Language and emotions, Sexual abuse victims, Glitch art, Lacan, Jacques, 1901-1981, Freud, Sigmund, 1856-1939

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Copyright ©2017 is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the Eugene McDermott Library. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.

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