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Roz Mortimer: ‘Traumatic histories and phenomenology as method’

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Ecstatic Truth: Defining the essence of an animated documentary. Symposium at the Royal College of Art. Date: Saturday 14th May, 2016 Roz Mortimer, PhD candidate, University of Westminster, UK ‘Traumatic histories and phenomenology as method’ My research is centred on a phenomenology of the invisible, by which I mean ghosts, atmospheres and emotions. In this talk I will use my recent film This is History (after all) to explore the challenges of making visible the invisible. In this film the image is digitally manipulated to visualise affect related to traumatic memory. The question is how can phenomenology reframe our relationship to traumatic histories? Roz Mortimer is an artist-filmmaker and doctoral researcher at University of Westminster. Her experimental films cross the genres of documentary, fiction and animation and have been shown widely around the world since 1995. Taking documentary methods as a starting point, she incorporates fantasy into her work to create socially engaged films that question ideas around truth. Roz has an MA in Visual Sociology from Goldsmiths, and teaches at universities in the UK and USA. www.wonder-dog.co.uk This event is supported by RCA to launch the new MA Animation: Documentary Animation pathway starting in September 2016. More information:  http://www.rca.ac.uk/schools/school-of-communication/animation/documentary-animation-pathway.