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Gavin Edmonds

Published date
27 Jun 2018

Listening For Echoes: 'Afterwardsness' as a model for artistic practice

College: Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon
Supervisors: Professor Malcolm Quinn, Tania Koyats,  Dr Sharon Kiyland


My research proposes a means for understanding the temporal connections and psychic causality at play, in the encounter with art. Nachträglichkeit or 'Afterwardsness', is a Freudian term that describes the psychical mechanism of deferred action: how past events, experiences or memory traces gain significance as a result of a re- experiencing of them, at a later time.

I will use the concept of Nachträglichkeit:

  • (a) proposing it as an analogical model for art practice
  • (b) to generate four case studies, to be employed as a creative model for theoretical and practical engagement with works of art.