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Unlike previous generations, members of GenX across all races and classes are trying to look at their pasts consciously to avoid revisiting those traumas on future generations.
In my interviews with scientists, I learned that memory is the tool and the roadmap for this process. Memory Reconsolidation shows us that each time we recall a memory it is malleable: After it is recalled it has to be re-stored back into long term memory AS A NEW MEMORY.
For people who struggle with trauma, the past is continually interrupting their present, making it difficult to live their lives and build relationships. Science tells us that we can alter the grip of painful memories by creating new associations to replace the old ones. While we will not all experience PTSD, all of us have known what it is to have a past experience dictate our present.
The frontier of healing will be through the reconceptualizing of the act of remembering, an experience that we hold as deeply private and individual. Feel Memory breaks us out of our isolated experiences.
The stories begin with the premise that memory is the building block of identity. We create the story of who we are through a merging of our experiences, our imaginations and the absorption of other people's stories and, in fact, there is no way, neurologically, to decipher between imagined memory and experienced memory.
Through storytelling and a distinctive painterly cinematic language, Feel Memory proposes that we can choose how we use our memories and what meaning we give to them, rather than simply reacting to them or feeling a victim of them.
What we remember and how we remember determines our ability to dream up our futures. This new perspective on memory is life-altering.
What is cross generational PTSD?
It is the epigenetic enheritance of trauma from parent to child
What is memory reconsolidation?
It is how we initially process and stabilize our memories.
What is Viviane’s process in the hand-made paintings?
She creates the paintings and captures each moment as they evolve
What did legendary neuropsychologist Brenda Milner discover about memory from patient “HM?”
Milner found that there were two systems of memory, episodic and procedural memory
Where did Viviane film her interview with Brenda Milner?
The Montreal Neurological Institute
What is the Moth Story? How can I listen to Karen’s story on the Moth Storytelling Radio Show?
Moth stories are true stories as remembered by the speaker and always told live. You can listen here.
How many painting stills are being created by Viviane for the Feel Memory Animation?
How many stills did Viviane create for her short film See Memory?
What film used neuroscientist Joseph Ledoux and Karim Nader’s discoveries about memory reconsolidation as the basis for its premise?
The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind