Index of Titles Filed Under 'Memory'

PublisherThe Funambulist2015
This discussion with local architect Miloš Kosec about three (hi)stories of ruins in WWII Slovenia uses the structure of his Master thesis research about this topic. After an introduction about the sometimes problematic fascination one might develop for ruins, we begin our specific conversation with the example of the ruins of entire ethnic German areas in southern Slovenia emptied of their inhabitants after they were encouraged to move back to Germany by the Reich administration. The second example is found in the numerous medieval castles burnt by the partisans in their fight against the Axis in what appear to Miloš as a more ideological ...

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New technological media such as film, photography and computers have altered the way we perceive possible relations between stillness and motion in the visual arts. Traditionally, cinema theory saw cinema and especially the ‘illusion of motion’ as part of the ideological swindle of the basic cinematic apparatus. This collection of essays by acclaimed international scholars including Tom Gunning, Thomas Elsaesser, Mark B.N. Hansen, George Baker, Ina Blom and Christa Blümlinger, starts out from a different premise to analyse stillness and motion as part of a larger ecology of images and media. They argue that the strategic uses of stillness and ...

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PublisherThe Funambulist2015
This conversation with Hana Sleiman begins a series of several around the Palestinian question(s). After evoking her archiving work of historical Arabic comic books and their construction of a political imaginary, Hana and I talk about this important construction of a Palestinian Oral History Archive at the American University of Beirut. This archive comprises about a thousand hours of interview with Palestinian having experienced the 1948 Nakba and its evictive violence. We particularly insist on the embraced subjectivities of such narratives, stressing that what is remembered and how it is remembered is more important than the illusory ambition of an ...

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PublisherMACBA2018
A pioneer of installation art, Francesc Torres (Barcelona, 1948) puts forward a critical reflection on the different manifestations of culture, politics, memory and power. He also sets out an explicit statement about the position of the artist in society: the relationship between the individual and the community, the role of political discourse in relation to social action and the set of received beliefs. Memory as a territory of political construction is a consistent theme in his work. This publication presents a series of vital, iconographic and objectual referents that allow us to delve into the essential and critical universe of the ...

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PublisherThe Funambulist2015
This conversation with Lyne Jabri introduces two examples of architectural activist work she has been participating/conducting. The first one consisted in the reconstruction of the Nahr el Bared Palestinian refugee camp in Northern Lebanon after it had been destroyed by the Lebanese army in 2007. The difficulties of such a project were multiple but we particularly converse around the exercise of retrospective mapping of the old camp to inform a more fair reconstruction. The second example is the work currently accomplished by Lyne and her colleagues of LilMadina Initiative in the Southern Lebanon city of Saida. As the city was under ...

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We cannot meaningfully criticize the destruction of cultural heritage in the Middle East if we do not question the apparatuses, institutions, and mindsets that lead to terror and destruction in the first place. Just as state apparatuses can make the deaths of enemies ungrievable, cultural and educational institutions can make demolished buildings into something un-memorable.

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PublisherThe Funambulist2015
This conversation is a walk with Mensur Demir in Sarajevo. By joining four buildings designed by Ivan Straus (Electrical Management Building, Holiday Inn, and the “Twin Towers”) that have all witnessed the end of Yugoslavia, the three-year long siege on the city, and its reconstruction. Along the path, Mensur gives us an architectural account of how the war shaped the city, and the city that shaped the war between 1992 and 1996. We however remain careful not to attribute the identity of the city solely on these traumatic years, during which the three main Bosnian ethnic communities (Muslim Bosniaks, Orthodox Serbs, and Catholic ...

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PublisherRhizome2017
The latest Download commission, by Sheida Soleimani, laments the death of Reyhaneh Jabbari, who was convicted and hanged in Iran on October 25, 2014 for the alleged murder of her rapist. to oblivion.zip, a dirge-like work that eulogizes Jabbari’s untimely death, consists almost entirely of Jabbari’s own written and spoken words. Once expanded, the ZIP file presents a multi-layered work of nested folders that contain execution records, letters, photographs, and voice recordings. Soleimani has been creating photographic and sculptural works focused on human rights violations in Iran since 2015. This is the first time that she has used a digital ...

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PublisherRadio Web Macba2011
In “The road to plunderphonia” Chris Cutler looks at the critical role of memory – on which both the origination and reproduction of music turns – and attempts to unpick to what extent the specific nature of a memory system shapes the music that it mediates, with reference, especially, to the third and newest of these systems: sound recording. Chris investigates how the fact and the practice of sound recording have transformed every aspect of production and reception in the field of organised sound, creating wholly new genres and understandings. If the medium is the message, this essay is an ...

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PublisherForthcoming Books2007
Against the prevalent post-traumatic amnesia encountered in post-war Lebanon, and which is exempli ed by the unjust and scandalous general amnesty law that was passed by parliament on 28 March 1991 (Law No. 84/91) and that pardoned all political crimes prior to its enactment with the exclusion of “crimes of assassination or attempted assassination of religious gures, political leaders, and foreign or Arab diplomats,” writers and lmmakers should have devised af rmative scenarios and strategies either to remember or not to remember: — Not to remember—without forgetting. He could no longer stand their post-traumatic amnesia and so he volunteered for one ...

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PublisherThe Volume Project2017
Sara Giannini Dear Alessandro, thanks so much for your participation to Unfold as our 4th guest curator. Your Unfold#4: daily_unfold(ing) seems to show a structuralist approach to the digital folder, constituting the most meta Unfold issue so far! I am referring to the fact that the folders are rarely only containers but rather enunciation and narrative devices. Where did this exploration of the folder structure lead you? Alessandro Ludovico The folder has been used for its symbolic qualities by net artists and software artists since the ‘90s. These qualities include being a container which has a universal icon, but whose content is only limited by the OS structure or the ...

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Posthumous Introduction to the First Edition: Writing the introduction after finishing the rest of the book, my memory is coming back to me, and so at present I can give some indication in what context to place it. Why write on vampires in 1992? It is precisely because vampire films and novels are back in fashion (Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula …) that one should ask: why on vampires now, by what coincidence? How come what functions in the too-late and too-early mode is being written about now, when it has become fashionable? But isn’t it characteristic of telepathy that it reaches ...

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What does it mean to personalize method? This essay by Endre Dányi is both a sociologist’s historical study of the Hungarian Parliament building in the context of European democracy in crisis, and a means of activating the author’s own subjectivity. By walking us to archives, through memories, and inside buildings, Dányi’s mobile narratives help us cast history anew.

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