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The Heretical Archive: Digital Memory at the End of Film (Hardback)
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The Heretical Archive: Digital Memory at the End of Film (Hardback)

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Hardback 160 Pages / Published: 26/02/2013
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The Heretical Archive examines the relationship between memory and creation in contemporary artworks that use digital technology while appropriating film materials. Domietta Torlasco argues that these digital films and multimedia installations radically transform our memory of cinema and our understanding of the archive. Indeed, such works define a notion of archiving not as the passive preservation of audiovisual signs but as an intervention and the creative rearticulation of cinema\u2019s perceptual and political textures. Connecting psychoanalysis, phenomenology, and feminist theory in innovative ways, Torlasco analyzes cutting-edge digital works that engage with the past of European cinema and visual culture, including video installations by Monica Bonvicini (Destroy She Said) and Pierre Huyghe (The Ellipsis), Agn\u00e8s Varda\u2019s film The Gleaners and I, Marco Poloni\u2019s multimedia installation The Desert Room, and Chris Marker\u2019s CD-ROM Immemory. Torlasco\u2019s central claim is that if the archives of psychoanalysis and cinema have long privileged the lineage that runs from Oedipus to Freud, the archives of the digital age-what she calls the \u201cheretical archive\u201d-can help us imagine an unruly, porous, multifaceted legacy, one in which marginal figures return to speak of lost life as much as of life that demands to be lived.

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 9780816681099
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 18 mm


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"Inspired by other scholars who have brought the phenomenological method to cinema, Domietta Torlasco writes beautifully of her own encounters with films and images, drawing the reader into her own vision as she elucidates its implication in a constellation of deep thought. The book's insights are as fresh and profound as its writing, in other words: at its best moments, it is a real tour de force that is an extended reflection rather than a series of discrete observations." --Amy Villarejo, author of "Film Studies: The Basics "

"Digital technology allows once quiescent cinemagoers to dismantle and refashion previously inviolable products of the film industry. Torlasco sees the potential for politically transformative thinking in such acts. She argues that our capacity to imagine alternative futures may depend on our ability to reconfigure the virtual archive of filmic memory. Part philosophical reflection, part manifesto, her book is essential reading for anyone concerned to steer a critical theory of audiovisual art between the Scylla and Charybdis of technophilia and artworldspeak." --Victor Burgin, author of "The Remembered Film"

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