By Astrid Erll, Ann Rigney, Laura Basu, Paulus Bijl
The explicit situation of this assortment is linking using media to the bigger socio-cultural strategies taken with collective memory-making. the point of interest rests specifically on facets of media use: the fundamental dynamics of ""mediation"" and ""remediation"". the main questions are: What function do media play within the construction and stream of cultural thoughts? How do mediation, remediation and intermediality form gadgets and acts of cultural remembrance? How can new, emergent media redefine or rework what's jointly remembered?
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Sebald can be said to shift the emphasis of Proust’s involuntary memory into the domain of cultural memory: not the intensely personal memory of summer walks, or of our grandmother’s love, but (just as emphatically) of a past that precedes our direct experience. Though our readings of either writer would be impoverished by a too clear-cut division in these terms, we can usefully observe that Sebald’s memorial practices and forms represent a shift in emphasis towards vicarious memory, and an attendant stress on the role of re-mediation (in various and interacting medial forms).
But as soon as the futuristic operation at the institute with the telling name Lacuna Inc. sets in, Joel regrets his decision. While Dr. Mierzwiak and his team are scanning and deleting his memories of Clementine, Joel tries to save them by recontextualization. Inside his head he and Clementine become fugitives, who try to undo the current procedure by hiding their common experiences within memories that have nothing to do with their relationship. In keeping traces of memories at some other place Joel hopes to resist the procedure of elimination.
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