Brian’s Thoughts: Dark Phone Camera Edition

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  1. Gorgut · February 29, 2016

    Here is a transcription:

    I could not order and reorder, this is only a stream of consciousness

    Maurice Blanchot in the quote given says, “that disaster is related to forgetfulness—forgetfulness without memory.” This for me feels like an echo of Derrida, both Archive Fever, and the reading for today, No Apocalypse, Not Now. The Memory here is the literary archive and La Jatee is dealing with this theme extensively. In the event of apocalypse we reach a point of quasi-infinite speed, the speed of light [in the beginning there was light], where markers of language are transposed at a speed at a speed so fast we trail down a metonymic chain of desire to death, vis-a-vis the death drive. The camera flashes and snaps a photo but we are left with a trace that is “wholly other. The only subject of all possible literature,” namely the flash, the bulb burning, and the atom bomb being dropped. We see the physical archive emergin in La Jatee twice in to [sic] significant ways. There is the appearance of the greek statues and the museum of the dead. The statues are redolent of “the ghost” (thanks Bef)—we even have a fade transition from the statues face to his. This connection makes the main character into an object of memory, a memorial to the dead: a symbol of the doom of this planet which is always already destroyed, is deferred to his as a dialectic of archivization of the “wholly other,” as Derrida says [the ghost], “work(s) on the remainder, work(s) of the remainder.”

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