CINEMA WITH/IN HISTORY: Techniques of Affect, Strategies of Mediality, and Processes of Multidirectional Memory in Contemporary Art

Noit Banai, Sabeth Buchmann

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Abstract

Multidirectional memory, the historian Michael Rothberg has argued, is an affective process of collective remembering, over which no homogeneous community exercises sole ownership. Polyvalent and empathetic perspectives on perpetrator–victim relations then supplant the futile battles for discursive hegemony. The problem of the representability of the Holocaust thus appears as being, in part, a matter of whether alternative narratives about it are conceivable: a question concerning the improbable, the imaginative, that retrospectively endows what went unrepresented with possibility. Discussing films by Dani Gal, Keren Cytter, and Roee Rosen, the art historians Noit Banai and Sabeth Buchmann show how ties of solidarity between diverse forms of trauma and recollection necessitate intersections between different histories.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-143
Number of pages24
JournalTexte zur Kunst
Issue number119
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2020

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