Virtual Museums and Memory Objects

Isabelle Mcneill

in Memory and the Moving Image

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780748638918
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671014 | DOI:
Virtual Museums and Memory Objects

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This chapter explores the role of filmic, or ‘screened’, objects in memory. It specifically examines the virtual museums of Agnès Varda, Chris Marker and Jean-Luc Godard. It is noted that Godard's Histoire(s) du cinéma and Marker's Immemory could not be more different in some ways. Varda's L'Île et elle gave a series of interlinked encounters with objects of cultural memory. It also serves as an important reminder of the contingency involved in all engagements with cultural memory objects. Les Plages d'Agnès is explicitly an autobiographical film, a cinematic memory journey that inevitably centres on the figure of the filmmaker herself. The screening of objects in the imaginary museums of moving image texts shows the ways in which material things form a part of the social frameworks of memory, where film both mirrors the functioning of cultural memory and forms a part of it.

Keywords: memory objects; virtual museums; Agnès Varda; Chris Marker; Jean-Luc Godard; Histoire(s) du cinéma; Immemory; L'Île et elle; cultural memory

Chapter.  18157 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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