Embodied Memory

[The past is] somewhere beyond the reach of intellect, and unmistakably present in some material object (or in the sensation which such an object arouses in us), though we have no idea which one it is. As for the object, it depends entirely on chance whether we come upon it before we die, or whether we never encounter it.” Marcel Proust


Jan Švankmajer works with the notion that objects are charged with the emotions of those who come into contact with them, so that as we touch these we are at once depositing some of our own affects, while gaining others: “The emotional content of a tactile object changes constantly through physical contact. We are always touching the same, yet at the same time completely different object.” (Touch and Imagination, p.34)

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