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Memories of the Future

On Countervision

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Edited By Stephen Wilson and Deborah Jaffé

What is a memory of the future? Is it a myth, a fiction of a severed arm, a post-human debate or a broken time machine? In an increasingly insecure future-world there is an urgency to consider and debate these questions. Memories of the Future: On Countervision addresses these concerns by speculating on the connections between memory and futurity in fields such as counter-histories, women’s studies, science fiction, art and design, technology, philosophy and politics. This book reveals how these subjects regenerate at the intersections of vision, counter-cultural production and the former present. The volume links the re-imaginings of memory into the present with topics such as the fever dream allegory of the adolescent social experience, soft technologies of future dress, reinventions of monetary exchange, rekindled subjectivities of school days, and technics and human progression. These countervisions argue against the homogenizing status quo of the present in order to challenge the customs, traditions and conventions of the past and propositions of the future.

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List of Figures ix Deborah Jaffé Preface xiii Acknowledgements xv Stephen Wilson Introduction 1 Part I Memories of the Future: On Countervision 29 Malcolm Quinn 1 The Plot against the Future 33 Alberto Abruzzese (translated by Kevin W. Molin) 2 Three Moves for a Single Advent/Event: (a) From Modern Fiction to the Latest Seriality; (b) Means instead of Ends; (c) The Revolt of Technics against Human Progress 49 vi Part II Intersections of Memory, Formative Experience and Learned Culture 65 Julia Eccleshare 3 Mortal Engines and The Hunger Games: How Myths from the Past Shape Visions of a Sustainable Future and the Responsibility for It as Represented in Children’s Literature 69 Sarah Bonner 4 Girl Acting Out: Revisiting the Fairy Tale Futures of Little Red Riding Hood and Snow White 85 Penny McCarthy 5 Mirror: Time Will Darken Paper 105 Jennet Thomas 6 School of Change: Re-dreaming Past Futures 129 Part III The Reconditioning of Time 149 Liam Sprod 7 The Blackening of Epekeina Tes Ousias: The Death of the Sun and the Death of Philosophy 153 Claudio Celis Bueno 8 The Attention Economy: From Cyber-Time to Cinematic Time 169 Austin Houldsworth 9 Counterfiction: Designing within Alternative Worlds 185 vii Part IV Future Permissions and Former Horizons 205 Ilaria Puri Purini 10 Seizing the Future: The Futurists and Future-oriented Contemporary Works 209 Anneke Smelik and Lianne Toussaint 11 From Hardware to Softwear: The Future Memories of Techno-Fashion 227 Karl Bell 12 (Un)knotting Time: Imagining Past Futures in Early Victorian...

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