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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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Part III: The Reconditioning of Time

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’ explores the uneven relationships between seeing and experiencing time and how divergent they are when addressing future studies. This is a combination of perspectives that sug- gest the re-appropriation of a post-truth, a political and philosophical state outside the speculative conditions that construct a reality of a pre- sent. Through the death of the sun and the end of philosophy, cinematic time in relation to human time, and counterfictional and counterfactional design worlds, critical questions and time-based concerns are addressed. The optimism and pessimism associated with the unconditional future are easily overlooked in the search for a legitimate future. The temporality of time measurement, personal time, cinematic time and technological time, constructs multiple exposures that reintroduce historical and political positions within a time economy. Multiple perspectives are emphasized that are reconsidered within capitalist, environmental, counterfictional, philosophical and design frameworks. Liam Sprod 7 The Blackening of Epekeina Tes Ousias: The Death of the Sun and the Death of Philosophy The image of the sun has a prestigious philosophical pedigree. This stretches back to Plato’s Republic and the famous allegory of the cave in Book 7, which compares the world of things to flickering shadows cast upon the wall of a cave, and the truth to the sunlit world above, which stands in for the Platonic realm of the forms, all ultimately united in the form of the good. Earlier, in Book 6, Plato directly elaborates the form of the good through the metaphor of the sun. There, through the voice...

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