Forest of the Future Past: Immediating – Approximating Memoria (2021)

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


Years before playing Jessica in Memoria (2021), an orchid cultivator on a journey to Colombia, Tilda Swinton thus evoked the liminal quality of Apichatpong’s films: the way they preserve forests of unknowing to be discovered without being uncovered; archeological and virtual sheets of time to be approximated with the circumspection of the diviner, as they turn viewers into seers, strangely concurring with what Michael Taussig, in his recent book Mastery of Non-Mastery in the Age of Meltdown (2020), calls «the amplification of the mimetic faculty». This idea suggests, among other things, a renewed, visceral sense of connectedness with the world, a care for sensuous and non-sensuous correspondances that, incidentally, extends to the «mimetically capacious machinery» of cinema. Deriving from Benjamin’s Doctrine of the Similar, and permeated with Ayahuasca meanderings, Taussig’s interest in mimetic excesses gives way to a form of transductive or immediating approach – a way of approximating phenomenons non-linearly and de proche en proche (little by little) – that seems particularly well suited for percolating through the forested weirdings of Memoria, foregrounding Apichatpong’s tender care that nothing be lost.
Period19 Apr 2023
Event titleEvent | ‘Spirits, Forests, and Screens’ – Workshop with Erik Bordeleau on the work of Apitchapong Wheerasethakul and Cosmological Cinema
Event typeWorkshop
LocationAmsterdam, NetherlandsShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational