[-empyre-] prosthetic amnesia

Timothy Murray tcm1 at cornell.edu
Wed Nov 28 07:45:42 EST 2007

>Grace and Ingrid,

I mean to add that you wee already almost telepathically in dialogue 
with one another!  Perhaps Grace's notion of disembodiment is 
precisely what Ingrid has in mind by  our "confident reliance on the 
expanse of virtual memory, data bases, and archives" to the extent 
that we will our memory loss.

Perhaps it's there, in the sense of Bergsonian creative evolution or 
Deleuzian transcendental empiricism, that thought gets refused onto 
loss in way that makes thought less dependent on the self-centered 
self than on the cultural crystalization of digital culture as .... 
prosthetic amnesia.  Seems like we're also heading back to the 
positive creativity of archival fever and its death drive?


Timothy Murray
Professor of Comparative Literature and English
Director of Graduate Studies in Film and Video Studies
Curator, The Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, Cornell Library
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Cornell University
Ithaca, New York 14853

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