Archival landscapes and a non-anthropocentric ‘universe memory’ in Nostalgia de la luz/Nostalgia for the Light (2010)

Martin-Jones, D. (2013) Archival landscapes and a non-anthropocentric ‘universe memory’ in Nostalgia de la luz/Nostalgia for the Light (2010). Third Text, 27(6), pp. 707-722. (doi: 10.1080/09528822.2013.857901)

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Abstract

This article analyses Patricio Guzmán’s documentary, Nostalgia de la luz/Nostalgia for the Light (2010). It takes a Deleuzian approach to the film’s exploration of the past, both in terms of the history buried in the ground in Chile’s Atacama Desert, and the connected history of the universe found in the stars above. Nostalgia de la luz is considered a departure from Guzmán’s former emphasis on the national-political, in such seminal documentaries as La batalla de Chile/Battle of Chile (1975). By contrast, his latest film is a meditative exploration of history as a (non-human) memory stored within both the terrestrial and the celestial landscapes. The Deleuzian concepts of the ‘crystal of time’ and the ‘any-space-whatever’ (both influenced by Henri Bergson’s work on the interconnectedness of matter and memory) are used to unlock the film’s non-anthropocentric consideration of the history of the universe.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Martin-Jones, Professor David
Authors: Martin-Jones, D.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Journal Name:Third Text
ISSN:0952-8822
ISSN (Online):1475-5297

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