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Sunday, 13 March 2016

Anamnesis, the backbone of my production

In Prof. Graham Harman's book, "Prince of Networks; Bruno Latour & Metaphysics", tucked away on the back of the first page (The book 'Title' page), is a footnote which positions the idea of Harman's writings on Object Oriented Ontology, Bruno Latour, and much of the discourse on speculative realism...

It says "Anamnesis"....
"Anamnesis means remembrance or reminiscence, the collection or re-collection of that having been lost, forgotten or effaced..."
IT then goes on to say that, it is of the old that makes us what we are...

"[It is also] a work that transforms it's subject, by making something new. ....To recollect the old to produce something new... "

The meaning of Anamnesis is found in various guises.  I use the word 'guise' carefully....
The Wikipedia entry defines it as;
"It is the idea that humans possess knowledge from past incarnations and that learning consists of rediscovering that knowledge within us."
(See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anamnesis_(philosophy))
But it also alludes to;
Anamnesis is a key concept in the liturgical theology: in worship the faithful recall God's saving deeds.[1] This memorial aspect is not simply a passive process but one by which the Christian can actually enter into the Paschal mystery.[2]
(See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anamnesis_(Christianity))
With a further explanation of the Paschal mystery thus;

Understand, therefore, beloved,
how it is new and old,
eternal and temporary,
perishable and imperishable,
mortal and immortal, this mystery of the Pascha:
old as regards the force
but new as regards the Word;
temporary as regards the model (gr. typos),
eternal because of grace
perishable because of the slaughter of the sheep,
imperishable because of the life of the Lord;

mortal because of the burial in (the) earth,
immortal because of the rising from the godOn the Pascha, 2-3
(See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paschal_mystery)


So, in the reflection of the research and development of "The things We Leave Behind", the idea and concept of Anamnesis fits the production of artifacts EXACTLY!

I'm chuffed, to say the least!

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