This link established to a quote from Marc Augé’s latest book on Oblivion brought me to follow some associative traces of the memory path simultaneously connecting between remembrance and forgetting. As a still remarkable example to see the impact and power of these technics I point to Jean Rouche’s film ‘Les Maitres Fous’. Here the ritual of recalling constituted by an almost literal possession not only opens the path of trespassing and rebeginning for the directly involved but also marks a strong and disturbing memory trace of colonial impact on subpressed cultures. Accentuating the lingering effect of memory traces and their intertwined relation with oblivion as indentation not only crucial to individual routes but also fundamental in the shaping of cultural narratives.
… connecting points of this review of Marc Augé’s book ….
|… Yet, as Rouch reminds us in an interview in Cineaste, possession for the Hauka cultists was not theater but reality. The significance of this reality is left ambiguous in the film, although Rouch’s commentary suggests that the ritual provides a psychological release which enables the Hauka to be good workers and to endure a degrading situation with dignity. The unexplored relation of the Hauka movement to their colonial experience is perhaps the most intriguing issue raised by this ceremony in which the oppressed become, for a day, the possessed and the powerful….||
images via www.haussite.net and www.der.org
.. an other review on the art of recalling and forgetting which points also out the spatial implications of memory traces acn be found at Culture Machine.