ghostly appearances

… before now eflux joined in publishing the announcement of the latest exhibition at the Kunsthaus Dresden with an remark about a hype on ghosts – wood s lot had these great links on the blog (.. and I regret that I did not found the time to blog this draft earlier): from Youtube excepts of McMullen’s film on Derrida to text passages from the earlier published (last) issue of horizon on ‘ghosts’.

“At first I thought that ghosts would be forgotten in this new electronic age. But as things turn out, they began to use electronic gadgets for their own purpose. Now they often fly down telephone lines, jump on radio waves, and take you by surprise when you are listening to music. There are many recorded cases of ghosts appearing in electrical shops…” (McMullen)
British filmmaker Ken McMullen’s improvisational, non-linear film, ‘Ghost Dance’ (1983) concerns itself with various ‘ghosts’ (e.g., Kafka, Marx, Freud) and the issue of memory (the past) and how it functions in the present … French philosopher Jacques Derrida plays ‘himself’ in the film and comments upon ghosts as they pertain to cinema and representation itself … cinema, for Derrida, ‘is the art of ghosts’ and he regards himself – as portrayed in the film – as yet another ghost in whom he ‘believes’ … modern technology (specifically, telecommunications), he says, instead of vanquishing ghosts, actually multiplies them … however this is not necessarily negative – its quite the opposite – ‘long live the ghosts!’ he exclaims near the end of the clip …

.. please go to wood s lot for the whole list of links ..

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