Life and thought in the rushes: mnemotechnics and orthographic temporal objects in the philosophy of Bernard Stiegler
This essay uses the work of Bernard Stiegler to explore some philosophical and theoretical implications of his project with regard to the ways in which mnemotechnics can be found to function in moving-image culture. In particular the article focuses on Stiegler’s rendering of the ancient Greek myth of the titans Prometheus and Epithemeus as a heuristic device for philosophically thinking mnemotechnics, as well as his relationship to important precursors including Friedrich Nietzsche, Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger and Roland Barthes, in the elaboration of a philosophy of mnemonic, technological and temporal inscription. Christopher Nolan’s 2000 film Memento is used as a filmic vehicle for sounding Stiegler’s concepts of mnemotechnics and ‘orthographic’ temporal objects, as well as his rich yet sparingly articulated appeal for a ‘critical culture’ of the image.
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