By Michael Pickering, Emily Keightley
This ebook explores how images and recorded tune act as autos or catalysts in techniques of remembering, and the way they're seemed, taken care of, valued and drawn upon as assets connecting prior and found in daily life. It does so through key options: vernacular reminiscence and the mnemonic mind's eye.
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In one of these early interviews an elderly man broke down several times, his tears preventing him from replying to our questions. These were surmounted, and even though we offered to close the interview and leave, he insisted on continuing. It felt nevertheless that his privacy had been breached, and we had intruded in an area – his abiding sense of loss for his wife who he still missed profoundly even though she had been dead for ten years – where we should not have trodden. This was the initial impetus behind our developing the method of the self-interview, but we soon realised that it was particularly suited for researching memory in a number of ways.
Remembering as creative practice is not in itself exceptional, for it goes on all the time in everyone’s lives, involving applications of the mnemonic imagination in making meaning and deriving value out of all that has happened to us and to those we know in a series of interwoven pathways that we somehow retrace when we think of the past and what it makes of us. 24 Photography, Music and Memory With photography and recorded music as conveyances of memory, we see this as operating over three broad, overlapping stages.
As Richard Leppert has noted, ‘the sound of Cline’s voice reclaims the very agency that many of the songs she sang . . 50 We remain uncertain as to who is possessor and who the possessed, or even what it is that she possesses or is possessed by. Hearing the song again happily supported our sense of the need to investigate how these two cultural technologies mediate personal and social memories, and why they become bracketed together as media of memory. It seemed quite natural that they were placed together in the song, and this corroborated our realisation of the importance of attending to these technologies comparatively.