Disinterring the present : science fiction, media technology and the ends of the archive

Horrocks, Christopher (2013) Disinterring the present : science fiction, media technology and the ends of the archive. Journal of Visual Culture, 12(3), pp. 414-430. ISSN (print) 1470-4129

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This article examines the relationship between the actual and fictional archive and science fiction. It highlights the role of technological obsolescence and anachronism as it appears in the writing of JG Ballard and Jacques Derrida in order to argue that the process of media transition, destruction and disinterment are integral to representations of the imaginary archive. The author examines Derrida’s deconstruction of Freud’s archive in order to identity his use of ‘retrospective science fiction’ and underline the term’s importance in addressing media transition in relation to the archive. It then takes the archived remains of Ballard’s unfinished short story in the Vermilion Sands collection to link the phenomenology of writing technology with processes of collecting, construction, disinterment and destruction. It concludes that Derrida’s retrospective science-fiction model might be reversed to consider the archive in terms of its post-archival function.

Item Type: Article
Research Area: Art and design
Communication, cultural and media studies
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (until 2017) > Centre for Contemporary Visual and Material Culture
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Depositing User: Christopher Horrocks
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2018 15:34
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2018 15:34
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1470412913504522
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/40494

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