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Sutures and Futures
I've been meaning to write something about the theoretical concept of "suture" for a long time. It's one of those terms that I know a good deal about but still want to explore more fully, the way I did with "fetish" when I wrote that grad-school paper -- subsequently turned into an article available here as a pdf -- on Walter Benjamin's "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction." In terms of film, the idea of suture seems particularly important for the documentaries I'm teaching, particularly since documentary tends to be an under-theorized genre. Right now, I'm just tripping on Skylar's statement of yesterday about how the person who knows how to undo stitches "can go back in time." Mentally reviewing the film theory readings on suture I'm familiar with, I recall that they foreground the synchronic over the diachronic. Or perhaps I just didn't read them right. I'll have to go over them in depth, because factoring the passage of time into the workings of suture seems absolutely critical. And so does factoring the passage of time into theorizing those workings. After all, the person who "can go back in time" by reconstructing the process of stitching together is also going into the future at the same time. The theorist's "then" lies on both sides of the "now."
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elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: November 6th, 2005 06:53 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yes! Yes! I was thinking yesterday about how that brilliant daughter of yours managed to expose the future as imperfect and under construction just by registering how the past is such--how processes from the point of view of a present with duration can rework what might have seemed fixed about the past, and do so for the sake of a different future.

And! Today I am reading "Work of Art" for German class. Go figure.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 7th, 2005 06:01 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Watch out: your simulacral double might be shadowing you!
hollsterhambone From: hollsterhambone Date: November 6th, 2005 08:55 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I like the angle that past and present can be read on the body. Telling time by looking at skin.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 7th, 2005 06:02 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Nice! Skylar was talking about fabric, of course, but sutures in skin are more Goth. :-)
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