Screen Memories: A Video Essay on Smultronstället / Wild Strawberries

Authors

  • Catherine Grant Birkbeck, University of London

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.6092/issn.2280-9481/7914

Keywords:

video essay, screen memories, Freud, psychoanalytic film theory, multiple-screen video

Abstract

Screen Memories is a short split-screen video about Ingmar Bergman’s 1957 film Smultronstället / Wild Strawberries and its connections with the Freudian concept of ‘screen memories’ that began as a piece of free-associational audiovisual exploration. Rather than an explicit work of scholarly exposition, explication or argumentation, it is an instance of creative practice as a mode of enquiry: a concise compilation made to perform or frame a new audiovisual encounter—in this case turning on a technique of gentle defamiliarisation (Ostranenie)—in order to engender new material thinking and feeling. The video is accompanied by a detailed written exegesis and contextualisation that aim to expand on its central topic, to make more manifest its audiovisual methodology, and to situate it as practice-led research, that is, as a work attempting to produce new knowledge, both through its particular form and through the reflections generated by this.

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Published

2018-07-12

How to Cite

Grant, C. (2018). Screen Memories: A Video Essay on Smultronstället / Wild Strawberries. Cinergie – Il Cinema E Le Altre Arti, 7(13), 21-29. https://doi.org/10.6092/issn.2280-9481/7914

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