Screen Memories: A Video Essay on Smultronstället / Wild Strawberries

Catherine Grant


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.


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

DOI: 10.6092/issn.2280-9481/7914


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