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Unworking ChoreographyThe Notion of the Work in Dance$
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Frédéric Pouillaude

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199314645

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199314645.001.0001

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Lack of Tools as Loss of Memory

Lack of Tools as Loss of Memory

(p.267) Chapter 3 Lack of Tools as Loss of Memory
Unworking Choreography

Frédéric Pouillaude

, Anna Pakes
Oxford University Press

This chapter bases its discussion on Bernard Stiegler’s analysis in Technics and Time (1998). He argues that every technique externalized in material objects simultaneously exteriorizes memory. Every object produced or used by a technique both houses and relays the memory of the living actions and gestures which produced or used it. Not every technique is a mnemotechnique like writing or mechanical recording; but every technique involves a process of memory insofar as it passes via object mediation. Stiegler calls this process of exteriorizing memory a form of “tertiary retention,” invoking the vocabulary used by Husserl in The Phenomenology of Internal Time Consciousness (1964).

Keywords:   dance technique, Bernard Stiegler, exteriorizing memory, tertiary retention, object mediating, Technics and Time

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