Rolling amnesia and the omnivorous now: Jeff Scher's You Won't Remember This trilogy (2007–2011)

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dc.contributor.author Husbands, Lilly
dc.date.accessioned 2018-04-24T11:27:38Z
dc.date.available 2018-04-24T11:27:38Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.citation Husbands, L. (2014) 'Rolling amnesia and the omnivorous now: Jeff Scher's You Won't Remember This trilogy (2007–2011)', Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, 8. en
dc.identifier.issued 8
dc.identifier.startpage 1
dc.identifier.endpage 13
dc.identifier.issn 2009-4078
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/5859
dc.description.abstract Throughout his career, New York-based experimental filmmaker and animator Jeff Scher has created animated works that are in dialogue with the diary film tradition in avant-garde cinema. Scher uses his distinctive single-frame rotoscope and collage animation technique to investigate the selective nature of memory and to celebrate the moments that constitute everyday life. Scher’s animated trilogy, You Won’t Remember This (2007), You Won’t Remember This Either (2009), and You Might Remember This (2011), depicts a series of everyday moments in the early childhoods of his two sons Buster and Oscar. The trilogy is centred on the mnemonic phenomenon that is referred to in developmental and cognitive psychology as childhood amnesia, which has presented problems for the philosophy of memory since John Locke first investigated the roles of memory and consciousness in the constitution of the identity of the self. Scher’s three portraits invite spectators to reflect on the mnemonic imbalance that is specific to this particular temporal situation—where the parent is able to remember what the child will ultimately forget—in both a distilled and heightened way. This paper investigates the ways in which the rotoscope collage technique employed by Scher in the You Won’t Remember This trilogy not only endows the works with a special capacity to emphasise the universal nature of childhood amnesia but also, conversely, resembles the phenomenological experience of remembering itself. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Film and Screen Media, University College Cork en
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dc.rights © 2014, The Author(s) en
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.subject Memory en
dc.subject Amnesia en
dc.subject Cognitive psychology en
dc.subject Diary film en
dc.subject Avant-garde en
dc.subject Collage en
dc.subject Single-frame rotoscope en
dc.subject Childhood en
dc.title Rolling amnesia and the omnivorous now: Jeff Scher's You Won't Remember This trilogy (2007–2011) en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media en
dc.identifier.journalabbrev Alphaville


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