Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

A Trip Down Immemory Lane


Last Updated on January 16, 2021 by bricoleur

Found on YouTube in the Guillaume-en-Egypte channel, here is a video, independently produced and uploaded in 2017, of the playing of an interactive CD-Rom, Immemory, created by Chris Marker originally in 1997. The pacing is nice: leisurely, not rushed. This leisurely stroll – flâneur-style – through Immemory will give those who have yet to play with / peruse Marker’s CD-Rom a good idea of its structure, its contents, and its depth. It certainly should, at TRT of a bit over 4 hours. Though the English version by Exact Change (1997/2008) is currently out of stock, there seem to be a few copies available at Amazon. Enjoy!

Exact Change notes the following (and we assume the note on Lion goes for Mountain Lion, Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan, Sierra, High Sierra and Mojave):

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: For Macintosh computers only, running OS X version 10.4.11 or later, including 10.5 “Leopard”. 
NOTE: Does NOT work in 10.7 “Lion”.

Immemory by Chris Marker published by Exact Change

For more information on Immemory, take a look at this oldie-but-goodie article “Understanding Immemory with a little help from Raymond Bellour.”

Gorgomancy: Immemory and More

If you wish to play Immemory in interactive mode, Marker’s own site Gorgomancy is still up as of this post. Immemory is available there (ported to Flash), along with other materials such as Ouvroir, the Movie; the mysterious surveillance footage-based Stopover in Dubai* (in retrospect, reverberating with premonitions of Jamal Khashoggi’s brutal murder), L’Héritage de la chouette (all episodes); some miscellaneous videos under the rubric “24 Heures Memo”; Guillaume en Egypte’s Poptronics contributions; and Elle et Lui (Mémoires pour Simone and La Solitude du chanteur de fond—two short Marker films on Simone Signoret and Yves Montand). New additions even include a bande-dessinée on Ouvroir, Chris Marker’s Second Life manifestation: Ouvroir—A Voyage with Sergei Murasaki. Sergei Murasaki is another in Marker’s long list of pseudonyms.


Here’s an article on our initial discovery of Gorgomancy: Gorgomancy: Dangerous Viewing.

* Re: Stopover in Dubai

Finn Brunton, writing in Radical Philosophy in 2012, quotes this passage in discussing Stopover in Dubai, though without citing a source:

It’s the film produced by the Dubai State Security service, of found CCTV footage tracking the assassins on their way to kill Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in his hotel room. All Marker has done is change the soundtrack, adding the first three movements of Henryk Górecki’s ‘String Quartet No. 3’: the dark adagio as the team assembles, drifting in and out of shopping centres; the profound gloom of the second movement, as the circle inexorably closes and the doomed man goes to his hotel room under the watchful eye of the surveillance group; and the escalating frenzy of the allegro as the work is done and the killers scatter.

Chris Marker, 1921–2012: Future anterior
Finn Brunton, Radical Philosophy 176 (Nov/Dec 2012)

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