By the good graces of M. Bookmite, we have received scans of an article that emerged around the time of the release of Immemory in the journal artpress. So here we offer a first on the site—a pdf. No big deal, really, but perhaps the beginning of an archive within an archive, built the way bees would build—hexagonally. We’ll see. In any case, we offer you Louis-José Lestocart, “CHRIS MARKER cinéaste du je et de la vérité / Truth, First Person Singular,” artpress 224 (May 1997), 48-51, in French and English.
The ocular and mental vertigo of La Jetée: a man navigates from past to future, around a central point to which the editing brings him constantly back, into a world of fixity, of the partitioning of space which, visually, by its immobility (the filmed still photographs) refuses Time. […] Immemory is a CD-ROM containing the history of a character who is none other than Chris Marker himself. In this relating of his personal history, Marker goes one step further with the experiment begun in Zapping Zone, a series of videos of people he knew and loved, a Mnemosyne divided up into zones that were like islands, archipelagos, deserts, overpopulated lands, continents and terra incongnita. Immemory is a laboratory of the future and of survival and, as in La Jetée, constitutes a profoundly involving experience for the user.
For those interested in pursuing further the long & esoteric history of the Documemory: A Bibliography [§ E: Rhetoric & the Art of Memory].—touched on by Marker in the “liner notes” to Immemory and explored a bit more in this article—may we suggest you visit our recently updated page “