Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

Immemory Re-released by Exact Change


Last Updated on December 6, 2020 by bricoleur


Exact Change* has re-released Chris Marker’s CD-ROM Immemory for OS X. This is great news, as the earlier versions (both the French original and the port by Exact Change to English) were unplayable on “modern” Macs and thereby stuck in a kind of technological cul-de-sac, languishing. (The background to this lies, at least in part, in the history of Marker’s beloved multimedia authoring tool Hyperstudio, but that’s another story). It sounds as well that we are to be treated to some “extras” on this edition (perhaps some of the images that appear in Pictures at an Exhibition?). Thanks to Michel Hardy-Vallée for bringing our attention to this exciting news for Marker fans.

Immemory by Chris Marker - English Edition by Exact Change
Chris Marker, Immemory CD-ROM, English edition, Exact Change

Immemory: A CD-Rom
by Chris Marker
ISBN 1-878972-39-1
For Macintosh computers only, running OS X version 10.4.11 or later, including 10.5 Leopard

“I claim for the image the humility and powers of a madeleine.”

In Immemory, Chris Marker has used the format of the CD-Rom to create a multi-layered, multimedia memoir. The reader investigates “zones” of travel, war, cinema, and poetry, navigating through photographs, film clips, music, and text as if physically exploring Marker’s memory itself. The result is a veritable 21st-century Remembrance of Things Past, an exploration of the state of memory in our digital era. With it, Marker has both invented a literary form and perfected it.

This 2008 revised edition features additional “X-Plugs,” and has been updated for OSX.

Exact Change

* “The press was founded in 1990 by Damon Krukowski and Naomi Yang, known outside publishing as musicians from the bands Damon & Naomi, and Galaxie 500. […] Exact Change authors include Guillaume Apollinaire, Louis Aragon, Antonin Artaud, John Cage, Leonora Carrington, Giorgio de Chirico, Salvador Dalí, Morton Feldman, Alice James, Alfred Jarry, Franz Kafka, Lautréamont, Gérard de Nerval, Fernando Pessoa, Raymond Roussel, Philippe Soupault, Gertrude Stein, Stefan Themerson, Denton Welch, and Unica Zürn.”


  • To be more precise: Immemory cannot play on an Intel Mac because they do not have the Classic environment. However, on a PowerPC mac, you can play Immemory if you have Classic installed.

  • I can just picture the Apple ad. PC guy (bake sale over, trash scattered about, as he ate all his own cupcakes): “What are you doing?” Mac guy: “O, just exploring Chris Marker’s Immemory CD-ROM.” PC guy: “Who’s Chris Marker?”

  • I’ve had the Immemory CD-Rom for a few years now. I’ve only ever watched it on a friend’s Mac. I don’t have a Mac but I’ve always had a PC. I find your remark nothing less than condescending. People who have or use Macs are neither more nor less intelligent than those who use PCs. In my opinion, the vast majority of people who use Macs have never heard of Marker either.

  • Well, if it’s any consolation or fuel to your sense of affront at the comment, japanese forms, I wrote the comment on a PC. It was meant in fun, not to start yet another instantly forgettable chapter in the infinite jest flame war on macs vs. pcs, nor to imply intelligence or lack thereof in any “user group.” I’m sorry you found it condescending. I find the apple ads amusing, but that’s just me…

  • I’ve never seen the Apple ads so maybe that’s why I didn’t ‘get’ it. I do have a keen sense of humour nonetheless and realise that my comment makes me sound like some sort of humourless moron. I was going to say something else but I’ve forgotten what it was.

    P.S. It’s really great that Damon & Naomi are reissuing the Immemory CD-Rom. Also, that it can be bought at a very reasonable price.

  • Interesting and welcome. I actually have an ancient tangerine iBook used solely for viewing Immemory, an ‘installation’ of sorts!

    But I wonder what they ported it to and why it’s still Mac only. Will have to investigate further.

  • If anyone is still keeping score on this… It seems like the conversion/playback on the new disk is being done using MacKiev’s Legacy Hyperstudio Player. Which is extremely interesting, as they also have a Windows version of this player. The Immemory stacks on the new disk are in fact playable on Windows using this player, although some of the multimedia doesn’t make it across. Too bad, really, as it seems like full compatibility might have been achieved with some small additional effort.

    There are some tricks to viewing the stacks on Windows that I won’t go into here, but just thought I’d mention it for the technically inclined and curious (or Macless) content seekers.

  • I have the first version of Immemory and I’ve recently bought a new intel Mac osX leopard : unable to read the cd… Do you know if i need to buy a new version of Immemory or is it possible to make an exchange?
    (from France)

  • Bonjour Bookmite, merci beaucoup pour l’info! ça me paraît un peu difficile mais très intéressant: je me plonge dans l’installation dès que possible.

  • Hi Collette – See comment from markertext above – it got caught in the spam trap for some obscure reason… Cheers and thanks for visiting! Je te souhaite du succès avec l’ancien CD-ROM et le nouveau OS pendant qu’ils essaient de marcher ensemble. :>

  • I’ve just downloaded the mac kiev legacy player, but for the moment it does not seem to work… I’ll investigate further and let you know… Thanks for your help… the new OS and the old cd are not so happy together….

  • Sorry, I don’t have a website, but Markertext made a comment that there are some tricks to viewing the new version of Immemory on a PC.

    I have downloaded the required Windows Mac Kiev Legacy Player and tried opening some files/stacks or whatever. I have a Vista PC.

    Thanks for whatever information you can provide; I very much want to view this CD-Rom.


  • Bob thank you kindly for your generous donation. It is highly appreciated. I have not tested the new CD-ROM, as I haven’t obtained a copy yet. As soon as I do, I will try to see if I can get it to work on Windows, inc. Vista. All the best, Daniel (blindlibrarian)

  • I recently purchased Immemory, the re-released version but unfortunately it still doesn’t work on a Mac despite being updated for OSX.

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