Rewatched Interstellar tonight as I worked on a client project, and somehow the discussion of the room shifted to time and dimensional theory and memory as perceptive. Things discussed:
Andrew Gallix's Hauntology: A Not-So-New Critical Manifestation
As a reflection of the zeitgeist, hauntology is, above all, the product of a time which is seriously "out of joint" (Hamlet is one of Derrida's crucial points of reference in Spectres of Marx). There is a prevailing sense among hauntologists that culture has lost its momentum and that we are all stuck at the "end of history". Meanwhile, new technologies are dislocating more traditional notions of time and place. Smartphones, for instance, encourage us never to fully commit to the here and now, fostering a ghostly presence-absence. Internet time (which is increasingly replacing clock time) results in a kind of "non-time" that goes hand in hand with Marc Augé's non-places. Perhaps even more crucially, the web has brought about a "crisis of overavailability" that, in effect, signifies the "loss of loss itself": nothing dies any more, everything "comes back on YouTube or as a box set retrospective" like the looping, repetitive time of trauma (Fisher).
Not completely sure how all of these tie together exactly. There's been some talk about the internet as suspended, preserved memory; there's been talk of the fading of memory - of loss - as crucial to moving on emotionally; there's been discussion of the past discussions about the perception of time (and thus how we develop memory) as depending on relativity and how, each of us, separated by five feet, are also simultaneously separated in our perception of time and events by the most miniscule of differences from each of us, physically, in our separate spaces spinning, hurtling, through space, therefore rendering each of our recollections fundamentally different if only in the perceived time lapse, and about the possibility of experiencing time in a nonlinear method.
Just you know, your average watercooler chatter.