Thursday, December 26, 2013

THE NATURE OF MEMORY

Memory, immanently, is recollection and weaves into it both the temporal and the atemporal. While coiled around cognition in its cognitive manifestations, unbidden stipples coexist too. Memory studs recollection with a luminiscent haze, a halo of incandescence around a throbbing (re) flection. Sometimes, in the gloaming of despair, memory casts a tenebrous net around remembrance but brings, either in its iridescence or opalescence, a piquant, astringent and bittersweet tinge.

Time's arrows point both ways in memory so that the beginning and end or the point of emergence and destination are turned inside out. The propulsion of linear time contravenes memory time because while memory extricates slivers of the past to inform the present it also incorporates future significations into present structures. Is it then, that the presence of memory, the telos of memory is contingent on the present, need a temporal moment to come into being or is it that the past, experienced and the future, unforeseen dovetail and intersect to underscore a precarious present which, in the very moment of its utterance, becomes past. When memory is imbued with the signifiers of the future it doesn't crystallize its nebulosity or render its fluidity intractable. It leaps over the contingent to encompass dimensions that were hitherto unexplored and congeals indeterminacy.

Memory is never tautologous as it changes its structure with each subsequent recollection. While the constituents remain unalterably similar the edges fray. Ethereal fragments of the present and an unanticipated future transform the hue of each remembrance so that an imperceptibly palpable metamorphosis occurs. Waves of memory ebb and flow, advance and retreat and the unceasing continuance of experience moves on. Yet time, causality, history undergo reconfigurations. Memory is becoming, a bringing into being. Memory is what happens when being is galvanized. Memory is the apotheosis of  being.

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