Text To Speech Reading 20: Reflective Nostalgia: Virtual Reality and Collective Memory

Thu, Nov 22, 2018
Thu, Nov 29, 2018
Programming Series

OFF-SITE LOCATION: 222 E. Georgia, Chinatown
Presented by VIVO Media Arts
Date: Thursday November 22, 2018
Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Text To Speech is a media art and theory reading group, organized by Western Front, Cineworks, and VIVO Media Arts.

Focused on writing about media, media art and the surrounding concepts and frameworks of the mediated world, Text To Speech gatherings aim to build stronger community ties and knowledge in our field. In this reading group, participants will be provided with copies of the reading, and we will facilitate a group reading, discussion, and analysis of this text. Prior knowledge of the work is encouraged but not required, as the session will involve some form of introduction, and some portion of close reading (out loud).


Reading 20

Svetlana Boym
Reflective Nostalgia: Virtual Reality and Collective Memory;
Nostalgia and Global Culture: From outer Space to Cyberspace;

Please email events@vivomediaarts.com to request reading materials

In a chapter titled "Immigrant Souvenirs" from Svetlana Boym’s book The Future of Nostalgia states the lasting memories at the point of departure represents the very last modernity living and breathing in the context of its origin. As a “ritual rescue of the past”, this narrative becomes substituted as souvenir representing a previous life, moments before rapid change takes places in the form of immigration and/or exile.

Screening: Thursday November 29
Free Admission

The readings contextualize the Korean diasporic narratives from early to mid 1990s, featuring documentaries by Dai Sil Kim-Gibson "(4-29) Sa-I-Gu: From Women's Perspectives" (1993) - a look at the 1992 Los Angeles Riots through a series of interviews by Korean Women - and Hwangbo Kangja's "그래도 살아왔지 And Yet We Survived (1995) from VIVO's Archives - interviews by survivors of Korean "Comfort Women" speaking on their experiences after a 50+ year silence.