Remediation and recuperation of memory on Spanish and Catalan television

Loxham, Abigail (2012). Remediation and recuperation of memory on Spanish and Catalan television. In: Cultural Studies Association of Australasia Annual Conference (CSAA 2012), Sydney, Australia, (). 4-6 December 2012.

Author Loxham, Abigail
Title of paper Remediation and recuperation of memory on Spanish and Catalan television
Conference name Cultural Studies Association of Australasia Annual Conference (CSAA 2012)
Conference location Sydney, Australia
Conference dates 4-6 December 2012
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Oral presentation
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
The hugely successful Spanish television series Cuéntame comó pasó/Tell me how it was, was first broadcast in 2001 and a thirteenth series is currently in production. It is the story of a middle class family in a neighbourhood in Madrid whose day-to-day lives at the end of the Franco era and the start of the transition to democracy (1968-1981) intersect with contemporary political concerns and events. Els fosses de silenci (2003) is a Catalan television documentary that deals with the ongoing exhumation of the victims of the Civil War from the present perspective of the campaign to restore Historical Memory to Spain. Both productions, though vastly different in scope and aims, incorporate archive footage and photographs in a process of remediation that extends and mirrors the concern with the presence and absence of memory in contemporary Spanish visual culture.

In a country with such a highly contested relationship with its recent past the medium of television merits critical attention for the way in which it contributes to the memory work being undertaken in Spain. In this paper I will compare these very different televisual productions in terms of the wider politics of cultural memory that are of urgent political interest within the Spanish peninsular. I attend to questions of memory and the selective reinterpretation of the past, specifically how both the series and the documentary frame them in an attempt to reinterpret collective national memory. I interrogate the modes through which remediation engages with the material and spectral presence of the bodies around which the project of recuperation of memory pivots. Images of the past are used to substitute for the material presence of bodies that are yet to be recovered and in this way they extend the debate on memory to interrogate materials of memory and the position of the televisual image in creating a new archive through which we can rethink contested representations of the past.
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