Bulletin of Hispanic Studies

Memory as Disruption: Entanglements of Memory and Crisis in Contemporary Spain

Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (2017), 94, (8), 883–901.

Abstract

In this article I propose that we are currently seeing the emergence of a new paradigm of cultural memory as disruptive, and I draw on the work of Jacques Rancière to analyse entanglements of memory, crisis and protest in contemporary Spain. Taking as my focal point the Puerta de Sol, a space that has embodied memory and dissent at various points in its history, I examine the depathologization of Spanish historical and cultural memory in El arquitecto y el relojero (2001) by Jerónimo López Mozo, and its repathologization in certain interpretations of the 15-M protests. I conclude with an examination of Los encargados (2012) by Jorge Galindo and Santiago Sierra, proposing that contradictory and disruptive approaches to memory and crisis reveal the extent to which memory studies are forward looking and as much about the future as the past.

En este artículo, propongo que en los últimos tiempos hemos visto la aparición de un nuevo paradigma de memoria cultural, la memoria disruptiva. Partiendo de una lectura de la obra de Jacques Rancière, ofrezco un análisis de la intersecciones de memoria, crisis, y protesta en la España contemporánea. Enfocándome en la Puerta de Sol, espacio que ha sido a veces un centro de memoria y disidencia, examino discursos patalógicos de la historia española en El arquitecto y el relojero (2001) de Jerónimo López Mozo y en algunas interpretaciones del movimento 15-M. Para concluir, estudio Los encargados (2012) de Jorge Galindo y Santiago Sierra, y sostengo que los enfoques contradictorios y disruptivos sobre la memoria y la crisis socioeconómica actual nos revelan hasta qué punto los estudios de la memoria tratan del futuro tanto como del pasado.

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