Film, 20 min.
‘‘..Nostalgia is a word, like aesthetics,
whose birth we can locate with precision.
Nostalgia, then, is a sickness
born of an inability or unwillingness to be content
with memories or dreams of a home left behind.
When a nostalgia does manage to return home,
Kant notes, reality is likely to shatter its imaginative construction
and leave the sufferer disappointed.
But while blaming the changes that have taken place, she is finally cured.
What really has changed, however is not the place but the individual.
Nostalgia plays a part in this appreciation and is not divorced from hope.
The inability to forget and let go of past
—whether in the form of nostalgia clinging to a past transfigured
into paradise or to memories that have become a vision of hell
—can blind us to what the present and future have to offer.
We find it difficult to let go of the past;
after all, it has made us who we are and provided us with orientation.
Nostalgia shows us two faces—one that looks to the past and the other to the future.
One seeks to return home; the other is content to leave home a dream that projects its promise into the future.’’
[ Philosophy of Architecture (2016) by Karsten Harries, p.102 ]
Textual references from the film, 2018
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