Mind pops & Madeleine moments
Length: 10 minuter, essay film
Marcel Proust coined the term “involuntary memory”, the curious phenomenon of a memory triggered by a smell, a taste, or even a sound. A Madeleine moment.
Smell-memory-emotion-thought-expression. That’s how it usually works. The smell of buttered crumpets leads you to write a poem about lost childhood. For those of us with anosmia – a complete loss of smell – other tactics are needed and a logic in reverse develops. If you’ve had a sense of smell and lost it, those memories are still there. So, you start with poems, words and sayings – and trace backwards.
Julian McKinney (b. Lund, 1976) is a filmmaker based in Gothenburg, Sweden. His background in film includes working as a curator, festival organizer, translator, reviewer, dramaturg and teacher.