1. bookTom 21 (2022): Zeszyt 1 (July 2022)
Informacje o czasopiśmie
License
Format
Czasopismo
eISSN
2066-7779
Pierwsze wydanie
04 Jun 2014
Częstotliwość wydawania
2 razy w roku
Języki
Angielski
access type Otwarty dostęp

Narratives of Historical Memory and Their Touristic Function: The Case of Sergei Loznitsa’s Austerlitz

Data publikacji: 05 Aug 2022
Tom & Zeszyt: Tom 21 (2022) - Zeszyt 1 (July 2022)
Zakres stron: 1 - 16
Informacje o czasopiśmie
License
Format
Czasopismo
eISSN
2066-7779
Pierwsze wydanie
04 Jun 2014
Częstotliwość wydawania
2 razy w roku
Języki
Angielski
Abstract

This article discusses a documentary film, Austerlitz (2016), by the Ukrainian film director Sergei Loznitsa. The film shows massive flows of tourists visiting Sachsenhausen and Dachau concentration camps, therefore, it is interpreted through the prism of dark tourism. The article argues that by functioning as a piece of virtual dark tourism, Austerlitz is constructed as a re-enactment of a collision with places of death. By refusing to moralize or condemn bored concentration camp visitors, Loznitsa enables the viewer to understand how radical experiences of mass destruction and death are being recorded in tourism practices in today’s society. The French semiotician and philosopher Roland Barthes argues that death is most clearly perceived when it opens up as an act that has already taken place in the past, but at the same time will also take place in the future – this has been and this will be. The article concludes that exactly this is the effect of the documentary film Austerlitz. By showing crowds of visitors walking in the empty spaces of concentration camps, Loznitsa opens up a tragedy of mass destruction and death that has already taken place, but at the same time will also happen.

Keywords

Ashworth, Gregory J. and John E. Tunbridge. 2017. Death Camp Tourism: Interpretation and Management. In Dark Tourism: Practice and Interpretation, eds. Glenn Hooper and John J. Lennon, 69–82. London, New York: Routledge. Search in Google Scholar

Barthes, Roland. 2000 [1981]. Camera Lucida. London: Vintage Books. Search in Google Scholar

Bollmer, Grant and Katherine Guinness. 2017. Phenomenology for the Selfie. Cultural Politics vol. 13, no. 2 (July): 156–176. Search in Google Scholar

Brink, Joram ten. 2012. Re-enactment, the History of Violence and Documentary Film. In Killer Images: Documentary Film, Memory and the Performance of Violence, eds. Joram ten Brink and Joshua Oppenheimer, 176–189. New York: Columbia University Press. Search in Google Scholar

Hartmann, Rudi. 2014. Dark Tourism, Thanatourism, and Dissonance in Heritage Tourism Management: New Directions in Contemporary Tourism Research. Journal of Heritage Tourism vol. 9, no. 2 (May): 166–182. Search in Google Scholar

Hirsch, Marianne. 2012. The Generation of Postmemory: Writing and Visual Culture after the Holocaust. New York: Columbia University Press. Search in Google Scholar

Lenchner, Daniel and Roc Morin. Nazi-Era Snapshots and Banality of Evil. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/5gkyk3/nazi-era-snapshots-and-the-banality-of-evil. Last accessed 28. 01. 2022. Search in Google Scholar

Lennon, John and Malcolm Foley. 2000. Dark Tourism: The Attraction of Death and Disaster. London: Continuum. Search in Google Scholar

Lennon, John and Dorothee Weber. 2017. The Long Shadow: Marketing Dachau. In Dark Tourism: Practice and Interpretation, eds. Glenn Hooper and John J. Lennon, 26–39. London, New York: Routledge. Search in Google Scholar

Loznitsa, Sergei. 2016. Austerlitz, a Film by Loznitsa. http://www.loznitsa.eu. Last accessed 19. 02. 2022. Search in Google Scholar

McDaniel, Kathryn N. 2018. Introduction to Virtual Dark Tourism: Disaster in the Space of the Imagination. In Virtual Dark Tourism: Ghost Roads, ed. Kathryn N. McDaniel, 1–18. London: Palgrave Macmillan.10.1007/978-3-319-74687-6_1 Search in Google Scholar

Sarlo, Beatriz. 2001. Scenes from Postmodern Life. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. Search in Google Scholar

Sontag, Susan. 2008. On Photography. London: Penguin Books. Search in Google Scholar

Tunbridge, John E. and Gregory J. Ashworth. 2017. Is All Tourism Dark? In Dark Tourism: Practice and Interpretation, eds. Glenn Hooper and John J. Lennon, 12–25. London, New York: Routledge. Search in Google Scholar

Wahlberg, Malin. 2008. Documentary Time: Film and Phenomenology. Minneapolis, London: University of Minnesota Press. Search in Google Scholar

Polecane artykuły z Trend MD

Zaplanuj zdalną konferencję ze Sciendo