Constant nostalgia: celebrating the physical in the digital age

Do the ways we archive our lives affect how we process our memories? Exploring the role nostalgia plays in the age of infinite content

A magic to revisit our past

Weezer’s Green album (2001), Atlas Sound’s Logos (2009) and David Bowie’s “Heroes” (1977)

I’ll never be that young again. I will never have that same opportunity. The timelines will never cross over in the same way. Time only moves one way. We’re never getting it back.

The roots of nostalgia

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Some believe that the more satisfied we become with our life, the less nostalgia we will experience, and the more productive we ultimately will be.

Content overload. Nostalgia repackaged

Our idea of ‘the past’ looks to be changing, because we are drowning in a meta-sea of data.

Early-onset nostalgia: Jeff Rosenstock’s ‘Perfect Sound Whatever’ from his 2016 album Worry, eulogised by James Acaster in 2019

Does, therefore, our use of social media as a memory archive eliminate the need for nostalgia at all? Will our own nostalgia become a redundant phenomenon?

The past is the future

We may become hesitant to dip too deep into a nostalgic text, in fear of upsetting a memory, or reframing meaning.

Mario Kart (1992), Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (2019) and Stranger Things (2016–to present)

Dead media revival

Originality is a lonely commodity, rarely popping up in the mainstream. It is still there, but with the sheer glut of content, it can take a little patience and perseverance to mine the gold in the dust.

Teresa Winter, Oh Tina, No Tina (2015)
Place Language (2019)
Place Language (2019)
Place Language (2019)
Edu Comelles, Still Life (2019)

Don’t neglect the present

Make a moment that will be remembered in that moment, as well as in many other moments in the future.

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