Sleep Dealer: Labour, memory and embodiment

3 thoughts on “Sleep Dealer: Labour, memory and embodiment”

  1. I wonder what you think about how Memo’s memory is handled in Sleep Dealer; with Memo, we get various instances where the same footage is used multiple times (sometimes as a pair of flashbacks, sometimes as an originary shot and then a flashback of it).

    Memory is always recreated in the present, but Memo is given memories that are “replayable” for us as an audience.

    Obviously, there are conventions for how memories are represented in film, but do you think it’s possible for memories, like labor, to also be co-opted and reprogrammed by hegemonic structures?

    If memories aren’t secure, what sites of resistance remain?

  2. I am wondering if the way Memo and Luz use the nodes during sex can also be seen as a way to reclaim intimacy between bodies when those bodies are otherwise alienated from identity/labor etc. If memory is another way of establishing intimacy between peoples, and these memories are commodified and alienated from a thinking, sensing people who sustain their potency, then it seems that sex might have emancipatory power in linking bodies together using the very technology that is meant to abstract them from sensory, embodied reality.

  3. The film was an interesting watch. How far will the fantasies in the movie become reality? Well, there are already the mechanical turks that are available now, however I think automation is going to be what the market is going to pursue. For example see Uber investing in Carnegie Mellon robotics!

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