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What do you call an artifact from a future imaged in a past?

Cutting into this picture I experienced the snippet of dialogue below, by interrupting I was able to excerpt it from the narrative sense of the film for which it was produced. The way I initially experienced it was that a small group of human time travelers born in the 20th century were transported to early medieval England and were privately reminiscing about their home timeline. We the viewer witnesses the dispossession of their static and unassailable memory storage through failures of retrieval. The impression was that a rational self-present modern person able to perform with great competence according to all the signs of his world (acquiring and maintaining kingship) was unknowingly assimilating to medieval ways of understanding reality, especially that of his own past experience. Theoretically, social consciousness overdetermines individual consciousness in a seemingly fourfold way: collective social consciousness and individual social consciousness each revises the imagination, memory, and thought of rational egos taken both individually and collectively.

The social determination of consciousness (and its historical variation) seem very crucial to what Deleuze & Guattari mean by their concept of a social machine.

King Arthur: I had troubling dreams when I did sleep, Gawain. Tell me, was it those Wright Brothers who discovered radio?

Sir Gawain: I take doubt Your Highness, that was uh– that was Babe Ruth.

King Arthur: [small groan] And Uncle Milty was– will be the first man to fly, correct?

Sir Gawain: I believe he invents the horse and carriage, Sir. […] Or I dosed off for that period. I wonder if he couldn’t be trained as your court jester. He tells the best lies we’ve ever heard at the table.

King Arthur: True, true.

Sir Gawain: Better than even Sir Mordred.

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