1 Subject, Technology and Social Practice, Department of People and Technology, Roskilde University2 Gender, Body and Everyday Life, Department of People and Technology, Roskilde University3 Department of People and Technology, Roskilde University
This chapter takes an onset in forgetting and applies Karen Barad’s agential realism to the phenomenon. The question here is neither about retrieval problems, as forgetting is coined in cognitive science, nor is it about psychoanalytical concepts of repression. Rather, this chapter conducts a thought experiment to conceptualize the phenomenon of forgetting. I argue that the thing forgotten exists in an indeterminate, state, and as such in a quantum state of nothingness before it is remembered that it was forgotten. Turning cause and effect upside-down, the phenomenon of remembering the forgotten, makes both subjectivity and the forgotten emerge as a measurement in a discursive-material apparatus, and makes proposals for workable concepts for nothingness, as well as for distributed subjectivity.