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  • 1. michel de certeau’s poetics of everyday life
    ben highmore | 2002
  • 2. assembling a poetics of everyday life
    • de Certeau vs Lefebvre
    • 3. resistance of everyday
    age-old ruses
    • abondoning the subject
    • 4. non-symmetrical binaries
    murmurs in the archive
    • everyday is what kept silent
    • 5. freudian-style approach
    foregrounding the everyday
    • peculiar logic of everyday
    • 6. politics of everyday has random ends
    michel de certeau’s poetics of everyday life
    ben highmore | 2002
  • 7. assembling a poetics of everyday life
    de Certeau vs Lefebvre
    for De Certeau
    • no finished system or no structure to schemize the everyday neatly
    • 8. everyday life is the scene of use within a system spread by others
    • 9. charactarestic of everyday is the creativity within resulting from this situation
    • 10. this creativity is the resistance of everyday, originating from the difference – the otherness
  • assembling a poetics of everyday life
    de Certeau vs Lefebvre
    Lefebvre
    the colonization of everyday life by commodity form
    the lack of style of modern everyday
    the attitude of breaking free – a political assesment
    De Certeau
    the impossibility of such colonization due to the resistance of everyday
    the evasive style of modern everyday
    a political assesment is damaging for the study of everyday
  • 11. assembling a poetics of everyday life
    de Certeau vs Lefebvre
    Lefebvre
    the colonization of everyday life by commodity form
    the lack of style of modern everyday
    the attitude of breaking free – a political assesment
    De Certeau
    the impossibility of such colonization due to the resistance of everyday
    the evasive style of modern everyday
    a political assesment is damaging for the study of everyday
    everyday is an ensemble of practices
    everyday is phenomenal and sensual
    everyday is an aesthetic realm that requires attention to the style and poetics of living
  • 12. assembling a poetics of everyday life
    resistance of everyday
    • resistance ≠ opposition
    • 13. everyday is what hinders and dissipates the energy flow of domination
    • 14. everyday practices are thick breadth, opaque, stubborn...
    • 15. ...yet immediate and millenary
    • 16. this is the stubbornness of memory, the reason for this resistance
    • 17. this resistance is both preservative and creative
    • 18. that’s why everyday creativeness is in the non-oppositional binaries (production – consumption, writing – reading)
  • age-old ruses
    abondoning the subject
    • this attempt of a poetics of everyday life is a poetics of uses rather than users
    • 19. “de Certeau attempts to disentangle people and practices, by generalizing the operational logic of the everyday so that it includes all living beings”
    • 20. this is partially an attempt to disengage from traditional sociopolitical frames of reference, that can ascribe resistance to identities rather than activities
    • 21. the reason is to generate “a practical science of singularity”, as the category of the subject is already too prolific
    • 22. thus the Practice of Everyday Life is peopled with moments and practices
  • age-old ruses
    non-symmetrical combinations
    • strategies & tactics
    • 23. strategy assumes a proper
    • 24. tactics are in an ambigious position – inside yet other
    • 25. the extension of power & the everyday as non-reducible to it
    • 26. different forms and logics, no direct conflict, a combination resulting in the friction of rubbing along
    • 27. la perruque – not confronting strategic form, yet taking place in its blind spots
  • murmurs in the archive
    everyday is what kept silent
    • traditional ‘archiving’ traditions are not a proper way of attending the everyday life – they are strategic in the first place
    • 28. de Certeau has two aims for archival work: an archive of everyday and everyday-ing of archives
    • 29. current archives are characterized by the suppression, by silencing the irrregular
    • 30. thus what is left is the geography of silences and the presence of absences
    • 31. gaps in the current archives that requires a different for of attention – to dream of countless combinations of existance
  • murmurs in the archive
    freudian-style approach
    • as everyday is relationships between strategies and tactics, Freudian psychoanalysis assumes a similar relationship between concious and unconcious
    • 32. the conciousness cannot eradicate unconciousness altogether, yet unconciousness is unreachable directly
    • 33. the unconcious mind never declares itself, always takes obscure and roundabout ways to inscribe itself
    • 34. so as tactical practices, they cannot be attended directly, they resist to the traditional ways cataloguing
    • 35. strategies and tactics take place simultaneously, strategy is an effort to delimit one’s place in a world of invisible powers of Others, yet tactic insinuate itself in the other’s place
  • murmurs in the archive
    freudian-style approach
    • the relation between speaking and writing is also similar
    • 36. voices (speaking) are reconfigured within a scriptual economy (writing)
    • 37. the problem – if it is the orality (speaking) that is unconcious and includes the traces of everyday life, how is that possible to turn that into an archive without fashioning a scriptual economy (writing)?
    • 38. the answer – the change of style in the archival practice (p.169)
    • 39. thus two ambitions – archive of everday and everday-ing of the archives – become one as a pratice of listening to the murmurs of everyday life
  • foregrounding the everyday
    peculiar logic of everyday
    • de Certeau’s desire is to produce a science of singularity for everyday life – evidencing the tension between the singularity of science and the particularity of the actuality
    • 40. so de Certeau is interested in finding the peculiar logic of everyday life
    • 41. no fixed key that could unlock the puzzle of everyday life...
    • 42. ...thus a ‘toolkit’ is necessary to study everyday life
    • 43. this is what is offered in The Practice of Everyday Life
  • foregrounding the everyday
    peculiar logic of everyday
    • de Certeau’s desire is to produce a science of singularity for everyday life – evidencing the tension between the singularity of science and the particularity of the actuality
    • 44. so de Certeau is interested in finding the peculiar logic of everyday life
    • 45. no fixed key that could unlock the puzzle of everyday life...
    • 46. ...thus a ‘toolkit’ is necessary to study everyday life
    • 47. this is what is offered in The Practice of Everyday Life
    politics of everyday has random ends
    • transformatory ends for politics cannot beexpected from everyday life
    • 48. politics originating form the everyday cannot offer solutions, cannot overthrow oppression
    • 49. but it can generate beginnings for change
  • thanks for your attention