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Michel de certeau’s poetics of everyday life - highmore

  1. 1. michel de certeau’s poetics of everyday life<br />ben highmore | 2002<br />
  2. 2. assembling a poetics of everyday life<br /><ul><li>de Certeau vs Lefebvre
  3. 3. resistance of everyday</li></ul>age-old ruses<br /><ul><li>abondoning the subject
  4. 4. non-symmetrical binaries</li></ul>murmurs in the archive<br /><ul><li>everyday is what kept silent
  5. 5. freudian-style approach</li></ul>foregrounding the everyday<br /><ul><li>peculiar logic of everyday
  6. 6. politics of everyday has random ends</li></ul>michel de certeau’s poetics of everyday life<br />ben highmore | 2002<br />
  7. 7. assembling a poetics of everyday life<br />de Certeau vs Lefebvre<br />for De Certeau<br /><ul><li>no finished system or no structure to schemize the everyday neatly
  8. 8. everyday life is the scene of use within a system spread by others
  9. 9. charactarestic of everyday is the creativity within resulting from this situation
  10. 10. this creativity is the resistance of everyday, originating from the difference – the otherness</li></li></ul><li>assembling a poetics of everyday life<br />de Certeau vs Lefebvre<br />Lefebvre<br />the colonization of everyday life by commodity form<br />the lack of style of modern everyday<br />the attitude of breaking free – a political assesment<br />De Certeau<br />the impossibility of such colonization due to the resistance of everyday<br />the evasive style of modern everyday<br />a political assesment is damaging for the study of everyday<br />
  11. 11. assembling a poetics of everyday life<br />de Certeau vs Lefebvre<br />Lefebvre<br />the colonization of everyday life by commodity form<br />the lack of style of modern everyday<br />the attitude of breaking free – a political assesment<br />De Certeau<br />the impossibility of such colonization due to the resistance of everyday<br />the evasive style of modern everyday<br />a political assesment is damaging for the study of everyday<br />everyday is an ensemble of practices<br />everyday is phenomenal and sensual<br />everyday is an aesthetic realm that requires attention to the style and poetics of living<br />
  12. 12. assembling a poetics of everyday life<br />resistance of everyday<br /><ul><li> resistance ≠ opposition
  13. 13. everyday is what hinders and dissipates the energy flow of domination
  14. 14. everyday practices are thick breadth, opaque, stubborn...
  15. 15. ...yet immediate and millenary
  16. 16. this is the stubbornness of memory, the reason for this resistance
  17. 17. this resistance is both preservative and creative
  18. 18. that’s why everyday creativeness is in the non-oppositional binaries (production – consumption, writing – reading)</li></li></ul><li>age-old ruses<br />abondoning the subject<br /><ul><li> this attempt of a poetics of everyday life is a poetics of uses rather than users
  19. 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. 20. this is partially an attempt to disengage from traditional sociopolitical frames of reference, that can ascribe resistance to identities rather than activities
  21. 21. the reason is to generate “a practical science of singularity”, as the category of the subject is already too prolific
  22. 22. thus the Practice of Everyday Life is peopled with moments and practices</li></li></ul><li>age-old ruses<br />non-symmetrical combinations<br /><ul><li> strategies & tactics
  23. 23. strategy assumes a proper
  24. 24. tactics are in an ambigious position – inside yet other
  25. 25. the extension of power & the everyday as non-reducible to it
  26. 26. different forms and logics, no direct conflict, a combination resulting in the friction of rubbing along
  27. 27. la perruque – not confronting strategic form, yet taking place in its blind spots</li></li></ul><li>murmurs in the archive<br />everyday is what kept silent<br /><ul><li> traditional ‘archiving’ traditions are not a proper way of attending the everyday life – they are strategic in the first place
  28. 28. de Certeau has two aims for archival work: an archive of everyday and everyday-ing of archives
  29. 29. current archives are characterized by the suppression, by silencing the irrregular
  30. 30. thus what is left is the geography of silences and the presence of absences
  31. 31. gaps in the current archives that requires a different for of attention – to dream of countless combinations of existance </li></li></ul><li>murmurs in the archive<br />freudian-style approach<br /><ul><li> as everyday is relationships between strategies and tactics, Freudian psychoanalysis assumes a similar relationship between concious and unconcious
  32. 32. the conciousness cannot eradicate unconciousness altogether, yet unconciousness is unreachable directly
  33. 33. the unconcious mind never declares itself, always takes obscure and roundabout ways to inscribe itself
  34. 34. so as tactical practices, they cannot be attended directly, they resist to the traditional ways cataloguing
  35. 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</li></li></ul><li>murmurs in the archive<br />freudian-style approach<br /><ul><li> the relation between speaking and writing is also similar
  36. 36. voices (speaking) are reconfigured within a scriptual economy (writing)
  37. 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. 38. the answer – the change of style in the archival practice (p.169)
  39. 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 </li></li></ul><li>foregrounding the everyday<br />peculiar logic of everyday<br /><ul><li> 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. 40. so de Certeau is interested in finding the peculiar logic of everyday life
  41. 41. no fixed key that could unlock the puzzle of everyday life...
  42. 42. ...thus a ‘toolkit’ is necessary to study everyday life
  43. 43. this is what is offered in The Practice of Everyday Life</li></li></ul><li>foregrounding the everyday<br />peculiar logic of everyday<br /><ul><li> 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. 44. so de Certeau is interested in finding the peculiar logic of everyday life
  45. 45. no fixed key that could unlock the puzzle of everyday life...
  46. 46. ...thus a ‘toolkit’ is necessary to study everyday life
  47. 47. this is what is offered in The Practice of Everyday Life</li></ul>politics of everyday has random ends<br /><ul><li>transformatory ends for politics cannot beexpected from everyday life
  48. 48. politics originating form the everyday cannot offer solutions, cannot overthrow oppression
  49. 49. but it can generate beginnings for change</li></li></ul><li>thanks for your attention<br />

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