Michel de Certeau Poetics of Everyday Life

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Michel de Certeau Poetics of Everyday Life

  1. 1. Michel de Certeau‟ Poetics of Everyday Life Ben HigmoreZELİHA UYURCAID 501 - Advanced Project Development in Industrial Design
  2. 2. Michel de Certeau’ Poetics of Everyday Life Outline Assembling a Poetics of Everyday Life • le Febevre and de Certeau • Resistance of Everyday Life Age-Old Ruses Murmurs in the Archive •De Certeau Ambitions for Archival Work •Freudian Approach Foregrounding The Everday
  3. 3. Assembling a Poetics of Everyday Life SPACE Everyday TIME PracticesDe Certeau Travel Metaphor: EXPERIENCE • apt for the everyday Michel de Certeau‟ Poetics of Everyday Life Ben Higmore
  4. 4. Assembling a Poetics of Everyday LifeDe Certeau : Everyday : •no finished system, no structure to draw schemas or mappable territories for everyday. Everyday life: •a scene of use within the system constructed and spread by others. •Creativity , characteristic of everyday to respond (resist) this situation. •Resistance of everyday resulted from differences, otherness. Michel de Certeau‟ Poetics of Everyday Life Ben Higmore
  5. 5. Assembling a Poetics of Everyday Lifele Febevre and de Certeau:different approaches, Everyday Life•Colonization of everyday life by •Impossibility of the fullcommodity form (caused colonization of everyday lifeAlienation) •Evasive Style of Everyday Life•Lack of Style of Everyday Life •Political assessment,•Different everyday, damaging to study of everydayrevolutionary praxis life Michel de Certeau‟ Poetics of Everyday Life Ben Higmore
  6. 6. Assembling a Poetics of Everyday Lifele Febevre and de Certeau:Similarities they share•Everyday as an ensemble of practices•Everyday as phenomenal and sensual •Everyday as an aesthetic realm that requires attention to the style and poetics living Michel de Certeau‟ Poetics of Everyday Life Ben Higmore
  7. 7. Assembling a Poetics of Everyday LifeResistance of Everyday Life: Resistance Opposition •resistance is as much about inertia as it is a result of inventive forms of appropriation •Thick breadth, opaque and stubborn of life in everyday practices, - immediate and millenary- Giard‟ study of cooking. People may think I am drinking, I am remembering.(Bachelard) •Stubbornness of memory, resistance •both a preservative and a creative for something new Michel de Certeau‟ Poetics of Everyday Life Ben Higmore
  8. 8. Assembling a Poetics of Everyday LifeResistance of Everyday Life: Non-oppositional Binary: Consumption Production Reading Writing (Writing visible, more valued) Tactic Strategies (Resistance - Power) Space Place Spoken Written Michel de Certeau‟ Poetics of Everyday Life Ben Higmore
  9. 9. Age-Old Ruses • activities rather than expresses identities – a poetics of uses rather than users •people and practices •generalizing the „operational logic‟ of the everyday • traditional sociopolitical frames of reference •can take comfort in ascribing resistance to identities(working class, sub-cultures) rather than activities. •science of singularity‟- instances of culture, plurality. •It is people with moments and practices rather than subjects Michel de Certeau‟ Poetics of Everyday Life Ben Higmore
  10. 10. Age-Old Ruses Tactic: •Absence of proper place •Not separated from other, in territory of other •OpportunistStrategy: •A subject separated from environment •Proper place •Lie behind the political and economic rationality Michel de Certeau‟ Poetics of Everyday Life Ben Higmore
  11. 11. Age-Old Ruses • Tactics, inventive employment of possibilities within strategic circumstances: disguise, surprise, discretion, secrecy, wit, play, bluff and so on” . Tactics don‟t operate outside a strategy that they cannot confront – this would be a counter-strategy Football match could be an example Michel de Certeau‟ Poetics of Everyday Life Ben Higmore
  12. 12. Age-Old Ruses • Extension of power & Everyday as non-reducible to it •Different forms and logics,but their non-symmetrical combination •friction of „rubbing along‟, rather than in direct conflict Le Perruque Michel de Certeau‟ Poetics of Everyday Life Ben Higmore
  13. 13. Murmurs in the Archive • everyday is irrepressible •de Certeau‟s offering two senses: •an archive of the everyday •an everyday-ing of archives •the everyday leaves residues of its existence, its irruption and disruption •Activities of use missing, but their mark (presence of absences). •Signs audible only for those- prepared to “dream of countless combination of existence” Michel de Certeau‟ Poetics of Everyday Life Ben Higmore
  14. 14. Murmurs in the ArchiveFreudian Approach: Everyday life Freudian Psychoanalysis Relationship between Relationship between Strategy and Tactic Consciousness and Unconsciousness (Slip of tongue, bungled) Strategy Consciousness Cannot erase Cannot erase Tactic Unconsciousness Michel de Certeau‟ Poetics of Everyday Life Ben Higmore
  15. 15. Murmurs in the ArchiveFreudian Approach: • Direct access to unconsciousness not possible through consciousness. • never decelerates itself but inscribe itself obscure and roundabout ways (dreams, neurotic symptoms) • Tactics are not observable through strategies •Strategy and tactics take place simultaneously •Strategy- delimit one‟s place in a world of invisible powers of Others, yet tactic in other‟s place Michel de Certeau‟ Poetics of Everyday Life Ben Higmore
  16. 16. Murmurs in the ArchiveFreudian Approach: Writing Speaking Strategic (Archival) (grumbling, clearing throat)Speaking body •Voice (Orality) are reconfigured within a scriptural economy (writing) •Possibility of archives at least bearing traces of tactical side of life, hovewer, How Orality is at all within writing(archiving). •Practice of listening, inscribing and describing. • Two ambitions (archive of everyday and everyday-ing of the archives) become one • practice of listening to the murmurs of everyday life Michel de Certeau‟ Poetics of Everyday Life Ben Higmore
  17. 17. Foregrounding the everyday peculiar logic of everyday practices •de Certeau‟s „science of singularity‟, that seeks to produce the generality of science and the particularity of the actual •de Certeau‟s, interested in finding the peculiar logic of everyday practices- as in Freud peculiar logic of dreaming. • No need of a fixed key that could unlock the puzzle of everyday life- as in Freud • de Certeau provides „toolkits‟ for allowing “the everyday to be heard, not as background noise, but as foreground voice”. Michel de Certeau‟ Poetics of Everyday Life Ben Higmore
  18. 18. Foregrounding the everyday politics of everyday life • The tactical activities, mixture of creative moments ofgetting by (making the best of things) and a host of stubborn insistencies (the past, the body, the unconscious). • Transformatory politics based on the attempts to describe this everyday life is restrictive. • Political orientation towards everyday life, offers a series of modest and everyday‟ proposals rather than offering a evolutionary‟ or „oppositional‟ form of politics • generating beginnings rather than achieving particular ends Michel de Certeau‟ Poetics of Everyday Life Ben Higmore
  19. 19. STRATEGY TACTIC Writing (Archiving) Reading Speaking EVERYDAYPLACE TIME Production Consumption Commodity Lack of Style Stubbornness (Alienation) of Memory Michel de Certeau‟ Poetics of Everyday Life Ben Higmore

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