svētdiena, 2009. gada 15. novembris

Daily

"Why have I accepted this proposal of a daily chronicle? Because the everyday fascinates me as a constitutive dimension of modernity. Everydayness appears with the decline or the disappearance of the rhythm of mythic and cosmic scansions, when the epic and even the novel eclipsed themselves behind the daily, in all senses of the word: intimate or public, the day-to-day repertory of a succession of fleeting presents, without origin or destination. From Heidegger to Benjamin and from Lefebvre to Debord, from micro-history to the painting of days a` la On Kawara, without forgetting the ‘psychopathology of daily life’, the everyday, the daily has run like a nervous system through our culture, stimulating it. Well before our time, Hegel could say that the reading of the daily paper was the daily prayer of the modern man. But this prayer as yet honoured a divine spirit present in each moment of its own history. For us, the everyday flows rather like the inconsistent and insignificant instant where each present takes its leave. Sometimes, the event prompts an enigmatic or monstrous presence, unable to be appropriated and unforgettable. The everyday then takes charge, simultaneously, of the repetition of the shock and its erasure. This is what is happening in an exemplary way at the moment: already September 11 is fading a little, no longer always makes the front page nor even the inside front page of the dailies, but at the same time it does not cease to come to us and to come alive to us, anew, with its questions. Barring events to the contrary, this is what I will chronicle.."~ J.-L. Nancy, Consecration and massacre (Postcolonial Studies, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 47–50, 2003).

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