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Artmaking in the Age of Global CapitalismVisual Practices, Philosophy, Politics$
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Jan Bryant

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474456944

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474456944.001.0001

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Encounter Two: Lefebvre and Blanchot

Encounter Two: Lefebvre and Blanchot

(p.46) 6 Encounter Two: Lefebvre and Blanchot
Artmaking in the Age of Global Capitalism

Jan Bryant

Edinburgh University Press

Henri Lefebvre spent many decades developing a theory of the everyday as a locus of revolutionary potential. Maurice Blanchot takes a sideways route from praising to pulling down Lefebvre’s ‘everyday’, arguing that revolutionary desire cannot dwell in this enigmatic sphere. Rather, the everyday is the unthought, private, absorbing, and self-contained. The failure of Lefebvre to move from abstraction to action, from metaphysics to an effective Marxist critical theory is revealed at a crucial moment in history, as the Left is appearing to fracture in response to the disappointments of 1968. The chapter includes a close analysis of Béla Tarr’s The Turin Horse (2011) in relation to the everyday and tedium. [110]

Keywords:   Henri Lefebvre, Maurice Blanchot, The Everyday, Béla Tarr, The Turin Horse, Nietzsche

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