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22 JULY 2014

The Arcades Project: a world of secret affinities

"the entire Arcades complex (without definitive title, to be sure) remained in the form of several hundred notes and reflections of varying length, which Benjamin revised and grouped in sheafs, or 'convolutes;' according to a host of topics. Additionally, from the late Twenties on, it would appear, citations were incorporated into these materials–passages drawn mainly from an array of nineteenth–century sources, but also from the works of key contemporaries (Marcel Proust, Paul Valery, Louis Aragon, Andre Breton, Georg Sinunel, Ernst Bloch, Siegfried Kracauer, Theodor Adorno). These proliferating individual passages, extracted from their original context like collectibles, were eventually set up to communicate among themselves, often in a rather subterranean manner. The organized masses of historical objects–the particular items of Benjamin's display (drafts and excerpts)–together give rise to 'a world of secret affinities;' and each separate article in the collection, each entry, was to constitute a 'magic encyclopedia' of the epoch from which it derived. An image of that epoch. In the background of this theory of the historical image, constituent of a historical 'mirror world;' stands the idea of the monad–an idea given its most comprehensive formulation in the pages on origin in the prologue to Benjamin's book on German tragic drama, Ursprung des deutschen Trauerspiels (Origin of the German Trauerspiel)–and back of this the doctrine of the reflective medium, in its significance for the object, as expounded in Benjamin's 1919 dissertation, 'Der Begriff der Kunstkritik in der deutschen Romantik' (The Concept of Criticism in German Romanticism). At bottom, a canon of (nonsensuous) similitude rules the conception of the Arcades."

(Howard Eiland and Kevin McLaughlin, p.x)

Benjamin, Walter (2002). "Das Passagen–werk [The Arcades Project]", US: Harvard University Press. 0674008022
Fig.1 Edizioni Brogi (circa 1880). No.4608 "Ottagono della Galleria Vittorio Emanuele", Milano.



193519th century • a world in miniature • a world of secret affinities • affinityAndre Bretonarcadescitationcollectibles • convolutes • department stores • documentary synopsis • encyclopaedia • epoch • Ernst Bloch • expose • Georg Sinunel • historical image • historical objects • Institute of Social Research • Louis Aragon • magic encyclopaedia • Marcel Proustmirror worldmonad • monadology • nostalgic tributenostalgic yearningnotes • original context • Parispassages couvertsPaul Valery • reflections • sheafs • Siegfried Kracauer • similitudeThe Arcades ProjectTheodor Adorno • topics • Walter Benjamin


Simon Perkins

Mobilised Virtual Gaze: Simulation Of Movement And Visibility

"Anne Friedberg in Window shopping has formulated the phrase 'mobilised virtual gaze' to describe a simulation of movement and visibility that she traces back to the dioramas and panoramas of the nineteenth century, through the emerging consumer culture of the first arcades and department stores, and on into the twentieth century mobilisation of the consumer through the imaginary landscapes of cinema, tourism, television, shopping malls, the internet, etc."
(Allen Meek)



arcadescinemadepartment storesdiorama • Friedberg • Internet • mobilised virtual gaze • panorama • shopping malls • televisiontourismvirtual • Williams
08 OCTOBER 2003

Kevin Hetherington: Heterotopia & Social Ordering

"Heterotopia are places of otherness, whose otherness is established through a relationship of difference with other sites, such that their presence either provides an unsettling of spatial and social relations or an alternative representation of spatial and social relations. –pp.8 The Palais Royal, with its coffee–houses, gardens, arcades and theatres, was the epitome of a heterotopia that played a significant role in the emergence of modern society in France at the time of the French Revolution. It can be read as one of the first sites in which the utopics of modernity, the ambivalent interplay of freedom and control, were expressed. This is reflected in both the social composition of its visitors and the openness of access and social mixing that it encouraged and its significance to the events of the French Revolution."
(Kevin Hetherington, p.17)

Hetherington, Kevin. 1997 The Badlands of Modernity: Heterotopia and Social Ordering, London, UK: Routledge.



arcadearcadesFrench RevolutionheterotopiaKevin Hetheringtonorderingpalace • Palais Cardinal • Palais Royal • social mixing • utopia • utopics

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