The Everyday: Wandering, Wondering. Re-Positioning Architecture, Spectacle and Everyday Life

Walking the City

The ordinary becomes beautiful as a trace of the true. And the ordinary becomes a trace of
the true if it is torn from its obviousness in order to become a hieroglyph (Jacques Rancière1)
How can the ordinary, or the everyday be torn from its obviousness? A tearing-from
as an aggressive act in Rancière´s sense: let us tentatively place this gesture in a
relation of comparison to the kind of “poaching” within the everyday which Michel De
Certeau advocates. De Certeau describes the practice of walking the city as a
deviant usage, out of which a changed understanding of cities becomes possible: if
city walking is itself poached and approached not pragmatically, for the purpose of
reaching a goal, but rather by way of immersion and intentional dérive, then everyday
practices turn into innovative forces of production. …

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The Everyday: Wandering, Wondering. Re-Positioning Architecture, Spectacle and Everyday Life
Gabu Heindl, in:
Markus Bogensberger, Gabu Heindl (Eds.): Position Alltag. Architecture in the Context of Everyday Life, Graz: HDA Verlag, 2009, p. 10-26