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No Large Contexts

Posted by matt on 12 November 2009

From Williamsburg Bridge (Hopper 1928)

From Williamsburg Bridge (Hopper 1928)

The true method of making things present is to represent them in our space (not to represent ourselves in their space). (The collector does just this, and so does the anecdote.) Thus represented, the things allow no mediating construction from out of ‘large contexts.’  The same method applies, in essence, to the consideration of great things from the past–the Cathedral of Chartres, the temple of Paestum–when, that is, a favorable prospect presents itself: the method of receiving things into our space.  We don’t displace our beings into theirs; they step into our life.

Walter Benjamin, The Arcades Project (p. 206)

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