Saturday, February 12, 2005

The potential and the actual

Bruegel, The Fight between Carnival and Lent, 1559

Pieter Bruegel, The Fight between Carnival and Lent, 1559

This is also the fight between the everyday and the carnivalesque, between the potential and the actual. Bahktin has been criticised for putting too much faith in the transformative power of the carnival, mostly because it is produced within the world it seeks to change.

But what if we reframe our sense of everyday life? What do we need to move from the abstract to the probable? Rob says performative relations play out between the ideal and the actual, and representative relations play out between the possible and the real. Where is everyday life? Or ordinariness?

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