The Everyday and Everydayness

Autor Julie Mehretu, Henri Lefebvre
en Limba Engleză Paperback – 8 iul 2021
'The character of the everyday has always been repetitive and veiled by obsession and fear', wrote Henri Lefebvre in 1987. Drawing on his mid-twentieth century 'critique of everyday life', a monumental contribution to social thought, 'The Everyday and Everydayness' takes seriously the everyday as a structure imposed upon all of life in the context of the 'modern'. At a moment of enforced reflection on the everyday, revered contemporary artist Julie Mehretu re-examines and responds to Lefebvre's text, bringing to bear on it her own longstanding fascination with questions of time, space and place. Mehretu's mastery in interrogating these concepts collides with Lefebvre's work in surprising ways that vindicate and invigorate this radical, rich and prescient text in the present.
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ISBN-13: 9783960989028
ISBN-10: 3960989024
Pagini: 64
Ilustrații: 24 Illustrations, unspecified
Dimensiuni: 150 x 210 x 6 mm
Greutate: 0.16 kg
Editura: König, Walther


A new, affordable edition of French Marxist and proto-Situationist Henri Lefebvre's classic text on the everyday, illustrated by Julie Mehretu

The work of French Marxist sociologist and philosopher Henri Lefebvre radically transformed the discourse of political geography. Witness to the rapid urbanization of the 20th century, Lefebvre conceptualized public space as socially produced--a mirror image of capitalist ideology--and levied a humanitarian slogan in response: "the right to the city," a notion that has energized the thought of leading American geographers such as David Harvey and Edward Soja. Lefebvre also worked closely with the Situationist International, collaborating with them on urban experiments in the '50s and '60s. Arguably his greatest legacy, however, is his theory of "the everyday"--a topic he returned to throughout his life, culminating in his three-volume magnum opus, The Critique of Everyday Life. Like public space, Lefebvre argued, the everyday is a social structure concurrent with modernity: "the everyday is a product, the most general of products in an era where production engenders consumption."
In this edition of Lefebvre's classic but largely unavailable text, New York-based artist Julie Mehretu responds to Lefebvre's 1987 essay, reflecting upon its implications during a time when conceptions of "the everyday" are both heightened and obscured. She identifies thematic connections between his text and her own work, casting into relief the enduring relevance of Lefebvre's consideration of time, space and place.
An immensely prolific author, Henri Lefebvre (1901-91) is best known for his books Critique of Everyday Life (1947-81), The Production of Space (1974) and The Urban Revolution (1970).

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Julie Mehretu is an American contemporary visual artist, known for her multi-layered paintings of abstracted landscapes on a large scale. Her paintings, drawings, and prints depict the cumulative effects of urban socio-political changes. Henri Lefebvre was a French Marxist philosopher and sociologist, best known for pioneering the critique of everyday life, for introducing the concepts of the right to the city and the production of social space, and for his work on dialectics, alienation, and criticism of Stalinism, existentialism, and structuralism.