Walter Benjamin–The Arcades Project

“Our waking existence likewise is a land which, at certain hidden points, leads down into the underworld–a land full of inconspicuous places from which dreams arise.  All day long, suspecting nothing, we pass them by, but no sooner has sleep come than we are eagerly groping our way back to lose ourselves in the dark corridors.  By day, the labyrinth of urban dwellings resembles consciousness; the arcades (which are galleries leading into the city’s past) issue unremarked into the streets.  At night, however, under the tenebrous mass of the houses, their denser darkness protrudes like a threat, and the nocturnal pedestrian hurries past–unless, that is, we have emboldened him to turn into the narrow lane.”

–Walter Benjamin, Arcades Project

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~ by dblomenb on August 3, 2012.

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