On the importance of the everyday
Why do I care? Does it even matter if I care? Why should anyone care? Isn't it just an easy way out of not thinking about the bigger picture of Life?
Actually, I think paying attention to the everyday does matter. The everyday shows us that nothing is certain, clear, unambiguous, capable of perfect categorisation and labelling. The everyday is about ambiguity, ambivalence, uncertainty, chance, individuals marking their passage through life in their own way unnoticed and unmediated by commentators anxious to identify only the big stuff for classification and boxing up for easy consumption.
...the critique of everyday life turns and accuses history insofar as it is a mere series of faits accomplis and insofar as it is history which has reduced the everyday to the state in which we find it...
...the everyday exists through the practices that constitute it, the ways in which time and space are appropriated by human subjects and converted into physical traces, narratives and histories...