Palimpsests: 2701 Arsenal Street

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Palimpsests.

The city as dreamer of its own history.

So many meanings lost in the layers.

Layer upon layer of the past, inarticulated but felt.

Dreams and ghosts of the past, bleeding one into the other.

Shades that clutch at the heart of the urban roamer, le flâneur, stopping him in his tracks.

“At streetcorners, before housefronts and shopfronts, in proximity to particular doorways, particular stretches of cobblestone, particular entrances to the catacombs, particular cafés and cabarets, he experiences an uncanny thickening and layering of phenomena, an effect of superimposition, in which remembered events or habitations show through the present time and place, which have suddenly become transparent, just as in film an image may bleed through one or more simultaneously perceptible, interarticulated images in multiple exposure. It is a dreamlike effect, with the moving imagery characteristically yielding, in the flâneur’s case, a “felt knowledge” that is not yet conceptual.”

–Howard Eiland, “Superimposition in Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project”

(This is a project that I have been ruminating over for a couple of years.  I owe many thanks to Timothy Moss, fellow flâneur from the other side of the world, for the impetus to finally get this under way.  I strongly encourage you to stroll amongst his truly phenomenal images here.  His is the eye of “an intensely heightened kind of receptivity” and makes my eye look like mud.)

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10 thoughts on “Palimpsests: 2701 Arsenal Street

  1. The project was taking its time, and here it is – image, poem, quote, all intertwined perfectly. (And I do know and admire Tim’s work, too). I’m trying to get back to looking at blogs but I’ve missed so much –

    • tHank You Lynn. There are many more to come, both that I have already in my archives and that I have yet to find. I continue to discover more and more instances all the time but am unable to take my camera about with me as I once did. I do not always have a secure place to keep it. I have been writing down addresses and intersections to revisit later.

      More to come….

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