Some Thoughts on the Quotidien: Indeterminacy, Compressed Time, and Non-s-p-a-c-e-s
We exist…. We think…. We think we exist…. But what is the insidious strong force that provides us with intermittent and porous glimpses of our day-to-day existence; and if such a force exists, how is it encountered? Is it quantifiable, material, and so forth? Maurice Blanchot, Georges Perc, Michel Certeau, Raymond Queneau, et al. have made their vie a project, an experience (literally translated from the French, experiment), that is life is a living being, something to be encountered and endured in a panoply of ways; encountered, the quotidien confirms and alienates, flirts with determinacy and indeterminacy—the quantum mechanics of the human experience. It is not my intent to prescribe a metaphysics/aesthetics for living or offer rhetorical proofs to argue the case (what case—because the everyday can not be reduced to its contents). ‘Le quotidien: ce qu’i l ya de plus dificil a decouvrir. By use of discursive expressions (e.g., photography, biography, travel elegies, fragments, gnomes), sometimes ambiguous because the quotidien always echappe, I will probe into the enigma that is the quotidien; indeterminacy, compressed time, and non-s-p-a-c-e-s function as points of departure in my exploration.
Keywords: Quotidien, Indeterminacy, Compressed Time, Non-s-p-a-c-e-s
Dr. G.A. Powell Jr.
Independent Researcher, Writing Across Disciplines, .