dust gate. workshop project. hoovering up the dust of history…the phantasmagoric understanding of modernity as a chain of events that leads with unbroken, historical continuity to therealization of social utopia, a ‘heaven' of class harmony and material abundance – this conceptual constellation blocked revolutionary consciousness like an astrological force. benjamin focuses onsmall, overlooked motifs in the historical sources that explode it.where the myth imagined the force of machines as a power driving history forward, benjamin provides material evidence that history has not budged. Indeed, history stands so still, it gathers dust. the historical documents attest to it.In 1859: return from the courses de la marche: ‘the dust has surpassed all expectations. the elegant people back from the marche are practically buriedunder it, just as at pompeii; and they have to be disinterred, if not with pick axes, then at least with a brush.' dust settles over paris, stirs, and settles again. It drifts into thepassages and collects in their corners; it catches in the velvet drapes and upholstery of bourgeois parlors; it clings to the historical wax figures in the musee gravin. the fashionable trains on women's dresses sweep through dust. ‘under louis-philippe dust even spreads itself over the revolutions.’from the dialectics of seeing by susan buck-morss quoting walter benjamin's arcades project….#dust #phantasmagoria #wallterbenjamin #acadesproject #daspassagenwerk #revolution #myth #pompeii #socialutopia #history #dialecticsofseeing #susanbuckmorsssee montagecity.com

dust gate. workshop project. hoovering up the dust of history...the phantasmagoric understanding of modernity as a chain of events that leads with unbroken, historical continuity to therealization of social utopia, a ‘heaven' of class harmony and material abundance - this conceptual constellation blocked revolutionary consciousness like an astrological force. benjamin focuses onsmall, overlooked motifs in the historical sources that explode it.where the myth imagined the force of machines as a power driving history forward, benjamin provides material evidence that history has not budged. Indeed, history stands so still, it gathers dust. the historical documents attest to it.In 1859: return from the courses de la marche: ‘the dust has surpassed all expectations. the elegant people back from the marche are practically buriedunder it, just as at pompeii; and they have to be disinterred, if not with pick axes, then at least with a brush.' dust settles over paris, stirs, and settles again.  It drifts into thepassages and collects in their corners; it catches in the velvet drapes and upholstery of bourgeois parlors; it clings to the historical wax figures in the musee gravin. the fashionable trains on women's dresses sweep through dust. ‘under louis-philippe dust even spreads itself over the revolutions.’from the dialectics of seeing by susan buck-morss quoting walter benjamin's arcades project....#dust #phantasmagoria #wallterbenjamin #acadesproject #daspassagenwerk #revolution #myth #pompeii #socialutopia #history #dialecticsofseeing #susanbuckmorsssee montagecity.com