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Jim Holland

Cape Cod

1980–2020

Despite massive development of the means of communication, the everyday escapes. This is its definition. We cannot help but miss it if we seek it through knowledge, for it belongs to a region where there is still nothing to know, just as it is prior to all relation insofar as it has always already been said, even while remaining unformulated, that is to say, not yet information. It is not the implicit (of which phenomenology has made broad use); to be sure, it is always already there, but that it may be there does not guarantee its actualization. On the contrary, the everyday is always unrealized in its very actualization which no event, however important or however insignificant, can ever produce. Nothing happens; this is the everyday. But what is the meaning of this stationary movement? At what level is this “nothing happens” situated? For whom does “nothing happen” if, for me, something is necessarily always happening? In other words, what corresponds to the “who? ” of the everyday? And, at the same time, why, in this “nothing happens,” is there the affirmation that something essential might be allowed to happen?

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Boredom is the everyday become manifest: as a consequence of having lost its essential — constitutive — trait of being unperceived. Thus the daily always sends us back to that inapparent and nonetheless unhidden part of existence: insignificant because always before what signifies it; silent, but with a silence that has already dissipated as soon as we keep still in order to hear it, and that we hear better in idle chatter, in that unspeaking speech that is the soft human murmuring in us and around us.

Cape Cod
Skaket Skies Clearing
Cape Cod
Autumn River
Cape Cod
Chilmark Afternoon
Cape Cod
Road to Cold Storage Beach
Cape Cod
Seashore Shadows
Cape Cod
Wellfleet Sunset
Cape Cod
Marsh Dock
Cape Cod
To the Beach
Cape Cod
Laundry Day
Cape Cod
Days’ Before Summer
Cape Cod
Jenkin’s Barns
Cape Cod
Zinnia
Cape Cod
Top of the Hill
Cape Cod
Dune Shack Afternoon
Cape Cod
Shore Road
Cape Cod
Summer’s Coming
Cape Cod
Cottage on the Bluff
Cape Cod
Arbutus
Cape Cod
Jetty
Cape Cod
Beach Camps
41°40'48.0"N 70°12'00.0"W

Location: Cape Cod MA, USA
Movement: Figurative

Text: Maurice Blanchot, Everyday Speech, 1959


Posted: March 2021
Category: Painting

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