Birth of Walter Benjamin — Trあnslator’s magazine

On this day in 1892, German philosopher Walter Benjamin was born, a man of words whose life was devoted to writing and philosophy after being rejected by the German Army due to incompetence. Best known for his essay writing and literary criticism, he was a translator of French authors such as Charles Baudelaire and Marcel […]


Birth of Walter Benjamin — Trあnslator’s magazine

Reading notes: ‘Ectoplasm: photography in the digital age’ by Geoffrey Batchen — Digital Image and Culture

Reading notes Cambridge dictionary: Ectoplasm = a substance that is believed to surround ghosts and other creatures that are connected with spiritual activities Oxford dictionary: Ectoplasm = a substance that is said to come from the body of somebody who is communicating with the spirit of a dead person, allowing the spirit to have a form […]

via Reading notes: ‘Ectoplasm: photography in the digital age’ by Geoffrey Batchen — Digital Image and Culture

flâneur — Liminal Narratives

In airport, we looked at how Augé’s non-places are maybe not so ‘non’. They are places not merely of circulation, communication and consumption but creativity too. This suggests perhaps a further liminal characteristic of non-places – their identity is not merely singular but multiple; and these identities blur. It is a view proposed by Peter Merriman in […]

via flâneur — Liminal Narratives

Another World — cakeordeathsite

One of the acknowledged precursors of Surrealism, the work of French caricaturist J.J Grandville was featured in Documents magazine and is discussed at length in Walter Benjamin’s vast and fragmentary study of the urban redevelopment of Paris by Baron Haussmann, The Arcades Project (Passagen-Werk). He rose to fame in 1828 with Les Métamorphoses du jour, a book with […]

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The Flâneur: A Film about Walter Benjamin

Shot on location in Paris by Danish film Director Torben Skjødt Jensen, this highly atmospheric and engaging film as written and narrated by Ulf Peter Hallberg, provides an overview of Walter Benjamin’s life and work as well as some fabulous images of the Paris arcades.

Originally posted on YouTube by Jo Takahashi

… The modern age, Benjamin suggests, is defined by this sense of the precariousness of the past. Where history and tradition were once things to be handed down, generation by generation, they are now fleeting presences, which must be trapped in the same way birds or ghosts are trapped—deviously, by sideways approaches. “To articulate the past historically does not mean to recognise it ‘the way it really was,’ ” he writes. “It means to seize hold of a memory as it flashes up at a moment of danger.” …

– From Walter Benjamin’s genius for surreal visions by Adam Kirsch as found at:



Benjamin’s Parisian Passages

I have a distant recollection of walking all the way from the Gare du Nord to lunch in the Café Marly by way of the nineteenth-century arcades so beloved of Walter Benjamin. I tried to reconstruct this journey in reverse, starting in the Galerie Vivienne not far from Adrien Gardère’s office:-

A fabulous piece of flânerie and visual tour of Benjamin’s Passages by Charles Robert Saumarez Smith via Passages — | Charles | Saumarez | Smith |