Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Monuments of a Historical Consciousness

“The awareness that they are about to make the continuum of history explode is characteristic of the revolutionary classes at the moment of their action. The great revolution introduced a new calendar. The initial day of a calendar serves as a historical time-lapse camera. And, basically, it is the same day that keeps recurring in the guise of holidays, which are days of remembrance. Thus the calendars do not measure time as clocks do; they are monuments of a historical consciousness of which not the slightest trace has been apparent in Europe in the past hundred years.” 

Walter Benjamin, Theses on the Philosophy of History, 1940
quoted in Roger Griffin, A Fascist Century, 2008

F.T. Marinetti and Thayaht

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