Anne Waldman – « How is one contemporary with one’s time? »

Décidément, le texte d’Agamben n’en finit pas de faire des émules. Dernière en date, la poétesse états-unienne Anne Waldman donnera une conférence le samedi 3 mai 2014 à 15h, à la Coupole, Parc de la ligue arabe, Casablanca.

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Voici la présentation qu’elle en fait:

« In Georgio Agamben’s description the contemporary is the person who perceives the darkness of his time as something that concerns him/her, as something that never ceases to engage him. Darkness is something turns directly towards him. The contemporary is the one whose eyes are struck by the darkness that comes from his own time. Agamben discourses on how the neurophysiology of vision – absence of light activates a series of peripheral cells in the retina called off cells. And when activated these cells produce the particular kind of vision we call darkness. Darkness is not a privative notion but rather the result of the off cells, a product of our own retina.

Also in an expanding universe the most remote galaxies move away from us at a speed so great that their lights is never able to reach us. What we perceive as the darkness of the heavens is this light that, though traveling toward us, cannot reach us, since the galaxies from which the light originates move away from us at a velocity greater than the speed of light. To perceive in this darkness of the present this light that tries to reach us but cannot this is what it means to be contemporary. »


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