More Everyday

Considered in their specialization and technicality, superior activities leave a ‘technical vacuum’ between one another which is filled up by everyday life. Everyday life is profoundly related to all activities, and encompasses them with all their differences and their conflicts; it is their meeting place, their bond, their common ground. And it is in everyday life that the sum total of relations which make the human — and every human being — a whole takes its shape and its form. In it are expressed and fulfilled those relations which bring into play the totality of the real, albeit in a certain manner which is always partial and incomplete: friendship, comradeship, love, the need to communicate, play, etc.

— Henri Lefebvre, Critique of Everyday Life

[Everyday life is a concept] some people are averse to confronting because it . . . represents the standpoint of totality; it would imply the necessity of an integral political judgment. . . . Everyday life is the measure of all things: of the fulfillment or rather the nonfulfillment of human relations; of the use of lived time; of artistic experimentation; of revolutionary politics.

— Guy Debord, “Perspectives for Conscious Alterations in Everyday Life”

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