The contemporaneous flanerie



contemporary flaneur paris
The Kieslowski's real world

A table, a cup over this table, a woman looks the raindrops outside the window. Then, an old woman tirelessly tries to put the trash into the garbage collector. The Polish movie director Kieslowski was a genius in turning trivial instants into poetry. Finding art in triviality makes art closer to quotidian and makes life less difficult to be lived. The writer Brissac Peixoto discusses about this theme in his book "Paisagem Urbana". Brissac defends the art arisen from the moment, the stare at something banal turning it into art -- and only the instant in the middle of the contemporaneity's paranoia can put the sceneries in relief.

In the 19th century, flâneur was that one who observed without being observed at the heart of the Parisian galleries. The urban man, who noticed the daily facts, the dazzling before modernity, and frequently this man was the writer or the photographer, that one who emerged from great European cities, like Paris.

The look in our contemporaneity has been discussed by several authors. There are other subjects inevitably related to it, like the imagination. The man's perspective about the world he lives in always was the link to his ability for representing and creating symbols. In our days, authors like Brissac Peixoto believe the problems concerning about the look in our contemporary world are related to trivializing images in haste, as he says: "We live in the over-exposition and obscenity universe, impregnated of clichés, where trivializing and discardment of things and images were taken to the highest level".

The contemporaneous look is a result of a context formed by a bunch of transformations which culminates in a society used to immediacy. The images which are sent via cell phone, the digital photography machines and the Internet are undeniable elements of evolution and transformation. In visual arts, the artist begins to understand and connect with these new media, like the 19th century painter, who found himself obliged to change his kind of look because of photography's arrival. The nowadays artist lives inside a context where he searches, often unintentionally, for new perspectives -- which surely will create new ways of imagination.

In order to better elucidate the look-and-imagination theme, linked to contemporaneity, the second part of this article will publish the interview with the journalist and photographer Eder Chiodetto

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