I’ve just posted about ‘the fantasy of cultural history’ and cultural materialism on the arcades/promenades blog. Wesley has also posted a photo-essay that takes its cue from Brighton’s promenade.
“…fashion…this semblance of the new is reflected, like one mirror in another, in the semblance of the ever recurrent. The product of this reflection is the phantasmagoria of “cultural history” in which the bourgeoisie enjoys its false consciousness to the full.” (Benjamin 2002: 11)
The arcades/promenades blog is a representation of our attempt to grapple with the meanings and practices of the seaside promenade through the lens of Walter Benjamin’s ‘Arcades Project’