Repetition--even in its most mechanical, quotidian, habitual, stereotypical forms--has a place within art.... For the only esthetic problem is how to insert art into everyday life. The more our daily life appears standardized, stereotyped, submitted to the accelerated reproduction of consumer goods, the more art must become part of life and rescue from it that small difference which operates between levels of repetition...so that, in the end, Difference can express itself...even if it's only in the form of a contradiction here or there, thereby liberating the forces needed to destroy this world.
--Gilles Deleuze, Répétition et différence (Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1968); quoted and translated in Craig Owens, "Allan McCollum," Beyond Recognition: Representation, Power, and Culture (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992): 120.PHOTO: Hanne Darboven, Birthday Gift, Esquire Daily Planner 1987, 1986 (detail).
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