Critical Image/Imagingge Critiqueo Georges Didi-Huberman translated by Chris Miller Chris Miller rman Critical Image/Imaging Critique Georges Didi-Huberman and translated by Chris Miller In any language, giving thanks is the most obvious thing imaginable. If you 1. Speech delivered on receiving the Theodor W. Adorno Prize, 11 September 2015 at Frankfurt- learn just one expression in a foreign language, it has to be ‘thank you’. And so, am-Main. here in front of you all, I can only say, first and foremost, danke, vielen Dank, 2. Walter Benjamin, ‘Theses on the Philosophy of danke scho¨n, recht herzlichen Dank. Saying ‘thank you’ is ‘the least one can do’, History’, VI, in Illuminations, trans. Harry Zohn French courtesy proverbially tells us – the least one can ethically do. It is also, (London: Fontana/Collins, 1982), p. 247. at a personal level, the most emotional way of registering one’s gratitude. But it is, in another respect, the least obvious thing imaginable; nothing is more difficult to convey and communicate fully because nothing is more likely to be fossilised, encysted in conformism. And conformity is not the same thing as courtesy. A prize-giving ceremony is, for instance, just such a situation as might throw up conventional
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Published: Aug 1, 2017
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