they were seers

The fact is that, in Europe, the post-war period has greatly increased the situations which we no longer know how to react to, in spaces which we no longer know how to describe. These were 'any-spaces-whatever', deserted but inhabited, disused warehouses, waste ground, cities in the course of demolition or reconstruction. And in these any-spaces-whatever a new race of characters was stirring, kind of mutant: they saw rather than acted, they were seers.

Deleuze, G (1989) Cinema 2: The Time-Image (trans. Tomlinson, H and Galeta, R) Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press p.xi