The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction Benjamin S Famous Work Of Art Essay Sets Out His Boldest Thoughts On Media And On Culture In General In Their Most Realized Form, While Retaining An Edge That Gets Under The Skin Of Everyone Who Reads It In This Essay The Visual Arts Of The Machine Age Morph Into Literature And Theory And Then Back Again To Images, Gestures, And Thought.This Book Contains Only This Essay. One of the most influential essays on art and aesthetics in the twentieth century, Walter Benjamin s The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, written in 1935, points out how works of art are diminished by mechanical reproduction To share a modest taste of the great German philosopher s thinking outlined in this influential essay, here are a number of quotes along with my comments In principle a work of art has always been reproducible Mechanical reproduction of a work of art, h One of the most influential essays on art and aesthetics in the twentieth century, Walter Benjamin s The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, written in 1935, points out how works of art are diminished by mechanical reproduction To share a modest taste of the great German philosopher s thinking outlined in this influential essay, here are a number of quotes along with my comments In principle a work of art has always been reproducible Mechanical reproduction of a work of art, however, represents something new Benjamin is speaking of film and magazines Of course, the reproduction of works of
I m a mild mannered guy, passionately mild mannered I should say, as I m not very demonstrative, rarely boiling, but always at a simmer And I m not boiling now, but I am annoyed, vaguely so, and I m looking for some help to specify my annoyance, or refute it.This past Saturday night I was at a party and this relatively new store, or boutique, in Philadelphia kept coming up as a topic of conversation The name of this boutique is Art in the Age, which in its fullness reveals itself as Art in the I m a mild mannered guy, passionately mild mannered I should say, as I m not very demonstrative, rarely boiling, but always at a simmer And I m not boiling now, but I am annoyed, vaguely so, and I m looking for some help to specify my annoyance, or refute it.This past Saturday night I was at a party and this relatively new store, or boutique, in Philadelphia kept coming up as a topic of conversation The name of this boutique is Art in the Age, which in its fullness reveals itself as Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction Without even getting into what they sell, I have a problem right here, in this place s very name I have a problem with books whose titles specifically reference other,famous, andthan likely better, books but to find out that a store specifically references a famous essay, an essay that has considerable intellectual hipster not to say pretentious cachet, nearly shatt
Paul Klee, Angelus NovusThis is how one pictures the angel of history His face is turned toward the past Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage upon wreckage and hurls it in front of his feet The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed But a storm is blowing from Para
This slim which takes less than two hours to read was enjoyable but left me feeling that I had not been properly introduced to the legendary Marxist literary critic who died tragically in 1940 fleeing from Nazi German In all it contains a mere three essays The most substantial is The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Production Benjamin arguesd that art produced mechanically could not adequately fill the traditional magic and subsequently religious role of art by virtue of the fact that This slim which takes less than two hours to read was enjoyable but left me feeling that I had not been properly introduced to the legendary Marxist literary critic who died tragically in 1940 fleeing from Nazi German In all it contains a mere three essays The most substantial is The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Production Benjamin arguesd that art produced mechanically could not adequately fill the traditional magic and subsequently religious role of art by virtue of the fact that the
An important reading on film theory to understand the nature of transformation in modern art due to the introduction of capitalism Walter Benjamin, desde su perspectiva un tanto clasista en mi opini n , que ten a en 1936, analiza como la aparici n de la fotograf a y el cine cambi la manera de percibir y consumir el arte desde mediados del XIX.El arte en un principio ten a un fin ritual, de hecho, gran parte de las obras que se hac an antes de la invenci n de medios de exhibici n como museos, o medios de producci n de copias como la imprenta y especialmente la fotograf a y el cine, ten an como fin permanecer ocultas, o al Walter Benjamin, desde su perspectiva un tanto clasista en mi opini n , que ten a en 1936, analiza como la aparici n de la fotograf a y el cine cambi la manera de percibir y consumir el arte desde mediados del XIX.El arte en un principio ten a un fin ritual, de hecho, gran parte de las obras que se hac an antes de la invenci n de medios de exhibici n como museos, o medios de producci n de copias como la imprenta y especialmente la fotograf a y el cine, ten an como fin permanecer ocul
This book wasn t what I expected but it still was an interesting read Perfect size for the airplane trip One of the Penguin Great Ideas series, this beautifully designed little edition of a new translation of Benjamin s classic essay on the nature of reproduction of images art film and what it mean aesthetically as well as culture ch
Art is either for the cult, or for exhibition One implies a religious aura, the other suggests a political intention Before the age of mechanical reproduction, art wasor less for the cult surrounding it, ie it had some sort of sacrosanct essence But when the work of art becomes merely another commodity, eyed by the masses, and ceasing to have a physical history, you lose that precious uniqueness and aura surrounding it This is specifically the case with paintings and books Film, Art is either for the cult, or for exhibition One implies a religious aura, the other suggests a political intention Before the age of mechanical reproduction, art wasor less for the cult surrounding it, ie it had some sort of sacrosanct essence But when the work of art becomes merely another commodity, eyed by the masses, and ceasing to have a physical history, you lose that precious uniqueness and aura surrounding it This is specifically the case with paintings and books Film, a main topic in the essay, is another matter altogether The artificial and standardized voyeurism the carefully hidden productive and mechanical apparatuses of the movie set the quickly moving scenes suppressing contemplation all these are essential elements of the movie experience It s obviously not a good thing to Benjamin, but it is what it is Commodify everything, appeal to the broadest consumer base
A nice book containing three essays by Walter Benjamin, The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction , Franz Kafka On the Tenth Anniversary of His Death and The Image of Proust The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction is the most interesting, probably, since it offers one of the first accounts of the rationalisation that mechanical reproduction strips the aura away from some works of art by failing to

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  • The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
  • Walter Benjamin
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  • 27 May 2017
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