Monday, September 20, 2010

Walter Benjamin-The Work of Art in The Age of Mechanical Reproduction

  • Reproduction detaches from the domain of tradition.
  • Art has always been reproductable.
  • Mechanical reproduction of art changes the reaction of the masses toward art.
  • Technology & machanism helped destroy the aura.
  • Reproduction of art would make it political.
  • Reproduction of art changes the direct, intimate fusion of visual & emotional enjoyment of the viewer.
  • Time & space lacking in reproduction of artwork.
  • The quality or atmosphere seen in original artwork is not visible when it is reproduced.
  • Quanity vs. quality
  • Reproduction creates a demand for the masses.
  • Photography is slowly distroying aura.
  1. Why, in some sense, does politics control art?
  2. How are we, as a society going to revive aura?
  3. Are we so visually stimulated everyday by colors/pictures/film/shapes that we are loosing touch with time & space?

This essay does relate to my work because in my paintings i saturate the viewers emotions with the images that i create to remind them of a certain time & space in the viewers life.

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