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The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction By Walter Benjamin 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
  • Title: The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
  • Author: Walter Benjamin
  • ISBN: 9781453722480
  • Page: 298
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction By Walter Benjamin 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 essaBenjamin 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.
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    1. Walter Benjamin

      Walter Bendix Sch nflies Benjamin was a German Jewish Marxist literary critic, essayist, translator, and philosopher He was at times associated with the Frankfurt School of critical theory and was also greatly inspired by the Marxism of Bertolt Brecht and Jewish mysticism as presented by Gershom Scholem.As a sociological and cultural critic, Benjamin combined ideas drawn from historical materialism, German idealism, and Jewish mysticism in a body of work which was a novel contribution to western philosophy, Marxism, and aesthetic theory As a literary scholar, he translated the Tableaux Parisiens edition of Baudelaire s Les Fleurs du mal as well as Proust s In Search of Lost Time His work is widely cited in academic and literary studies, in particular his essays The Task of the Translator and The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction Influenced by Bachofen, Benjamin gave the name auratic perception to the aesthetic faculty through which civilization would recover a lost appreciation of myth.

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    1. 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, howev [...]


    2. 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 A [...]


    3. Paul Klee, Angelus Novus This 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 Paradise it has got caught in his wings with such violence that the angel can no longer close them The storm irresistibly propels him into [...]


    4. An important reading on film theory to understand the nature of transformation in modern art due to the introduction of capitalism


    5. 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 me [...]



    6. Point de vue int ressant par rapport la p riode durant laquelle ce livre a t crit d but XX me.Une remise en question de notre approche l oeuvre d art suite l arriv e de la photographie, puis du cin ma, transformant l art alors r serv une petite lite intellectuelle en une industrie destin e aux masses et vid e de son aura par le progr s technique Un bon d but de r flexion sur la place de l art dans la soci t , malheureusement beaucoup trop court mais invitant le lecteur approfondir le sujet NB pe [...]


    7. 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 changes in how we look at an object or work of art.Also included are essays on Kafka and Proust Both are excellent.


    8. This volume features three of Benjamin s essays, packed with insightful critical writing that reminds me of Kaufmann Shakespeare to Existentialism or careful Sontag On Photography or my sister s writing Here is Benjamin in the title essay, The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, which oddly ends up discussing fascism Fascism seeks to organize the newly emergent proletarianized masses without touching the property relations that those masses are so urgently trying to abolish Fascis [...]


    9. I bought this book for the titular essay, but stayed for the Kafka I ve come across references to Walter Benjamin in myriad sources, but mainly for The Arcade Project But in the last half of 2011 I kept coming across the titular essay contained in this collection As a cartoonist, the concept of reproduction is nearly always at the forefront of cartooning thought and theory that and alternatives to banana peels so I snapped this little volume up I found the essay on mechanical reproduction evocat [...]


    10. I won t say much that can contribute to the mass of reviews of these short book Just to justify my rating Benjamin s a smart chap, maybe a bit too smart sometimes, and this essay is equally as apt now as it was when it was written However, there s something I find, personally, about his writing style that just sends me to sleep He waffles around the point, and by the time he s actually made it I ve lost all interest, and going back to re read passages seems to get me no closer to achieving a suc [...]


    11. One of the foremost tasks of art has always been the creation of a demand which could be fully satisfied only later The history of every art form shows critical epochs in which a certain art form aspires to effects which could be fully obtained only with a changed technical standard, that is to say, in a new art form The extravagances and crudities of art which thus appear, particularly in the so called decadent epochs, actually arise from the nucleus of its richest historical energies In recent [...]


    12. This is a provocative essay on the changing nature of art in western society Benjamin points out that the changes in class structure from the 19th to 20th century gave birth to an art form for the masses, film the spectator doesn t need to be literate or have access to paintings or sculptures The essay left me wondering what Benjamin would think of our current age of digital social media and instant reproducible imagery where everyone is a filmmaker, photographer, writer, etc.As for the essay on [...]


    13. An extremely prophetic essay by a great writer, tends to loose me when talking of an aestheticization of war like a Futurist, but again, sadly is prophetic about this too.


    14. obviously a gr8 thesis but o god this gets redundant and incomprehensible after a few pages thnk god its short


    15. Me deb a este libro Desde hace a os Me lo deb a a mi adolescencia Me lo deb a a mis 17 a os, circundada por el sin fin de pasillos de la escuela publica, arrastrando tras de mi todo aquel material fragmentario, toda aquella idealidad por buscar lo irreproducible, por buscar cierta aura que escapase del aqu ahora, que condesase mas que el presente en su representaci n Hoy lo le de corrido, pero sin dejar de prestarle la atenci n merecida, sin dejar de impresionarme acerca de su actualidad En la y [...]


    16. Walter Benedix Sch nflies Benjamin nasceu no seio de uma fam lia judaica em Berlim em Junho de 1892 e morreu em Portbou a 27 de Setembro de 1940 Em 1915, conhece Gerschom Gerhard Scholem de quem se torna muito pr ximo e com quem toma o gosto pela arte e pela religi o judaica que estudavam Em 1919 defende a tese de doutoramento, A Critica de Arte no Romantismo Alem o Em 1925 constatou que a vida acad mica estava fechada para si, porque a sua tese de livre doc ncia A Origem do Drama Barroco Alem o [...]


    17. Ettersom kunsten som vi idag har f tt mulighet til v re vitner til produseres p vegne av det som egner seg best til dets reproduksjon via markedet, istedenfor v re produsert som et genialt uttrykk, har auraen som er det som forsvinner ettersom kunsten er i stand til reproduseres forsvunnet mer og mer Resultatet av dette er at kunsten ikke lenger blir et objekt for leting etter subjektets indre forst else av verden og seg selv, men heller blitt noe man holder seg ved siden det appellerer til egoe [...]


    18. Se les llama vates a quienes tienen la claridad de esp ritu suficiente para condensar, en un frame del pensamiento humano, un todo bajo el hilo que atraviesa al futuro y al pasado con el presente Benjamin disecciona las condiciones de las percepci n en su poca en comparaci n con el pasado y vaticina, con una lucidez tan extraordinaria que resulta escalofriante, las condiciones est ticas contempor neas La idea central es que la separaci n de la funci n ritual del arte, por medio de la reproductib [...]


    19. Libro esencial para poder comprender c mo la t cnica configura el arte y, en extensi n, al propio ser humano Benjamin distingue entre dos tipos de artes, uno presencial, experimental donde la experiencia es inexcusable , y donde el t rmino aura es esencial, y otro, moderno a os 20 30 , democr tico y con gran capacidad de difusi n, pero que no tiene aura Buah Una pasada Me flip tanto este libro que intent reescribirlo en la poca de internet y termin haciendo el TFG de periodismo sobre este tema, [...]


    20. I ve only read the article that this book is named after, and it might be my favorite philosophical essay that I have ever read The way and method of analysis, though seems generally arbitrary for my own taste is, is beautiful, easy to follow, and with clear examples The whole essay flows Generally, it discusses the effect of postmodernity, capitalism, fascism, and technology on art and aesthetics A must read if you re interested in art and architectural theory.


    21. Lecture tr s int ressante, tr s fatigante, un peu lassante Le sujet est excellemment trait mais l oeuvre est trop inscrite dans son contexte l mergence de la photo et du cin ma ce qui la rend quelque peu obsol te Une lecture assidue et attentive m a t n cessaire pour saisir et assimiler les propos tenus par l auteur.


    22. I liked how this book explains from the perspective of history and the passage of time how the perception of art and our attitude towards it has both changed and even digressed in the age of technology.







    23. Benjamin s essay is certainly not an easy or particularly enjoyable read for the non specialist, whilst some of the ideas were hugely influential, I found his writing style difficult to follow, there didn t seem to be a sustained argument on anything, he jumps around a lot and spent a great deal of time reflecting on the relatively novel invention of cinema It should be noted that this is very much a Marxist analysis which definitely does bury some of the ideas on visual arts For the modern non [...]


    24. Interesting ideas, requires concentration I shouldn t have picked this one to read on the subway.Quick read, give it a try.


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