The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

One of the most important works of cultural theory ever written, Walter Benjamin's groundbreaking essay explores how the age of mass media means audiences can listen to or see a work of art repeatedly – and what the troubling social and ...

Author: Walter Benjamin

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141963425

Category: Art

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One of the most important works of cultural theory ever written, Walter Benjamin's groundbreaking essay explores how the age of mass media means audiences can listen to or see a work of art repeatedly – and what the troubling social and political implications of this are. Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves – and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives – and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.

The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction An Influential Essay of Cultural Criticism The History and Theory of Art Hardcover

The notion of fine arts is threatened by an absence of scarcity; an affair which diminishes the authenticity and essence of the artist's work.

Author: Walter Benjamin

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9780359046386

Category: Art

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Walter Benjamin discusses whether art is diminished by the modern culture of mass replication, arriving at the conclusion that the aura or soul of an artwork is indeed removed by duplication. In an essay critical of modern fashion and manufacture, Benjamin decries how new technology affects art. The notion of fine arts is threatened by an absence of scarcity; an affair which diminishes the authenticity and essence of the artist's work. Though the process of art replication dates to classical antiquity, only the modern era allows for a mass quantity of prints or mass production. Given that the unique aura of an artist's work, and the reaction it provokes in those who see it, is diminished, Benjamin posits that artwork is much more political in significance. The style of modern propaganda, of the use of art for the purpose of generating raw emotion or arousing belief, is likely to become more prevalent versus the old-fashioned production of simpler beauty or meaning in a cultural or religious context.

Walter Benjamin s The Work Of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction combats traditional art criticism’s treatment of artworks as fixed, unchanging mystical objects.

Author: Rachele Dini

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 0429939957

Category: Literary Criticism

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The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction combats traditional art criticism’s treatment of artworks as fixed, unchanging mystical objects. For Walter Benjamin, the consequences of addressing a work of art in this manner have a wider resonance: closed off from any active visual or tactile engagement, the work of art becomes an object of passive contemplation and a potential tool of oppression. Benjamin argues that technology has fundamentally altered the way art is experienced. Potentially open to interpretation and accessible to many, art in the age of mechanical reproduction has the potential to be mobilized for radical purposes. While ostensibly addressing the artistic consequences of technical reproducibility on art, Benjamin also addresses the wider political consequences of this shift.

Walter Benjamin and Art

Walter Benjamin's most famous and influential essay remains The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.

Author: Andrew Benjamin

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1847144543

Category: Philosophy

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Walter Benjamin's most famous and influential essay remains The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. Walter Benjamin and the Work of Art is the first book to provide a broad and dedicated analysis of this canonical work and its effect upon core contemporary concerns in the visual arts, aesthetics and the history of philosophy. The book is structured around three distinct areas: the extension of Benjamin's work; the question of historical connection; the importance of the essay in the development of criticism of both the visual arts and literature. Contributors to the volume include major Benjamin commentators, whose work has very much defined the reception of the essay, and leading philosophers, historians and aesthetician, whose approaches open up new areas of interest and relevance.

The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility and Other Writings on Media

A series of influential essays on the visual arts that were made possible by machines, and the implications for the future of culture.

Author: Walter Benjamin

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674024458

Category: Social Science

Page: 426

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A series of influential essays on the visual arts that were made possible by machines, and the implications for the future of culture.

Illuminations

This volume includes his views on Kafka, with whom he felt a close personal affinity; his studies on Baudelaire and Proust; and his essays on Leskov and Brecht’s epic theater.

Author: Walter Benjamin

Publisher: HMH

ISBN: 0547540655

Category: Business & Economics

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Essays and reflections from one of the twentieth century’s most original cultural critics, with an introduction by Hannah Arendt. Walter Benjamin was an icon of criticism, renowned for his insight on art, literature, and philosophy. This volume includes his views on Kafka, with whom he felt a close personal affinity; his studies on Baudelaire and Proust; and his essays on Leskov and Brecht’s epic theater. Illuminations also includes his penetrating study “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction,” an enlightening discussion of translation as a literary mode; and his theses on the philosophy of history. Hannah Arendt selected the essays for this volume and introduces them with a classic essay about Benjamin’s life in a dark historical era. Leon Wieseltier’s preface explores Benjamin’s continued relevance for our times. Walter Benjamin (1892–1940) 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.​

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Absolute Music Mechanical Reproduction

Perhaps I should start with the book's title: in addressing the “problem” of art in a
time of unlimited reproducibility, my project follows directly from Walter
Benjamin's essay “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” (“Das
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Author: Arved Mark Ashby

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520264797

Category: Music

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"Arved Ashby writes with a keen sense of the historical processes, ironies, and reversals that seem to characterize the ways that musicologists think about, and contemporary listeners experience, works and performance. This book is a major contribution to the burgeoning body of critical musicological literature on recordings; anybody interested in that field, or in the question of the 'artwork' in the contemporary world, needs to read this book--which fortunately, is a great pleasure to do."--Adam Krims, author of Music and Urban Geography "The relationship between classical music and recording is strangely conflicted: on the one hand recorded music is the perfect realization of aesthetic autonomy, on the other hand it commodifies music and transforms its role within society. Ashby's book offers a penetrating analysis of these cultural conflicts, showing how technological developments from the phonogram to the mp3 have changed our basic sense of what music is as well as the ways in which we consume it. What emerges from this sustained study of the relationship between technology and values is a view of classical musical culture that is both richer and truer to life."--Nicholas Cook, author of A Guide to Musical Analysis "Lively and persuasive. Ashby has the enviable, rare ability to lead the reader comfortably through highly complex material without oversimplifying. This is a must-read for composers, music theorists, performers, musicologists, critics, and anyone with an interest in classical music beyond the elementary level."--Jonathan Dunsby, author of Performing Music

Virginia Woolf in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

THE AGE OF MECHANICAL REPRODUCTION In “The Work of Art in the Age of
Mechanical Reproduction” (1936), an essay that has become a standard of
cultural criticism and a wellspring for this collection, Walter Benjamin writes: An ...

Author: Pamela Caughie

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135650861

Category: Music

Page: 350

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First Published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Sound in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

In his reckoning , the work of art is characterized in large part by its singularity , its
provenance , and the social ritual that surrounds it , all of which add up to what he
calls aura . The aura of Western concert music , for instance , would include its ...

Author: David Suisman

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812241990

Category: History

Page: 309

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During the twentieth century sound underwent a dramatic transformation as new technologies and social practices challenged conventional aural experience. As a result, sound functioned as a means to exert social, cultural, and political power in unprecedented and unexpected ways. The fleeting nature of sound has long made it a difficult topic for historical study, but innovative scholars have recently begun to analyze the sonic traces of the past using innovative approaches. Sound in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction investigates sound as part of the social construction of historical experience and as an element of the sensory relationship people have to the world, showing how hearing and listening can inform people's feelings, ideas, decisions, and actions. The essays in Sound in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction uncover the varying dimensions of sound in twentieth-century history. Together they connect a host of disparate concerns, from issues of gender and technology to contests over intellectual property and government regulation. Topics covered range from debates over listening practices and good citizenship in the 1930s, to Tokyo Rose and Axis radio propaganda during World War II, to CB-radio culture on the freeways of Los Angeles in the 1970s. These and other studies reveal the contingent nature of aural experience and demonstrate how a better grasp of the culture of sound can enhance our understanding of the past.

Walter Benjamin

This collection of nine essays focuses on those writings of Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) on literature and language that have a direct relevance to contemporary literary theory, notably his analyses of myth, violence, history, criticism, ...

Author: David S. Ferris

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804725699

Category: Literary Criticism

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This collection of nine essays focuses on those writings of Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) on literature and language that have a direct relevance to contemporary literary theory, notably his analyses of myth, violence, history, criticism, literature, and mass media. In an introductory essay, David S. Ferris discusses the problem of history, aura, and resistance in Benjamin’s later work and in its reception. Samuel Weber, in a reading of Benjamin’s most influential essay, "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction,” analyzes the status of the image and technology in Benjamin’s own terms and in the shadow of Heidegger. Rodolphe Gasché devotes himself to an analysis of Benjamin’s dissertation on the German Romantics, providing a valuable guide to a major text that has yet to appear in English translation.

Walter Benjamin s Philosophy

This collection explores, in Adorno's description, `philosophy directed against philosophy'. The essays cover all aspects of Benjamin's writings, from his early work in the philosophy of art and language, through to the concept of history.

Author: Andrew Benjamin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134679149

Category: Philosophy

Page: 312

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This collection explores, in Adorno's description, `philosophy directed against philosophy'. The essays cover all aspects of Benjamin's writings, from his early work in the philosophy of art and language, through to the concept of history. The experience of time and the destruction of false continuity are identified as the key themes in Benjamin's understanding of history.

Music and Culture in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

At the literal and symbolic levels , Adorno treats Stravinsky ' s music as
manipulative art that encourages barbaric tendencies in ... In “ The Work of Art in
the Age of Mechanical Reproduction , ” Benjamin argues that fine art initially
found its ...

Author: Bhesham R. Sharma

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

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Category: Music

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Adorno intended The Philosophy of Modern Music to be a Flaschenpost, a message in a bottle, able to maintain its analytical rigor through time. This study shows that when one applies his insights from The Philosophy of Modern Music to present-day cultural practices, they seem more relevant than ever."--BOOK JACKET.

Walter Benjamin

This book analyses the development of Benjamin's concept of experience in his early writings showing that it emerges from an engagement with visual experience, and in particular the experience of colour.

Author: Howard Caygill

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415089593

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 165

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This book analyses the development of Benjamin's concept of experience in his early writings showing that it emerges from an engagement with visual experience, and in particular the experience of colour.

The Aura of the Word in the Early Age of Print 1450 1600

In this volume, contributors from a variety of fields look at manifestations of the early modern word (in English, French, Latin, Dutch, German and Yiddish) as entities whose significance derived not simply from their semantic meaning but ...

Author: Samuel Mareel

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351546104

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

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Did the invention of movable type change the way that the word was perceived in the early modern period? In his groundbreaking essay "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction," the cultural critic Walter Benjamin argued that reproduction drains the image of its aura, by which he means the authority that a work of art obtains from its singularity and its embeddedness in a particular context. The central question in The Aura of the Word in the Early Age of Print (1450-1600) is whether the dissemination of text through print had a similar effect on the status of the word in the early modern period. In this volume, contributors from a variety of fields look at manifestations of the early modern word (in English, French, Latin, Dutch, German and Yiddish) as entities whose significance derived not simply from their semantic meaning but also from their relationship to their material support, to the physical context in which they are located and to the act of writing itself. Rather than viewing printed text as functional and lacking in materiality, contributors focus on how the placement of a text could affect its meaning and significance. The essays also consider the continued vitality of pre-printing-press kinds of text such as the illuminated manuscript; and how new practices, such as the veneration of handwriting, sprung up in the wake of the invention of movable type.

Walter Benjamin for Children

In Walter Benjamin for Children, readers will encounter a host of intertextual surprises: an evocation of the flooding of the Mississippi informed by the argument of "The Task of the Translator"; a discussion of scams in stamp-collecting ...

Author: Jeffrey Mehlman

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226518657

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 117

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"In Walter Benjamin for Children, readers will encounter a host of intertextual surprises: an evocation of the flooding of the Mississippi informed by the argument of "The Task of the Translator"; a discussion of scams in stamp-collecting that turns into "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction"; a tale of bootlegging in the American South that converges with the best of Benjamin's forays into fiction. Mehlman superimposes a dual series of texts dealing with catastrophe, on the one hand, and fraud, on the other, and allows it to resonate with the false-messianic theology of Sabbatianism as it came to focus the attention and enthusiasm of Benjamin's friend Gershom Scholem during the same years. The radio scripts for children offer an unexpected byway, on the eve of apocalypse, into Benjamin's messianic preoccupations." "A child's garden of deconstruction, these twenty-minute talks - from the perspective of childhood, before an invisible audience, on whatever happened to cross the critic's mind - are also by their very nature the closest we may ever come to a transcript of a psychoanalysis of Walter Benjamin. Particularly alive to that circumstance, Mehlman explores the themes of the radio broadcasts and brilliantly illuminates their hidden connections to Benjamin's life and work.".

Art In The Age Of Mass Media

( This is usually translated as The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical
Reproduction ' , but a more precise version is ' The Work of Art in the Age of its
Technical Reproducibility ' ) . To summarize Benjamin's arguments : the
traditional work of art ...

Author: John A. Walker

Publisher: Westview Press

ISBN:

Category: Art

Page: 200

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The inclusion of popular culture in art, and the distinction between the two, we learn in this volume, are problems usefully approached through a careful definition of terms. Walker lays out the terms then surveys the field chronologically, beginning with Courbet and ending with Melrose Place. The third edition contains a new chapter on the art of the 1990's that includes discussion of surveillance, advertising, cinema, Damien Hirst, the Internet, and digital art. c. Book News Inc.

One Way Street and Other Writings

Also including writings on subjects ranging from Proust to Kafka, violence to surrealism, this is the essential volume on one of the most prescient critical voices of the modern age.

Author: Walter Benjamin

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141932279

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 304

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Walter Benjamin - philosopher, essayist, literary and cultural theorist - was one of the most original writers and thinkers of the twentieth century. This new selection brings together Benjamin's major works, including 'One-Way Street', his dreamlike, aphoristic observations of urban life in Weimar Germany; 'Unpacking My Library', a delightful meditation on book-collecting; the confessional 'Hashish in Marseille'; and 'The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction', his seminal essay on how technology changes the way we appreciate art. Also including writings on subjects ranging from Proust to Kafka, violence to surrealism, this is the essential volume on one of the most prescient critical voices of the modern age. Contains: 'Unpacking My Library'; 'One-Way Street'; 'The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction'; 'Brief History of Photography'; 'Hashish in Marseille'; 'On the Critique of Violence'; 'The Job of the Translator'; 'Surrealism'; 'Franz Kafka' and 'Picturing Proust'.

Benjamin s Blind Spot

Whether investigating Benjamin's first invocation of aura after experiments with hashish, or re-examining the aesthetic theories of his intellectual ally Theodor W. Adorno, or newly illuminating the poetry of Wallace Stevens, the paintings ...

Author: Lise Patt

Publisher: Institute Cultural Inquiry

ISBN: 9781889917047

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 135

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Whether investigating Benjamin's first invocation of aura after experiments with hashish, or re-examining the aesthetic theories of his intellectual ally Theodor W. Adorno, or newly illuminating the poetry of Wallace Stevens, the paintings of Jackson Pollock, and the digital "industrial" music of Coil, these essays cast a wide net."--BOOK JACKET.

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