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

Page: 128

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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.

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

Page: 112

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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.

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.

Walter Benjamin and Art

AGE. OF. ONTOLOGICAL. SPECULATION: WALTER. BENJAMIN. REVISITED.
ARNE MELBERG The work in question here is Benjamin's much-read treatise, “
The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction'. Is it still as pertinent now
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Author: Andrew Benjamin

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1847144543

Category: Philosophy

Page: 272

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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.

Marxism and Art

BENJAMIN: THE WORK OF ART IN THE AGE OF MECHANICAL
REPRODUCTION from The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
Our fine arts were developed, their types and uses were established, in times
very different from ...

Author: Bela Balazs

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 9780814316214

Category: Art

Page: 649

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Marxism and Art is a collection of basic readings in Marxist criticism and aesthetics.

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

Page: 288

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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.​

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.

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
 ...

Author: Arved Mark Ashby

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520264797

Category: Music

Page: 317

View: 535

"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

Visual Culture Experiences in visual culture

129 THE WORK OF ART IN THE AGE OF MECHANICAL REPRODUCTION
Walter Benjamin Source : H . Arendt ( ed . ) , Illuminations , H . Zohn ( trans . ) .
London : NLB , 1973 [ 1936 ] , pp . 217 – 242 . Our fine arts were developed ,
their types ...

Author: Joanne Morra

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780415326452

Category: Art and society

Page: 456

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Modern Art and Modernism

33 The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction Walter Benjamin In
principle a work of art has always been reproducible . Man - made artifacts could
always be imitated by men . Replicas were made by pupils in practice of their
craft ...

Author: Francis Frascina

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781853960321

Category: Design

Page: 336

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Modern Art and Modernism offers first-hand material for the study of issues central to the development of modern art, its theory and criticism. The history of modern art is not simply a history of works of art, it is also a history of ideas and interpretations. The works of critics and theorists have not merely been influential in deciding how modern art is to be seen and understood, they have also influenced the course it has taken. The nature of modern art cannot be understood without some analysis of the concept of Modernism itself. Modern Art and Modernism presents a selection of texts by the major contributors to debate on this subject, from Baudelaire to Zola in the 19th century to Greenburg and T J Clark on our own times. It offers a balanced selection of essays by contributors to the mainstream of Modernist criticism, representative examples of writing on the themes of abstraction and expressionism in modern art, and a number of important contributions to the discussion of aesthetics and the social role of the artist.

Digital Material

Artists, from the prehistoric painters who engraved and painted figures on cave
walls to new media artists whose work ... My point of departure will be Walter
Benjamin's 'The work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction', first published
in ...

Author: Marianne van den Boomen

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

ISBN: 9089640681

Category: Social Science

Page: 303

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This is a compelling study of the often controversial role and meaning of the new media and digital cultures in contemporary society. Three decades of societal and cultural alignment of new media yielded to a host of innovations, trials, and problems, accompanied by versatile popular and academic discourse. "New Media Studies" crystallized internationally into an established academic discipline, which begs the question: where do we stand now; which new issues have emerged now that new media are taken for granted, and which riddles remain unsolved; and, is contemporary digital culture indeed all about 'you', or do we still not really understand the digital machinery and how it constitutes us as 'you'. From desktop metaphors to Web 2.0 ecosystems, from touch screens to bloggging to e-learning, from role-playing games to Cybergoth music to wireless dreams, this timely volume offers a showcase of the most up-to-date research in the field from what may be called a 'digital-materialist' perspective.

The Otherness of God

Modern Times first appeared in 1936 — two years after Walter Benjamin
published "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction." It is as if
Chaplin produced the work of art that Benjamin theorized. Although more
intrigued by ...

Author: Orrin F. Summerell

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 9780813917719

Category: Religion

Page: 306

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This volume offers essays on the nature of God and the fundamental tasks of philosophy and theology written by internationally recognized thinkers in the distinct fields of philosophy, religious studies, and theology. The Otherness of God traces the lineage of its theme from Plato and Aristotle through Neoplatonic, medieval, and Renaissance expression, and on through Reformation thought and German idealism to dialectical theology and deconstruction. This provocative collection, drawn primarily from an interdisciplinary conference at the University of Virginia, should attract those interested in the philosophy of religion, the history of philosophy and theology, and the theological interpretation of secular culture.

Benjamin s Ghosts

FIVE Under Construction Walter Benjamin's " The Work of Art in the Age of
Mechanical Reproduction " EVA GEULEN Of Walter Benjamin's works , none is
as often quoted , none has to the same extent the character of required reading
as the ...

Author: Gerhard Richter

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804741262

Category: Philosophy

Page: 365

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This book explores the implications for today's critical concerns of the work of Walter Benjamin (1892-1940), one of the most powerful and influential thinkers of the 20th century.

From Hegel to Madonna

"Into the Groove": Dance, Distraction, Reproduction In "The Work of Art in the Age
of Mechanical Reproduction" (1936), Benjamin made the case that the "dominant
" state of reception in modern culture was "distraction" (Zerstreuung), which he ...

Author: Robert Miklitsch

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791435403

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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Moves from the discourses of dialectical negation to cultural-populist affirmation--that is, from Hegel to Madonna Studies--in order to envision a mode of critique that can persuasively describe and explain the cultural contradictions of late capitalism.

The Virginia Quarterly Review

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The Visual Turn

Walter Benjamin The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction ( excerpt
) XI The shooting of a film , especially of a sound film , affords a spectacle
unimaginable anywhere at any time before this . It presents a process in which it
is ...

Author: Angela Dalle Vacche

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813531731

Category: Art

Page: 279

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This collection of essays demonstrates the usefulness of looking at cinema with the analytical methods provided by art theory. The Visual Turn is a dialogue between art historians and film theorists from the silent period to the aftermath of World War II. Its aim is to broaden the horizons of film studies, while making students of art history more comfortable when they approach the key texts of classical film theory.

Photography

WALTER BENJAMIN AND THE PRECEDENT OF THE AGE OF MECHANICAL
REPRODUCTION WALTER BENJAMIN ( 1970a ) ' The Work of Art in the Age of
Mechanical Reproduction ' in H . Arendt ( ed . ) Illuminations , Glasgow : Fontana
 ...

Author: Liz Wells

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415190589

Category: Art

Page: 384

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This textbook examines key debates in photographic theory and place them in their social and political context. This second edition includes key concepts, biographies of major thinkers and seminal references, and provides a coherent introduction to the nature of photographic viewing.

The Cult Film Reader

The. work. of. art. in. the. age. of. mechanical. reproduction. by. Walter. Benjamin.
The writing of German philosopher Walter Benjamin (1892—1940) starts from a
Marxist perspective, to establish a form of criticism of culture that recognizes the ...

Author: Mathijs, Ernest

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

ISBN: 0335219233

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 549

View: 110

"An invaluable collection for anyone researching or teaching cult cinema ... The Cult Film Reader is an authoritative text that should be of value to any student or researcher interested in challenging and transgressive cinema that pushes the boundaries of conventional cinema and film studies." Science Fiction Film and Television "A really impressive and comprehensive collection of the key writings in the field. The editors have done a terrific job in drawing together the various traditions and providing a clear sense of this rich and rewarding scholarly terrain. This collection is as wild and diverse as the films that it covers. Fascinating." Mark Jancovich, Professor of Film and Television Studies, University of East Anglia, UK "It's about time the lunatic fans and loyal theorists of cult movies were treated to a book they can call their own. The effort and knowledge contained in The Cult Film Reader will satisfy even the most ravenous zombie's desire for detail and insight. This book will gnaw, scratch and infect you just like the cult films themselves." Brett Sullivan, Director of Ginger Snaps Unleashed and The Chair "The Cult Film Reader is a great film text book and a fun read." John Landis, Director of The Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf in London and Michael Jackson's Thriller "Excellent overview of the subject, and a comprehensive collection of significant scholarship in the field of cult film. Very impressive and long overdue." Steven Rawle, York St John University, UK Whether defined by horror, kung-fu, sci-fi, sexploitation, kitsch musical or ‘weird world cinema’, cult movies and their global followings are emerging as a distinct subject of film and media theory, dedicated to dissecting the world’s unruliest images. This book is the world’s first reader on cult film. It brings together key works in the field on the structure, form, status, and reception of cult cinema traditions. Including work from key established scholars in the field such as Umberto Eco, Janet Staiger, Jeffrey Sconce, Henry Jenkins, and Barry Keith Grant, as well as new perspectives on the gradually developing canon of cult cinema, the book not only presents an overview of ways in which cult cinema can be approached, it also re-assesses the methods used to study the cult text and its audiences. With editors’ introductions to the volume and to each section, the book is divided into four clear thematic areas of study – The Conceptions of Cult; Cult Case Studies; National and International Cults; and Cult Consumption – to provide an accessible overview of the topic. It also contains an extensive bibliography for further related readings. Written in a lively and accessible style, The Cult Film Reader dissects some of biggest trends, icons, auteurs and periods of global cult film production. Films discussed include Casablanca, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Eraserhead, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Showgirls and Ginger Snaps. Essays by: Jinsoo An; Jane Arthurs; Bruce Austin; Martin Barker; Walter Benjamin; Harry Benshoff; Pierre Bourdieu; Noel Carroll; Steve Chibnall; Umberto Eco; Nezih Erdogan; Welch Everman; John Fiske; Barry Keith Grant ; Joan Hawkins; Gary Hentzi; Matt Hills; Ramaswami Harindranath; J.Hoberman; Leon Hunt; I.Q. Hunter; Mark Jancovich; Henry Jenkins; Anne Jerslev; Siegfried Kracauer; Gina Marchetti; Tom Mes; Gary Needham; Sheila J. Nayar; Annalee Newitz; Lawrence O’Toole; Harry Allan Potamkin; Jonathan Rosenbaum; Andrew Ross; David Sanjek; Eric Schaefer; Steven Jay Schneider; Jeffrey Sconce; Janet Staiger; J.P. Telotte; Parker Tyler; Jean Vigo; Harmony Wu

Software Applications Concepts Methodologies Tools and Applications

ABSTRACT INTRODUCTION When Walter Benjamin wrote his famous essay
The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, he shone a light on the
cultural changes inherent in technology's ability to infinitely reproduce and
distribute ...

Author: Tiako, Pierre F.

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 1605660612

Category: Computers

Page: 3994

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Includes articles in topic areas such as autonomic computing, operating system architectures, and open source software technologies and applications.

Abstracting Reality

Art, Communication, and Cognition in the Digital Age Mark J. P. Wolf ... Walther
Benjamin's famous essay of 1936, "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical
Reproduction" looked at how mechanical reproduction changed the work of art,
and ...

Author: Mark J. P. Wolf

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 9780761816683

Category: Social Science

Page: 319

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Abstracting Reality considers the relationship between digital technology and culture and their mutual influences on each other. The book begins with an examination of how everyday life became quantized over time, setting the stage for digital technology, which developed out of communication, machine control, and calculating machines. From there the book explores how digital technology changed the nature of art, inherent culture biases in digitization, composite imagery, machine-mediated communication, the metaphor of cyberspace, virtual reality, and finally, the way in which digital technology and imaging changes the very nature of indexicality itself.