The greatly increased mass of participants has produced a change in the mode of participation. Guided by the cameraman, the camera continually changes its position with respect to the performance.
This is most obvious with regard to buildings. Certain statues of gods are accessible only to the priest in the cella; certain Madonnas remain covered nearly all year round; certain sculptures on medieval cathedrals are invisible to the spectator on ground level.
Here the question is: We must expect great innovations to transform the entire technique of the arts, thereby affecting artistic invention itself and perhaps even bringing about an amazing change in our very notion of art. Though his remarks on the subject in his novel Si Gira were limited to the negative aspects of the question and to the silent film only, this hardly impairs their validity.
Fascism sees its salvation in giving these masses not their right, but instead a chance to express themselves. The action of mechanical reproduction diminishes the original art work by changing the cultural context original vs.
From an alluring appearance or persuasive structure of sound the work of art of the Dadaists became an instrument of ballistics. Dadaistic activities actually assured a rather vehement distraction by making works of art the center of scandal. Only from the exact view of the camera is it credible.
The secular cult of beauty, developed during the Renaissance and prevailing for three centuries, clearly showed that ritualistic basis in its decline and the first deep crisis which befell it.
By close-ups of the things around us, by focusing on hidden details of familiar objects, by exploring common place milieus under the ingenious guidance of the camera, the film, on the one hand, extends our comprehension of the necessities which rule our lives; on the other hand, it manages to assure us of an immense and unexpected field of action.
It would therefore be wrong to underestimate the value of such theses as a weapon. As compared with painting, filmed behavior lends itself more readily to analysis because of its incomparably more precise statements of the situation. On the positive side, this loss of tradition brings the work of art into the distinct life-situation of the reader, viewer or listener.
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Its illusionary nature is that of the second degree, the result of cutting. To have pinpointed this new stage constitutes the incomparable significance of Atget, who, aroundtook photographs of deserted Paris streets. The cult of remembrance of loved ones, absent or dead, offers a last refuge for the cult value of the picture.
Benjamin reviews the development of the means of the mechanical reproduction of art — an artist manually copying the work of a master artist; the industrial arts of the foundry and the stamp mill in Ancient Greece; woodcut relief-printingetchingengravinglithographyand photography — to establish that artistic reproduction is not a modern human activity, and that the modern means of artistic reproduction permit greater accuracy throughout the process of mass production.
As a result, the experiences connected with ritual and tradition are lost. These two processes lead to a tremendous shattering of tradition which is the obverse of the contemporary crisis and renewal of mankind. However, within the phenomenon which we are here examining from the perspective of world history, print is merely a special, though particularly important, case.
Benjamin for Architects, Routledge, London, An analysis of art in the age of mechanical reproduction must do justice to these relationships, for they lead us to an all-important insight: for the first time in world history, mechanical reproduction emancipates the work of art from its parasitical dependence on ritual.
Das Kunstwerk im Zeitalter seiner technischen Reproduzierbarkeit (); The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction The basic argument of this essay is that modern art develops as a response to new modes of technological reproduction (lithography, photography and film).
(“The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction”, ) ) clearly shows two important aspects of Benjamin’s analysis of art in his new age.
First: in spite of his emphasis on the role played by mechanical reproduction, Benjamin is still far. Perhaps Benjamin’s best-known work is ‘The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction’.
This short piece provides a general history of changes in art in the modern age. Benjamin’s insight here is that each human sensory perspective is not completely biological or natural. It is also. “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” is a longish essay, divided—in its version—into fifteen chapters plus a foreword and an afterword.
Walter Benjamin’s argument. Reason and Revolution The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction Eclipse of Reason Escape from Freedom The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (, the industrial arts of the foundry and the stamp mill in Ancient Greece.Download