Walter Benjamin on Mass-Produced Art Analytical Essay by Top Papers

Walter Benjamin on Mass-Produced Art
An examination of Walter Benjamin's essay, "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction".
# 133371 | 2,500 words | 0 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2007 in Computer and Technology (Technology) , Art (General)

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The paper explores Walter Benjamin's, "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" and specifically look at how digital cinema may be interpreted as a classic instance of technology democratizing the creative and artistic process, and as an instance of how technology can de-fetishize artifacts. The paper discusses how the camera in general is a tool that, given its mediated state, can become exploited to the full by those with political objectives in mind. Lastly, the paper looks at the redemptive aspects of modern mass-produced art (especially art as captured on film) and at how art can be used to "fine-tune" the "human apparatus of perception" - even as modern art is faced with distracted masses. The paper shows how the age of mass-produced and mass-replicated art is an age that offers much that is promising, much that is redemptive, but also some genuinely troubling challenges, as well.

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