After reading the article on The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction by Walter Benjamin, it gives a lot of things to think about art these days and how it should be, whether the thinking of Walter Benjamin is relevant to our age of society these days is a different part of the story but how he interprets art in the article is a totally different thing, so let us view a bit about his article.
“Our fine arts were developed, their types and uses were established, in times very different from the present, by men whose power of action upon things was insignificant in comparison with ours. But the amazing growth of our techniques, the adaptability and precision they have attained, the ideas and habits they are creating, make it a certainty that profound changes are impending in the ancient craft of the Beautiful. In all the arts there is a physical component which can longer be considered or treated as it used to be, which cannot remain unaffected by our modern knowledge and power. For the last twenty years neither matter nor space nor time has been what it was from time immemorial. 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 motion of art.”- Paul Valery, Le Conquete de I’ubiquite.
Since Walter started his article with this quote from Paul Valery, it is best if we start our review of what he thinks with it. From my point of view, this very quote is the starting point of his revelation towards writing this article. It expresses exactly though not wholly about what he wanted to interpret in what he wrote. The most important part that he had express in the article is about the new modes of perception and the aura that arises with it. He said that the work of art in the modern-day-mechanical world loses the feeling of singularity in each of them and for an example, photography these days has taken us only to a...
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