Walter benjamin, the work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction (1936) is a term used to describe the uniqueness of a work of art (high cult value= aura. The work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction (1935, das kunstwerk im zeitalter seiner technischen reproduzierbarkeit), by walter benjamin, is an essay of cultural criticism which proposes that the devaluation of a work of art is consequent to its mechanical reproduction. Walter benjamin the work of art in the age of its technological reproducibility summary published in 1936, benjamin's dissertation on the work of art is a discussion on the value of art and the. Walter benjamin wrote the work of art in the age of its technological reproducibility during his years of exile in france from nazi germany benjamin was deeply affected by the extremely politically tumultuous situation in france. Walter benjamin, the work of art in the age of its technological reproducibility and other writings on media walter benjamin, radio benjamin walter benjamin, moscow diary.
Walter benjamin's life and work is difficult to categorize a renaissance man of letters, he wrote on topics ranging from art history and aesthetics to linguistics, politics, and psychedelic drugs an ardent marxist and critical theorist, benjamin also fused his understanding of jewish mysticism. The work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction by walter benjamin: free audio download (podcast) from listen to genius | in principle a work of art has always been reproducible. 298 walter benjamin of their craft, by masters for diffusing their works, and, finally, by third parties in the pursuit of gain mechamcal re roduction of a work of art, however. Walter benjamin the work of art in the age of its mechanical reproduction (1936) the decline of the aura the decline of the aura is the direct result of the advent of mechanical reproduction.
That's the year walter benjamin published the work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction i prefer the more literal translation of its title: the work of art in the age of its mechanical reproducibility, implying that art does not merely accompany mechanical reproduction but it is, in many ways, superseded and changed by. Reproduction is the aura of the work of art one might generalize by saying: the technique of reproduction detaches the reproduced object from the domain of tradition. 164 quotes from walter benjamin: 'history is written by the victors', 'the only way of knowing a person is to love them without hope', and 'writers are really people who write books not because they are poor, but because they are dissatisfied with the books which they could buy but do not like.
In this article i claim that walter benjamin's essay the work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction merits renewed critical attention just as dada had confronted art with anti-art, so benjamin hoped his essay would confront aesthetics with an anti-aesthetic. During the late 1930's the philosopher walter benjamin wrote its widely influential essay 'the work of art in the age of its technical reproducibility. Walter benjamin and the media is a masterful overview of benjamin's biography, career, and work, in its historical context, as well as his influences, ideas and unique contributions to critical theory it shows how benjamin was able to strike a balance between hailing the revolutionary possibilities of new media and warning of their. The work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction wasn't the first place in which walter benjamin introduced his famous concept of aure and his related discussion on authenticity in art, but it was however in which benjamin fully developed his discussion of the aura.
The work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction is a longish essay, divided—in its 1955 version—into fifteen chapters plus a foreword and an afterword walter benjamin's argument. By erik larsen introduction and historical information despite its relative brevity, walter benjamin's essay the work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction, continues to inspire significant scholarly attention as a major work in the history of modern aesthetic and political criticism. Walter benjamin: the work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction even the most perfect reproduction of a work of art is lacking in one element: its presence in time and space, its unique existence at the place where it happens to be. 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's famous work of art essay sets out his boldest thoughts—on media and on culture in general—in their most realized form, while retaining an edge that gets under the skin of everyone who reads it.
Walter benjamin, the work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction when was this essay written, and in what social context what may have been some of the novel features of this essay in its time. In walter benjamin's classic essay, the work of art in an age of mechanical reproduction , he famously defined aura as that which is lost in mechanical production, a thesis consonant with wide range of discourses defending traditions (of various sorts) from the encroachments of globalization, simulation, and capitalist commodification. Benjamin's famous 'work of art' essay sets out his boldest thoughts -- on media and on culture in general this book contains the second, and most daring, of the four versions of the 'work of art' essay -- the one that addresses the utopian developments of the modern media. Walter benjamin's writings identify him as a modernist for whom the philosophic merges with the literary: logical philosophic reasoning cannot account for all experience, especially not for self-representation via art.
Walter benjamin wrote the work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction in 1936 for a small circle of academics discussing art and mass media the article was published in french in 1936, in german in 1955 and 1961, and in english in 1968. Still, there is one work of art -mentioner for every 10 to 20 walter benjamin-mentioners in most years from 1970 onwards that strikes me as a fairly substantial representation in benjamin-reception for a single short essay known best as part of illuminations.
The technique of reproduction detaches the reproduced object from the domain of tradition by making many reproductions it substitutes a plurality of copies for a unique existence. Walter bendix schönflies benjamin 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. Walter benjamin, the marxist german-jewish philosopher and theorist, is behind those and many other erudite words 1936's the work of art in the age of mechanical benjamin discusses how.