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A discussion on The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction and how this relates to our current technology

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A contemplation and discussion centering on how our technology affects the reading and interpretation of Walter Benjamin's essay The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. In his essay, Benjamin argues that it it through the cinematic experience and practice that the viewer becomes the critic. The viewer engages in a collective experience becoming an absent minded mass absorbing the work of art. We regard film art without a second thought but what about our daily rituals on Facebook, our updates, our emails, our google searches and our you tube channels. If film first expanded our vision through the camera, what and how has our technology augmented and expanded that and how does this relate to the way we think about aesthetics in art. Entryways: Contemplation alone can not solve our task of perception. Habit the collective experience collectivity in a state of distraction the idea of common property The idea of aura Does the artwork absorb you or do you absorb the work of art. other discussions that can grow from this: Architecture Economy In Illuminations, a collection on Benjamin essays, there is an epilogue that ties into the essay. we can discuss this as well.  

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 03:30
The Public School Los Angeles, 951 Chung King Road, 90012 more
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Hello, Just a checkin about this meeting tomorrow: I can be there at 3:00 (a half-hour before). Carmen it would be good if you arrive then so we can set up for the meeting.

best, Avigail


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