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Download ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free  Walter Benjamin Characters ´ Illuminationen 102 Nal minds of the Central European culture decimated by the Nazis Illuminations contains his two most celebrated essays 'The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction' and 'Theses on the Philosophy of History' as well as others on the art of translation Kafka storytelling Baudelaire Brecht's epic theatre Proust and an anatomy of his own obs. These are meandering thoughts on the book especially on Benjamin s Mechanical Reproduction essay If you have any thoughts insights critiue on my view I appreciate any comments The topic of art is something I m endlessly fascinated by and always love discussing I loved the preface by Hannah Arendt gives insight into mindset and analytical style of Benjamin Offers perceptive bio framing his life against historical issues and cultural landscape including situation of Jewish bourgeoisie in Europe at the time which is Benjamin s background she also interweaves details from Kafka who also came from this milieu and struggled with similar identity issues facing European Jewish bourgeoisie of that era The story of Benjamin s final days and attempt to escape the Nazis from France to Spain is tragic and heartbreaking I had no idea of this backstory There are several essays on Kafka and Proust Very interesting Proust is kind of a weird guy but Benjamin offers a lot of insightful commentary on his life and how this influenced Proust s work and his way of dealing with time memory past present and how this all plays a role in examination of the self Makes me want to read some Proust but not sure I have the patience for it either seems very solipsistic and maybe a different time and place in my life I would have been intrigued I didn t realize the extent of Proust s health issues and suffering which seem to have had a large part in shaping his work I also enjoyed the essay on Baudelaire which interweaves analysis on modern city life and Baudelaire s connection and then disillusionment with this situation Following paragraphs are my thoughts like I said meandering on Benjamin s essay on Mechanical Reproduction I will do my best this would be an essay to reread carefully because there is a lot there and I don t doubt I ve missed certain nuances and points but that won t stop me from writing about it haha This is a very good essay as it hits upon a lot of interesting insights but I have some issues Let me preface this by saying that I think Benjamin truly knows how to dance around and with a subject poking and prodding it allowing him to expertly and gradually drill to core issues So sometimes I disagree with his tone or view but his insights are keen It was interesting how he presented the evolution of the purpose of art how it morphed and changed from cultish function often times religioussocial glue to the idea of art for art s sake Benjamin delves into issues of who manufactures art and its uality In this realm he references Alduous Huxley who brandishes a viewpoint I find mindblowingly elitist and aggravating to my sensibilities To reduce it Huxley comes across as the type of guy who thinks only one type of person genius is fit to produce art his example is based on the art of writing his view is that a greater amount of people creating due to greater amount of reading public has led to a high output of garbage art literally he calls it garbage and vulgarity that caters to lowest common denominators It s one of the aggravating excerpts I ve read I ve always had good thoughts about Huxley but this passage was a disappointment for me smacking of a real aristocratic superiority It s a view that not so subtly hints that art should be walled off and created and consumed by only a specific subset of people It s hard for me not to get emotional with such a viewpoint because it touches a raw nerve for me kind of makes me want to punch people in the face As if art needs to strive to be only one thing nestle itself into a small box and needs to cater to a certain elite cultured chosen Huxley seems to have a narrow definition that only great art should be made by the men of genius and all else is garbage I assume garbage is anything that doesn t speak to him or his particular sensibilities I don t even know what good art is How can one apply such ualitative assessments on what is good and therefore deserves to be made Is it mastery of techniue Style Universality Different things appeal to different people which is why I m happy there is a lot of different kinds of art and diversity of practitioners creators and a broad diverse public that consumes the work I know there are things I think are good but it doesn t mean it is universally good it merely means it speaks to me and has some meaning for me I tend to gravitate towards things that fit my tastes based on style techniue themes but I also search for work where the artist seems to have managed to put some truth of their life or experience within their work which I always consider an accomplishment It doesn t need to be technically brilliant and mind blowing it just needs to communicate to me and make me feel something that I think is important for my life and how I relate to this world maybe acts as mirror and helps me see things about myself or about others For me art is about communication that is broad but I can t really figure out specific parameters Yes it transcends mere passing of information it is often ethereal and abstract nebulousOf course I judge art based on my time place upbringing experiences views tastes and am influenced by the people and culture around me but I will never say something is universally good or great tastes wax and wane and vary across cultures all that matters is that something speaks to us To project one s personal artistic tastes as being the be all end all definition of what good art is is the height of arrogance and pride imo so you know I kinda gotta throw Huxley in the doghouse on that one because he might be very brilliant in many ways but from the passage Benjamin uotes he strikes me as the kind of guy who thinks his standard is the only standard you can tell this is a subject that really riles me up right haha Benjamin is much nuanced and doesn t fall into this elitist trap so easily Too clever hehe He is about looking at issues and stripping the veneer off the subject matter to get a better look at it look at how the machinery works and how it has evolved He s not blindly denouncing anything that doesn t fit his standard although he is asking piercing uestions that hints at some of his uneasiness some of which is justified for sure It is a very good essay and hits so many interesting points and there is just so much to talk about But one problem is that I feel he has a fetishization of original object his argument is that reproduction leads to a destruction or withering of aura breaking the art away from tradition and history He seems to place traditional art forms painting on a pedestal I feel he has a lot of nostalgia for this mode In his eyes the modern art techniues like film are not all bad in fact they have a lot of potential due to the force of their democratizing possibilities but they also feature a capacity to exploit dominate indoctrinate and subjugate people To be fair I think one can make an argument that this is not new at all for example painting and previous modes of art were exploited in such a manner by the Catholic church maybe not as broadly due to limitations of the medium but churches and art within them were tools and had broad reach in both physical but also spiritual realmslives of people living in medieval Europe certainly exploited to gain greater power and exert social control In a similar vein in these eras many paintings were commissioned by powerful elites to project power And acknowledging this doesn t mean I don t like this work in fact there is a lot of art from this era most especially the Northern Renaissance that I love for multiple reasons including craftsmanship and style of certain works but also the historical and cultural aspects of the works And it s funny because for me my favorite art form is painting but I don t attach significance to it than I do to film or writing or many other forms of artistic communication It is a tool like all the others and even if I love painting I try my best not to overly fetishizemythologize the art object But hey full disclosure I m not immune to enchantment I love love love sitting in front of a painting looking at how it is painted love knowing the artist s hand was there because it creates a connection to the original creation point and connection to the artist or team of artists if they worked in a workshop that transcends time and space and there is a meditative uality to looking at the static image As Benjamin mentions this is in contrast to the moving image which by its constant flood of image after image exacts what he calls a shock effect on the viewer hampering the ability to think and process the constant stream of visual info I don t think this medium precludes the ability to think deeply on the material but it is easy to get lulled into being a mere receptacle Anyways yes I like paintings I like the static image but sometimes becoming too obsessed with this mythologization of object we paradoxically becoming blinded to it and what is directly in front of us In my estimation each medium has its own positive and negative aspects ultimately it comes down to the creators and their ability to leverage whatever medium they choose Maybe my thinking is democratic about art and modern techniues because I was raised with them I ve consumed a lot of visual forms and I enjoy film a lot I don t come from a world where the artist s hand is the only avenue for creation so Benjamin sometimes seems a bit uaint to me with some of these arguments Maybe I miss some of his nuance even though I have to agree that some of his critiues of modern art forms are on point but the negative aspects of the critiue are overemphasized vs the positive aspects while the reverse is true for how he treats the older modes like painting Now this obsession with aura I don t know tbh it just straight up annoys me but the discussion is rather fascinating I find him overly obsessed with the object and its materiality and while I do think there is importance to seeing a physical piece in the flesh and witness it in its context I think he goes overboard in placing the art object in this mystical realm He deconstructs film as being too manufactured too sliced and diced in the effort to create illusion also there is no actual original object he really doesn t like this But you know painting is all illusion too filled with various techniues color strategies perspective composition all in the effort to create various visual illusions That film is created via the camera lens is a detriment in his eyes taking away the human hand But even traditional mediums have artificiality and limitations for instance the painter is often limited by the very nature of the 2d canvaswood panel well that is the preferred format on average so there is artificiality within this pursuit as well Sometimes I think the focus on the artificiality of photography and film has to do with these being new techniues of the modern age and in a way this newness is frightening to people like Benjamin who were witnessing a flux of new techniues and mediums But to overlook the artificiality of previous modes of creation is a bit silly to me even if the human hand was involved in past times it was still using tricks of techniue to create illusion heck I wonder what he d have to say about the use of the camera obscura going way back it s highly likely that many artists including Vermeer were using this techniue to capture greater realism within their work Does this take away from the paintings so called aura because an artificial lenslens like techniue was used to create the illusion Benjamin is balanced than a lot of the other Frankfurt school philosophers who just hate mass culture and see it as a tool of control that flattens and deadens thought I think Benjamin recognizes both the potential benefits and potential dangers of mass culture and art Now what he says on the issue concerning concentration of viewer vs distraction is interesting Why and how we consume art are key issues and I like the exploration of this uestion Sometimes if distraction is our only reason for visiting art we become mere receptacles but if we approach art with concentration we can pierce through content and think through it of a meeting in the middle But even on this issue I think people should consume art however they see fit whether it be via concentration or the goal of distraction I prefer the idea of concentration that s just my preference but yes I do consume things to distract as well So it s not always just one way it depends As Benjamin explains in the essay originally much art served a cultic or religious function Over time there was a greater shift to the mentality of art for art s sake which as an idea I find a bit silly As I said to distill my view I see art as a mode of communication that helps us connect with each other and try to better understand this world life experience others ourselves a conduit to share ideas and experience To critiue the art for art s sake I d say this I doubt we would make art if we alone existed and no other humans existed Art is a bridge and when we are lucky it can help us expand our minds help us transcend daily reality allow us to share ideas and experience make us connect with things beyond ourselves reveal insights into our own selves and the world we live in The Girls of October culture decimated by the Nazis Illuminations Irregular Verbs and Other Stories contains his two most Breaking With His Past celebrated essays 'The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction' and 'Theses on the Philosophy of History' as well as others on the art of translation Kafka storytelling Baudelaire Brecht's epic theatre Proust and an anatomy of his own obs. 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Download ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free  Walter Benjamin Characters ´ Illuminationen 102 The literary philosophical works of Walter Benjamin 1892 1940 rank among the most uietly influential of the post war era though only since his death has Benjamin achieved the fame and critical currency outside his native Germany accorded him by a select few during his lifetime Now he is widely held to have possessed one of the most acute and origi. For every second of time was the strait gate through which the Messiah might enterThere are hardly enough superlatives for this amazing collection of essays concerning Baudelaire Proust Kafka messianism and the aesthetic tension between the cultic and the exhibitional I had read Unpacking My Library a half dozen times previously and it still forces me to catch my breath The thoughts on Kafka explore the mystical as well as the shock of the modern The shock of the urban and industrial is a recurring theme in these pieces Likewise is the dearth of actual experience and the onslaught of involuntary memory It was a strange juxtaposition that this very morning I put down Illuminations and was enjoying my breakfast Before me in the recent Bookforum was an article by Geoff Dyer about August Sander s People of the Twentieth Century Benjamin s idea of aura has likely morphed into something strange over the intervening 70 odd years

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Download ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free  Walter Benjamin Characters ´ Illuminationen 102 Ession book collecting The essay is Benjamin's domain; those collected in this now legendary volume offer the best possible access to his singular and significant achievement In a stimulating introduction Hannah Arendt reveals how Benjamin's life and work are a prism to his times and identifies him as possessing the rare ability to think poeticall. I d lie if I said that I understood than charitably fifty percent of these essays Besides for the mountains of literary references and the obliue angles from which Benjamin approaches his subjects his languid fl neur like writing makes it difficult to follow his train of thought Still the beauty of such writing and the tendency toward hyperbole so characteristic of the Frankfurt School have no doubt played a great role in Benjamin s reputation as a criticThese essays selected by Hannah Arendt focus on a number of Modernist writers Proust Kafka Baudelaire Leskov whom I hadn t heard of Brecht and their approach to society As a Marxist Benjamin saw the cultural as tightly embedded in the political as he concludes the most best known essay in the book The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction Fascism seeks to make the aesthetic political glorifying war and destruction and Communism must respond by politicising the aesthetic Thus he sees the decline of the culture of storytelling as symptomatic of the increasing demands on our time placed by industrialisation and urbanisation Boredom the prime condition for storytelling no longer exists Reflections on the Work of Nikolai Leskov In another essay he recalls Poe s and Baudelaire s respective takes on an imagined crowd scene both regarding with growing horror the single minded intensity of the crowd and their utter alienation in the Marxist sense from each other and themselves On Some Motifs in Baudelaire Benjamin is fascinated by Proust focusing on the Bergsonian metaphysics underpinning In Search of Lost Time From what I understand of Bergson s philosophy he claims that only by ignoring our subjective experience of time and connecting to the atemporal dur e can we transcend causality and experience true freedom Thus Proust searches for his childhood memories attempting to restore his unadulterated youthful happiness through mental effort Perhaps it is not a stretch to see Benjamin politicising this thought seeing society as undergoing a similar transformation through the overthrow of the bourgeois societal status uo and the return to the authentic state of natureThe other essays focus on some literary trends with remarkable prescience One is a deep reading of Kafka s absurdism and its relation to Jewish culture in 1940 the year of Benjamin s death Kafka was still a little known figure at least in the English speaking world A shorter essay describing Brecht s idea of the Epic Theatre stripped of the attempt at realism and full of meta theatrical devices to confuse and startle the audience presages Tom Stoppard Samuel Beckett and countless art films The final essay consists of some rather Gnomic statements on Hegel s Philosophy of HistoryContrary to its subtitle this book is rather one of Reflections and less one of Essays in the Montaignian sense Benjamin swirls his brush into society politics and art and teases out the gossamer threads connecting artistic creation and social change In the finest spirit of Modernism he delves into the unconscious seeking to understand the changes we have wrought the ills in our society and the ephemeral presence of beauty amongst cruelty and dehumanisation Sadly he could not escape the march of that inhumanity which was close on his heels at the time that he took his own life


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