Friday, September 7, 2012
Walter Benjaimin: Critical Questions
1) In paragraph one, as Benjamin describes in brief, the history of reproduction, he metions how the ancient Greeks reproduced coins and called them art. What I want to know if the Greek's felt this way about this or if it was just a way of establishing their economics. After all, if it was just coins they were reproducing, then wouldent they have seen them as a currency? Will something we see as mundane be considered art one day?
2) In paragraph 4 of Benjamin's piece, he states "Instead of art being based on ritual, it begins to be based on another practice- politics". What intrigues me is that when you look at some photographic artworks, their main focus is on political issues. Does that reflect the impact of new technology on art? Or have political issues always been attached to works of art?