Art and Politics in the Age of Digital Reproduction

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“For the first time in world history, mechanical reproduction emancipates the work of art from its parasitical dependence on ritual. To an ever greater degree the work of art reproduced becomes the work of art designed for reproducibility. From a photographic negative, for example, one can make any number of prints; to ask for the “authentic” print makes no sense. But the instant the criterion of authenticity ceases to be applicable to artistic production, the total function of art is reversed. Instead of being based on ritual, it begins to be based on another practice – politics.”–Walter Benjamin, from “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.”

~ by Faheem Haider on October 17, 2009.

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