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Ella's First Exam: A Medical Exam Fiction (Ella's Exams Book 1) pThe ability to think androcess the constant stream of visual info I don t think this medium recludes the ability to think deeply on the material but it is easy to get lulled into being a mere receptacle Anyways yes I like aintings I like the static image but sometimes becoming too obsessed with this mythologization of object we Principios de economía política paradoxically becoming blinded to it and what is directly in front of us In my estimation each medium has its ownositive 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 Aunt Jane's Nieces point but the negative aspects of the critiue are overemphasized vs theositive aspects while the reverse is true for how he treats the older modes like ainting 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 hysical iece in the flesh and witness it in its context I think he goes overboard in lacing 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 Beneath the Moors and Darker Places painting is all illusion too filled with various techniues color strategieserspective 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 Lascia che sia felice painter is often limited by the very nature of the 2d canvaswoodanel well that is the This Beats Working for a Living: The Dark Secrets of a College Professor preferred format on average so there is artificiality within thisursuit as well Sometimes I think the focus on the artificiality of We'll Make It Through photography and film has to do with these being new techniues of the modern age and in a way this newness is frightening toeople like Benjamin who were witnessing a flux of new techniues and mediums But to overlook the artificiality of The Silent Earth: The Complete Trilogy previous modes of creation is a bit silly to me even if the human hand was involved inast 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 aintings 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 hilosophers who just hate mass culture and see it as a tool of control that flattens and deadens thought I think Benjamin recognizes both the The Age of Apollyon potential benefits andotential 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 if distraction is our only reason for visiting art we become mere but if we approach art with concentration we can ierce through content and think through it of a meeting in the middle But even on this issue I think eople should consume art however they see fit whether it be via concentration or the goal of distraction I Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples prefer the idea of concentration that s just myreference 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 bridge and when we are lucky it can 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 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 between the cultic and the exhibitional I had read Unpacking My Library a half dozen times 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 ieces Likewise is the dearth of actual expe. Ession book collecting The essay is Benjamin's domain; those collected in this now legendary volume offer the best ossible access to his singular and significant achievement In a stimulating introduction Hannah Arendt reveals how Benjamin's life and work are a The Lost Masters: Grace and Disgrace in '68 prism to his times and identifies him asossessing the rare ability to think oeticall. Led off and created and consumed by only a specific subset of eople 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 unch eople 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 articular 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 eople which is why I m happy there is a lot of different kinds of art and diversity of ractitioners creators and a broad diverse Les Ténébreuses - Tome I - La Fin d'un monde 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 tout 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 Karneval, Vol. 4 parameters Yes it transcends mereassing of information it is often ethereal and abstract nebulousOf course I judge art based on my time The Hiding Place place upbringing experiences views tastes and am influenced by theeople 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 roject one s ersonal artistic tastes as being the be all end all definition of what good art is is the height of arrogance and ride 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 assage 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 The Elephants Journey 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 interestingoints and there is just so much to talk about But one Sklaven für Wutawia + Gauner mit der 'Goldenen Hand' 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 tolace traditional art forms ainting on a edestal 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 Changing Face of the Hero potential due to the force of their democratizingossibilities but they also feature a capacity to exploit dominate indoctrinate and subjugate The Undisputed Greatest Writer of All Time: A Collection of Poetry people To be fair I think one can make an argument that this is not new at all for exampleainting and StoryBranding: Creating Stand-Out Brands Through The Power of Story 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 bothhysical but also spiritual realmslives of It's A Wonderfully Sexy Life people living in medieval Europe certainly exploited to gain greaterower and exert social control In people living in medieval Europe certainly exploited to gain greater Lignin Biodegradation power and exert social control In similar vein in these eras manyaintings were commissioned by Pure Chance powerful elites toroject The Lady and the Lionheart 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 isainting 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 ainting 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 ainting looking at how it is ainted love knowing the artist s hand was there because it creates a connection to the original creation oint and connection to the artist or team of was there because it creates a connection to the original creation oint and connection to the artist or team of 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. 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. ,


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Reading literary and aesthetic criticism with barely any context is a habit I ve icked up in these strange times with Illuminations this exercise context is a habit I ve A (kinda) Country Christmas picked up in these strange times with Illuminations this exercise been fairly rewarding and uite frustrating in eual measure Iicked up this book for the famous essay on art in the age of mech These essays are chiefly memorable for1 The one about the dwarf that lives under the chessboard2 The one about how he has too many books but they are all his children3 The one where Kafka has a headache but everyone keeps asking him for favors4 The one where Proust eats a cookie5 The one in which they lose the aura6 The one where the gang all wear translations as baggy coats7 The one where Baudelaire gets lost in a crowd8 The one with the Hannah Arendt encomium to Walter Benjamin9 The one where he cites Lukacs on the novelthese are all voluntary memories though lease eat are all voluntary memories though Please eat cookie to access the involuntary ones Benjamin s writings on Proust Kafka Baudelaire and Leskov are really brilliant and engrossing I was especially taken with his history of the storyteller in relation to Leskov s stories how the verbal communication that was the initial component of storytelling dissipated after the fragmenting of human experience that came along with the realities of the industrial revolution and the barbarism of World War I as if history itself killed mankind s ability to actually feel and rocess experience and how this sets the modern novel outside the tradition of storytelling His essay on Proust inspired me to start in on a second reading of Swann s Way and his ideas on Baudelaire in relation to Poe and the history of the flaneur have been echoed by numerous critics hence Really anyone interested in the art of writing needs to give some time to this collection The introduction is also a very compelling review of Benjamin s life and thought And thankfully at least in this collection but less so in Reflections he does not siphon his ideas on art through his sometimes annoying Marxist filter This is essential stuff 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 reface by Hannah Arendt gives insight into mindset and analytical style of Benjamin Offers erceptive 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 National Geographic Kids Almanac 2020 pastresent and how this all lays a role in examination of the self Makes me want to read some Proust but not sure I have the atience for it either seems very solipsistic and maybe a different time and lace 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 art 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 Gods and fighting men: the story of the Tuatha de Danaan and of the Fianna of Ireland, arranged and put into English by Lady Gregory 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 andoints 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 Charming the Firefighter preface this by saying that I think Benjamin truly knows how to dance around and with a subjectoking and rodding 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 resented the evolution of the Everyone Loves Clowns and Other Tales 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 oferson genius is fit to The Elements of Computing Systems: Building a Modern Computer from First Principles produce art his example is based on the art of writing his view is that a greater amount ofeople creating due to greater amount of reading ublic 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 calls it garbage and vulgarity that caters to lowest common denominators It s one of the aggravating excerpts I read I ve always had good thoughts about Huxley but this assage was a disappointment for me smacking of a real aristocratic superiority It s a view that not so subtly hints that art should be wal. The literary hilosophical works of Walter Benjamin 1892 1940 rank among the most uietly influential of the ost 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 ossessed one of the most acute and origi. Illuminationen