[NetBehaviour] A statement
ken at sqallp.freeserve.co.uk
Wed Mar 17 10:31:43 CET 2010
On 16 Mar 2010, at 19:28, Curt Cloninger wrote:
> Hi all,
> I would just chime in here and reference Benjamin's famous "art in
> the age of mechanical reproduction" essay written way back in 1935.
> He notes the difference between painting as stationary/unique/cult
> object vs. photography and film as mobile/multiple/aura-emptied
> object(s). Benjamin recognizes a fundamental difference between
> painting and photography -- a difference related to their
> distribution and reception rather than simply their technical modes
> of production. A million people can watch a James Cameron movie on
> the same day, but a million people can't view the Mona Lisa on the
> same day. This difference matters in terms of critical reception,
> institutional politics, marketing, economics, space, time.
> You can call a James Cameron movie a painting if you like. You can
> call amazon.com architecture if you like. You can call a generative
> software algorithm improvisational theater if you like. What is
> gained and what is lost by such analogies? At this point, "painting"
> may gain more from being associated with "new media" than new media
> gains from being associated with painting.
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