The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction – A classic reading

Everyone involved in the fashion industry should read this classic piece of writing from Walter Benjamin. I say ‘Everyone’, but I expressly mean that young designers, and people who have decided to dedicate their lives to the practice of making things would see their practice enriched after reading this piece of writing about the state of our desires and society. The “aura”, or the “soul” of an object comes into question, as an extension of the intrinsic qualities of the work.

Be sure to also read “The conquest of ubiquity“, by Paul Valery, in order to understand where Benjamin started his thinking.

 The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (HTML link)

By Walter Benjamin

Here is a somewhat old-looking, but nonetheless wonderful video made by a man named John Berger. It is a continuation of the things that Walter Benjamin was trying to express.

Here are a couple of videos that explain, in their own way, what Walter Benjamin was trying to say.

………..and the chorus sings:……..who killed Walter Benjamin?