It’s where cultural studies goes to get loose

September 6, 2009

Pratt Students Hard at Work

Pratt Students Hard at Work

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One Response to “It’s where cultural studies goes to get loose”

  1. Marzena Says:

    “…the desire of contemporary masses (is to) bring things “closer” spacially and humanly, which is just as ardent as their bent towards overcoming the uniqueness of every reality by accepting its reproduction…” This relates to the “social basis of the contemporary decay of the aura.” (4).

    Discussion questions:
    1. Do art works really have an “aura” or this uniqueness, or is this perception simply educated into its viewers, as Bordeau suggests. Does this emphasis on “aura” lead down the dangerous path towards this ahistorical ideological construct of “genius?”
    2. Does reproducing art works really overcome their uniqueness? Could it also be read as disarming the ideology under which art is produced and the space it occupies in society? Is this “bringing things closer” exclusive to art, or can it be taken further into other realms of cultural analysis?


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