Cabinet 42: Forgetting

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The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility, and Other Writings on Media

p Benjamin s famous Work of Art essay sets out his boldest thoughts on media and on culture in general in their most realized form while retaining an edge that gets under the skin of everyone who reads it In this essay the visual arts of the machine age morph into literature and theory and then back again to images gestures and thought p p This essay however is only the beginning of a vast collection of writings that the editors have assembled to demonstrate what was revolutionary about Benjamin s explorations on media Long before Marshall McLuhan Benjamin saw that the way a bullet rips into its victim is exactly the way a movie or pop song lodges in the soul p p This book contains the second and most daring of the four versions of the Work of Art essay the one that addresses the utopian developments of the modern media The collection tracks Benjamin s observations on the media as they are revealed in essays on the production and reception of art on film radio and photography and on the modern transformations of literature and painting The volume contains some of Benjamin s best known work alongside fascinating little known essays some appearing for the first time in English In the context of his passionate engagement with questions of aesthetics the scope of Benjamin s media theory can be fully appreciated p


Dada: Zurich, Berlin, Hannover, Cologne, New York, Paris

Along with Russian Constructivism and Surrealism Dada stands as one of the three most significant movements of the historical avant garde Born in the heart of Europe in the midst of World War I Dada displayed a raucous skepticism about accepted values Its embrace of new materials of collage and assemblage techniques of the designation of manufactured objects as art objects as well as its interest in performance sound poetry and manifestos fundamentally shaped the terms of modern art practice and created an abiding legacy for postwar art Yet while the word Dada has common currency few know much about Dada art itself In contrast to other key avant garde movements there has never been a major American exhibition that explores Dada specifically in broad view i Dada i the catalogue to the exhibition on view in at the National Gallery of Art in Washington and The Museum of Modern Art in New York presents the hybrid forms of Dada art through an examination of city centers where Dada emerged Zurich Berlin Cologne Hanover New York and Paris Covered here are works by some artists made in the period from circa when the Cabaret Voltaire was founded in Zurich to by which time most of the Dada groups had dispersed or significantly transformed The city sections bring together painting sculpture photography collage photomontage prints and graphic work br Relying on dynamic design and vivid documentary images i Dada i takes us through these six cities via topical essays and extensive plate sections an illustrated chronology of the movement witty chronicles of events in each city center a selected bibliography and biographies of each artist accompanied by Dada era photographs


Cahiers D'Art Revue, No. 1-2, 2013: Rosemarie Trockel

This second issue of the newly published Cahiers d Art Revue focuses predominately on the work of Rosemarie Trockel who s piece Clock Owner graces the cover In addition to the feature on Trockel the publication also introduces the work of Fischli and Weiss Le Corbusier Inge Mahn Absalon and Riccardo Paratore


Cahiers D'Art Revue, No. 1-2, 2013, French Language Edition: Rosemarie Trockel

This second issue of the newly published Cahiers d Art Revue focuses predominately on the work of Rosemarie Trockel who s piece Clock Owner graces the cover In addition to the feature on Trockel the publication also introduces the work of Fischli and Weiss Le Corbusier Inge Mahn Absalon and Riccardo Paratore