Thoughts from my class “Recent Methods and Approaches” in the Digital Arts and New Media program.
A response to Walter Benjamin’s “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” and Anne Collins Goodyear’s “From Technophilia to Technophobia: The Impact of the Vietnam War on the Reception of ‘Art and Technology’“, LEONARDO, Vol. 41, No. 2, pp. 169-173, 2008.
The concept of “aura” as a feature of authentic artworks, as discussed by Benjamin in “The work of art in the age of mechanical reproducibility” seems to inhere in the object and therefore privileges the object as a