the aura effect

There has been an idea of reproducing of something for ages. A writing, a thought or a memory may be wanted to be lived again by people. As the world is growing and people are getting increased, it goes so on. However, among these things, the art is the one of the most indispensible. That is, to be able to see a work of art is relieving; so people ask them to exist everwhere. All the same people have been dealed with this issue according to the technology of the time they are in.

Walter Benjamin indicates the invariability of reproducing by saying this;

Bronzes, terra cottas, and coins were the only art works which they could produce in quantity. All others were unique and could not be mechanically reproduced…. During the Middle Ages engraving and etching were added to the woodcut; at the beginning of the nineteenth century lithography made its appearance.(1)

How much does its unity decrease ,while a work of art is reproduced? Or can we say whether there has been left a concept of unity? When we take into consider a work of art, we need to take care of the environment in which that work has been produced. When this composition is produced again, it unfortunately cannot be the same as before. It loses its own special atmosphere. It cannot maintain the same effect. It becomes just a being of massive.

Let’s think about a photograph.So many times ago there was a negative and positive side.  Even in that time while it could be discussed if it was a work of art or not, there is not any dilemma about this, today.  I can, for example; draw a photograph on a paper which I would like to and as I wish.So which one of them is the real art? Is the thing we define as a composition that the instant of that photo was taken or on display in some place so that everybody can see it? I can see that photograph on the computer or on a newspaper. Which one gives me the aura of the composition? Which one is the real composition?

…An aura is a field of subtle, luminous radiation surrounding a person or object (like the halo or aureola in religious art). The depiction of such an aura often connotes a person of particular power or holiness… (2)

According to Walter Benjamin, when a work of art is reproduced with technical ways, this composition loses its unity and exclusive property and aura. 

The feeling and aura of having been lived when gone to the real place of the composition is more different than to see on the computer monitor. However, on the other hand, the works that you examine on the computer can be examined and seen more detailed that real. That is , we can have opportunity to see all its details closely. The image which perhaps may not be seen from this angle again comes to your eyes. This may be something that is alienated from the atmosphere of composition; however it presents us utterly different angle.

Pınar EMRE

http://www.marxists.org/reference/subject/philosophy/works/ge/benjamin.htm (1)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aura_(paranormal) (2)


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