Unformatted text preview: Art was originally produced for cult purposes, the private expression of magic or religion. Reproduction in modern times has taken art further and further away from its cult traditions, placing concentration on political function rather than ritual, exhibition value rather than cult value. The invention of film photography perfectly represents the current state of human perception of art that mechanical reproduction has produced; the presence of the camera not only eliminates the untainted aura of the work through editing and camera angles, but also causes a distant gap between the actor and the viewers, turning each member the audience into a critic that forms an opinion corrupted by the general reactions of the masses rather than a personal connection....
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- Spring '07
- Middle Ages, Walter Benjamin, mechanical reproduction strips