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Modernity &The Shock of the New History& Aesthesis of Photography Professor Rubenstein February 1 st , 2008 Kilby King
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Modernity is the idea that the present is discontinuous with the past, that through a process of cultural change. During 19 th Century, Gustave Eiffel was an architect who created the Eiffel Tower. The tower was finished in 1889, as the focal point of the Paris World’s Fair. For Europeans, the great metaphor of this sense of change was this tower because of its master-image, the one structure that seemed to gather all the meanings of modernity together. The purpose of why the Eiffel Tower was built as the entrance arch for the Exposition Universelle, a World’s Fair, marking the celebration of the French Revolution. The tower was the guardian of the future and it became the first public structure that stole everyone’s attention. Also it gave people a chance to see what we see from a plane when we fly or could get a idea from seeing the Statue of Liberty, which France gave to America in a gesture of friendship. It helped people to change the life and developed the modernity. To others, the tower is used as an embodiment of Paris, the symbol of the city, to set the scene for a film or other work centered on the city. For example, The Real World Paris show was filmed in France and it was on the Music Television Video network during 2003, and the tower was seen. The structure that embodied this change took place in France and it is France as the avant- garde leader in art. The architecture in France dealt with modernist thought. The main point was that the Tower had an audience of millions of people were inspired by the feeling of a new age that the Eiffel Tower made concrete. The characteristic flat, patterned space of modern art was already under development before the Tower was built, but the idea of space that it provoked, a flatness that contained ideas of dynamism, movement, and the quality of abstraction inherent in structures and maps, was also the space in which a lot of the most advanced European art were done. “ Nobody except a few intrepid balloonists had ever risen a thousand feet from the earth. Consequently, the bird’s- eye view of nature or townscape was an extreme and rare curiosity.” (Hughes page 14). It was once
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