Tag: Mechanical Reproduction

The Ancient Craft of the Beautiful (group C)

At the heart of Benjamin’s conception of art in modernity is the binary opposition of cult value and exhibition value. His assertion that “artistic production begins with ceremonial objects destined to serve in a cult” (108), notes a particular marriage between the artifact and object-oriented-belief. Cult value functions when an art-object is held as “an instrument of magic” (109), and…