Reaction Essay on Movie “Shadow Magic” and Article “the Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” by Walter Benjamin.

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After reading the article on The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction by Walter Benjamin, it gives a lot of things to think about art these days and how it should be, whether the thinking of Walter Benjamin is relevant to our age of society these days is a different part of the story but how he interprets art in the article is a totally different thing, so let us view a bit about his article. “Our fine arts were developed, their types and uses were established, in times very different from the present, by men whose power of action upon things was insignificant in comparison with ours. But the amazing growth of our techniques, the adaptability and precision they have attained, the ideas and habits they are creating, make…show more content…
I feel that he has a lot of valid points when he says that our mass production and reproduction of art does not contain the aura that it is supposed to be. This is true because reproduction does not give the audience a private feeling towards the work of art since it is not the real thing, it is only a reproduction. A whole new perception of art is introduced to us, but at the same time, it also gives a whole new meaning of the art and a mode of distraction to the audience. The aura of arts in the mechanical world, as Walter said, has been moved into a mythological space and into the cult of genius.

Moving on to the similarities between his article and the movie “Shadow Magic” that has been directed by Ann Hu. When seeing the movie and trying to relate with Walter’s article, I think the most crucial and obvious part is about the aura that Walter has been mentioning again and again in his writing. Quoting what he said,

“…the unique phenomenon of a distance, however close it may be.”

As I said before, the aura of art is different when human reproduces it because it has lost its aura because we do not experience the original thing and seeing that we can see almost everything at a gallery, it is totally relevant. In the movie Shadow Magic, it proven my point when in the last scene, people were totally captivated by the view of the top of The Great Wall of China. The audience was not really at the top of the Great Wall but the

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