Constellation:- Entropy, Ecology and Modernity (session 5)

‘Let art be created. Let the world perish!’-  ‘spectacle’ versus ecology.

The artist Damien Hirst (in a 2002 interview with BBC News online) said he believed the terrorists responsible for the September 11 attacks “need congratulating” because they achieved “something which nobody would ever have thought possible” on an artistic level and changed ‘our visual language’. He later apologized.  From this we were asked, if alive today, what might Filippo Marinetti and Walter Benjamin have added to this debate?

When looking at Walter Benjamin and reading from ‘The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction’, I found a quote which could answer this question, “The history of every art form shows critical epochs in which a certain art form aspires to effects which could be fully obtained only with a changed technical standard, that is to say in a new art form. The extravagances and crudities of art which thus appear, particularly in the so-called decadent epochs, actually rise from the nucleus of its richest historical energies.”

I also found this quote from Filippo Marinetti, ‘The Foundation and Manifesto of Futurism’ where he says, ‘There is no masterpiece that has not an aggressive character.’

‘An architecture of Spectacle’


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