Walter Benjamin- Work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction

“The traces of the first can be revealed only by chemical or physical analyses which it is impossible to perform on a reproduction; changes of ownership are subject to a tradition which must be traced from the situation of the original”

I’ve been looking into the idea of reinterpreting my sculptures into a large scale like Barry Flanagan’s sculptures, however after reading the work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction i decided against it as if i reinterpreted the sculptures the wouldn’t have the original quality of the firsts ones made. The fingerprints and the directs trace of the hand print would all be lost which defeats the whole reason of why i made the sculptures, which was wanting the viewer to be able to handle them and feel a personal connection to myself when they do so.

However from this i have started looking into copies and replicas of work, a fake trace and if the same personal connection with a object can be obtained even it if is a copy.

 

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