Saturday, May 9, 2015

5/2 Walter Benjamin: "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction


"Some have argued that Picasso's style was influenced by film. His style later referred to as "cubism" reveals another radical reconstruction of experience. If Armstrong and Eisenstein reveal radical new experiences of time in their work, then Picasso's paintings represent a new conception of space that defies the conventional linearity and separation of objects. Similarly, Eisenstein's film editing, being a visual form, also transforms the spatial configurations of objects, allowing the viewer to see combinations and sequences of imagery that could never occur in reality, and allows the director to juxtapose or combine distinct, unrelated images together."

In Cubist artwork, objects are analyzed, broken up and reassembled in an abstracted forming objects from one viewpoint, the artist shows the subject from a multitude of viewpoints to represent the subject in a greater context. The impact of Cubism was wide-ranging. Cubism spread rapidly across the globe and in doing so evolved to greater or lesser extent. In essence, Cubism was the starting point of an evolutionary processes that produced diversity; it was the antecedent of diverse art movements.

article 139

''Sunday and other state holidays are designated as days of rest from work and spiritual collection and are such, protected by law".

This means that the German are given days off on Sunday and special holidays. The government protects this decision.I chose this because its important that people are given days off in order to rest or spend time with their family. I believe business owners should get to decide if they want to open or not.



Whoever wants to engage in politics at all, and especially in politics as a vocation, has to realize these ethical paradoxes. He must know that he is responsible for what he may become of himself under the impact of these paradoxes. I repeat, he lets himself in for the diabolic forces lurking in all violence. The great virtuosi of acosmic love of humanity and goodness whether stemming from Nazareth or Assisi or from Indian royal castles, have not operated with the political means of violence. Their kingdom was ‘not of this world’ and yet they worked and still work in this world. The figures of Platon Karatajev and the saints of Dostoievski still remain their most adequate reconstructions. He who seeks the salvation of the soul of his own and of others, should not seek it along the avenue of politics, for the quite different tasks of politics can only be solved by violence [italics added]. The genius or demon of politics lives in an inner tension with the god of love, as well as with the Christian God as expressed by the church.

Many politicians compare capitalism with religion to deliver their argument. Many people state that in the capitalist world, anyone that works hard can be successful and in many religious believes, it is said that if a person is a hard worker, then he/she will be entitled to many great things. I chose this article because people should know the intensity of politics. Many of congressman and individuals pursue politics but do not realize that it could literally ruin lives. Defaming, lying and bribing one another can become destructive for the people in the community.


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Expressionism: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Silent movies have never been my favorite however I can appreciate what it has portrayed. The silent movie was based emotions.  It felt scary but it was also creative. The cover-up of the actors made it seem so realistic and intense. This film relates to the class because it shows the expressionist movement in Germany.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Nihilism in Germany

"Besides the brahmins, Siddhartha joins with the ascetic samanas who he joins with at first after leaving his father. After learning techniques of meditation, fasting, and other acts of self-discipline Siddhartha begins to grow tired with this lifestyle as he begins to suspect that all this self-control is unnecessary and ultimately fails to do what it is supposed to--lead to salvation"

I believe having self control will lead you to salvation. Self control will empower others to become productive and disciplined. It could prevent many issues society may bring us. It is a trait that not many have, but those that do will be a step closer in achieving their goals.