6.30-7.45pm | Wednesday 11 September 2002
The Hayward Gallery, South Bank, London
Murray Smith, Film Studies, University of Kent
Simon Glendinning, Philosophy, University of Reading
Walter Benjamin argues that the capacity to reproduce artworks photographically alters the nature of art, dissolving its ‘aura’ by erasing its uniqueness. More recently Roger Scruton has argues that films and photography are essentially excluded from the possibility of aesthetic achievement. In this session, Murray Smith, Professor of Film Studies at the University of Kent, defends art created by mechanical means and explores the complex relationship between technology – including new technologies – and aesthetic value.
Entrance with exhibition ticket – £3, £2 concessions and free to Forum members