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    Walter Benjamin and the technological unconscious

    Leslie, Esther (2010) Walter Benjamin and the technological unconscious. In: Andreotti, L. (ed.) Spielraum: W. Benjamin and Architecture. Thinking Space. Paris: Editions de la Villette. ISBN 9782915456608.

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    Book synopsis: The city is what Benjamin calls a Spielraum , a play area but also flexibility. The crucial moments of the past operated with the process of updating to give them a new life out of the dream state, returned in a present tense between memory, hope and omen. With admirable lucidity Hannah Arendt paid tribute to his work: "The thinker, the fed now works with" bursts of thought "that can tear the past and gather around. As the pearl diver who goes to the bottom of the sea, not to excavate and bring it to the light of day, but to snatch the rich and strange, pearls and corals, and wear, as fragments on the surface the day, he plunges into the depths of the past, but not to revive as it was and contribute to the renewal of dead epochs. " This pearl fisher, this book examines the work under four approaches designed as fragments drawn from this great poem of display is the city at the age of crowds. The first focuses on the process of association and analogy as those of imagination and dreams is a set of concepts listed in the heart of the most important chapters of Das Werk-Passages . The second deals with dreamlike worlds XX th century and focuses specifically on the relationship between architecture, film and popular press. The third section provides a comparative approach to address the architecture in an interdisciplinary perspective as a critical interface between the mass and the individual. The last section explores concepts or procedures specific to Benjamin, from his notions of aura and mechanical reproducibility to its methods of textual editing and his theory of a "second" technology.


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