Open discussion the reading “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” by German philosopher Walter Benjamin, as well as the response letter from his colleague critic and philosopher Theodore Adorno. Both thinkers were among the most prominent critics of the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory who have demonstrated their continuing influence on the fields of artistic production and criticism within the challenges of our contemporary context.
Walter Bendix Schönflies Benjamin was a German Jewish philosopher, cultural critic and essayist. An eclectic thinker, combining elements of German idealism, Romanticism, Western Marxism, and Jewish.
Theodor W. Adorno was a German philosopher, sociologist, psychologist and composer known for his critical theory of society.
The meeting will also feature a group critique session around artworks presented by two of the club members, in addition to other material from international contemporary art. The readings both in Arabic and English are available within the event discussion posts.