Politics of the Useless: The Work of Art in Benjamin and Heidegger
Tuesday 8 March, 12.30 - 2.00pm
Graham Wallas Room (A550), Fifth Floor, Old building, LSE
Chair: Jonathan Lahey Dronsfield, Reader in Theory and Philosophy
of Art, University of Reading
David Ferris, Professor of Humanities and Comparative Literature, University of Colorado at Boulder
In this talk, David Ferris will examine the use and uselessness of art with respect to its political significance. The talk will focus on two almost contemporary works, Benjamin's 'The Work of art in the Age of its Technical Reproducibility', and Heidegger's 'The Origin of the Work of Art', including the different, evolving versions of each of these works.