The picture that I captured is a view looking back on North Rodeo Drive. This street is located in LA and is the epicenter of all the “rich person businesses.” This street is lined with names like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and tons of other places that most people can only dream of shopping in. Walter Benjamin stated that “even the most perfect reproduction of a work of art is lacking in one element: time and space” (3). This outlook hits the nail on the head because, as I said before, most people wish they could go there. By looking at this photograph I can imagine I’m in that sunny weather, palm trees waving, dropping thousands of dollars on new clothes, but the reality begs to differ. It’s winter time, and I’m still here in Vancouver. As enticing as the photo looks, it can’t do anything to transport me to a different time or a different place.
Another point that Walter Benjamin makes is that “the unique existence of the work of art determined the history to which it was subject throughout the time of its existence. This includes…various changes in its ownership” (3). Even though I’m sure many of the stores on Rodeo Drive have changed owners, managers, and other employees through the years, it doesn’t change their reputation for offering quality (and expensive) personal effects. Part of the reason they do charge such high prices, though, is that they have been around for a long time and have built themselves a following. This could be classified as being “subject to history” in the sense that it validates the companies.
This is a picture of the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.This Wall is believed to have been constructed around twenty BC and has been a place that people from all over the world come to pray. Although this wall has been around for over two thousand years, it still continues to be a popular place of worship and tourism. Even though many things have taken place since the wall was first constructed, war, famine, etc. . . this has always been a place that the Israeli people can pray and reflect. It is amazing that as technology and culture continue to grow and are always morphing into something different, there are still some places that can be a window back in time.
In Walter Benjamin’s article “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” he talks about the fact that the technology is stopping us from experiencing these moments in time. (3) It is this statement that I want to focus on. Benjamin says that “even the most perfect reproduction of a work of art is lacking in one element: its presence in time and space.” (3) While this can be true, how can you say that this photo of the Wailing Wall, which has been around for a long time, is lacking time and space? Can we say that something is lacking in time and space, if it is timeless and has never changed? Even though there can be a disconnect between someone and a photo of the Ayers Rock in Australia. I don’t see how a photo of something that has been going on for thousands of years can be lacking in time or space.
The image from the film, the Matrix, and the video clip we have watched relevantly relates to humans based on who invented it and who or what can access it. The movements that happen in the video of there creating of the raining code, the size, shape, and form are all created by humans. Technology was made, by theory, to simplify complications for humans, like ourselves. According to the article, “As We May Think,” Vannevar Bush explains that, “If scientific reasoning were limited to the logical processes of arithmetic, we should not get far in our understanding of the physical world,” (Bush 42). This visually represents what humans seek to find in technologies like computers, an infinite ‘fountain’ of knowledge. We may find ourselves thinking about something and wondering why characters on screen move the way they do and so on. If we actually think about it, if humans can do it, the numbers and other figures of computer science can be used to create the characterized figure just like the one in the Matrix. Without humans, inventions wouldn’t be made. The matrix was made by human ability and of course, computers. The numbers used is relevantly used to create movement, and do things that cause humans on screen to look alive. Many of us look at technology differently and we all have our sources to how it relates to humans. The fact being that humans are creating it all makes me realize how much it takes for a human to consume all the computer science information possible to do these things.