We will read Another Art World, Part 1: Art Communism and Artificial Scarcity
by David Graeber and Nika Dubrovsky
The idea for this reading group came from a question Max Puchalsky asked while reading Walter Benjamin’s text The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
Max Puchalsky: I was also thinking about Another Art World, which seems at odds with Benjamin’s celebration of the death of cult value. Benjamin thinks that it is necessary to disenchant things so they loose their authority and can be subjected to criticism. In this way, the masses can rediscover a revolutionary potential and consciousness that will be primed through mass produced art (i.e. film). Another Art World calls instead for a reclamation of the sacred away from hierarchical forms of sacralizing authority but leaves the question open: “What precisely are the forms of the sacred appropriate to the communal notion of social welfare?”
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