Search Results: Articles containing "Walter Benjamin"
In Theory, New in Ceasefire - Tuesday, February 18, 2014 19:51 - 5 Comments
Walter Benjamin was an incisive commentator on everyday life, particularly spaces and objects. In the final part of his eight-part series, Andrew Robinson discusses a range of Benjamin’s observations on everyday life – including his writings on cities, his discussions of character, and various everyday ephemera – and surveys the German thinker’s relevance today.
In Theory, New in Ceasefire - Tuesday, December 31, 2013 15:06 - 8 Comments
In the penultimate essay in his series on Walter Benjamin, Andrew Robinson examines the critique of the state in Benjamin’s much-discussed “Critique of Violence”. Robinson explains why Benjamin saw the state as an expression of a fatalistic worldview, what kind of action he believed could destroy oppression, and what this means for the possibilities of diffuse social power.
In Theory, New in Ceasefire - Friday, November 15, 2013 15:20 - 6 Comments
Walter Benjamin’s relevance for activists today is most strongly felt in his works on social transformation. In the sixth of eight pieces on Benjamin, Andrew Robinson explores the Theses on History, and discusses the revolutionary implications of allegory, collecting, citation, DIY, and time.
In Theory, New in Ceasefire - Friday, October 18, 2013 20:27 - 5 Comments
As a critical theorist and revolutionary, Walter Benjamin sought the political transformation of the arts as a means to bring about social change. In the fifth of an eight-part series, Andrew Robinson discusses Benjamin’s work on cultural politics, covering the topics of Surrealism, storytelling and cultural production.
In Theory, New in Ceasefire - Wednesday, August 14, 2013 0:00 - 5 Comments
The context of economic crisis and rising fascism cast a long, and fatal, shadow over Walter Benjamin’s world. This shadow strangely prefigures contemporary problems, with the economy once more in crisis and the far right on the rise. In the fourth of his eight-part series, Andrew Robinson discusses Benjamin’s analyses of the effects of economic crisis on everyday life in Germany, and his account of fascism as the ‘aestheticisation of politics’.
In Theory, New in Ceasefire - Friday, June 14, 2013 17:59 - 35 Comments
How has capitalism affected our experiences of art and the media? In the third of his eight-part series on critical theorist Walter Benjamin, Andrew Robinson examines Benjamin’s famous thesis that mechanical reproduction has transformed the arts, and explores what a ‘political art’ might look like.
In Theory, New in Ceasefire - Friday, May 10, 2013 14:13 - 2 Comments
Walter Benjamin claims that mainstream, common-sense views of language are ideological – but what does he put in their place? What kind of writing practices does he encourage? In the second part of his series on Benjamin, Andrew Robinson discusses various texts on language, translation and mimesis.
In Theory, New in Ceasefire - Thursday, April 4, 2013 0:00 - 5 Comments
Walter Benjamin is one of the most influential critical theorists of the early twentieth century. His writings include original theories of the state, fascism and revolution. In the first instalment of a new eight-part series, Andrew Robinson introduces Benjamin’s approach, and outlines his methodology.
New in Ceasefire - Tuesday, January 17, 2017 0:00 - 0 Comments
Ideas | “Writing of a sort that wasn’t supposed to exist anymore”: Mark Fisher Remembered (1968 – 2017)
Owen Hatherley remembers Mark Fisher, the radical writer, and friend, who has recently passed away.
Books, New in Ceasefire - Thursday, November 8, 2012 6:27 - 2 Comments
Media representations of Pakistan often portray it as a backward country fuelled by religious extremism. But, as Saadia Toor shows in her insightful new book, reviewed for Ceasefire by Shozab Raza, the complex history of the Left in Pakistan offers a much more compelling explanation for the country’s current predicament – and gives some clues with regard to its future.
New in Ceasefire, Radical Aesthetics - Saturday, April 23, 2011 0:00 - 2 Comments
In Theory - Friday, January 21, 2011 14:29 - 3 Comments
In his last column, Andrew Robinson introduced the work of Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben. This week, he continues his assessment of Agamben by examining the basis for revolutionary political action and resistance to sovereignty that emerges from Agamben’s work.
Columns, Ideas, In Theory - Friday, August 6, 2010 15:53 - 9 Comments
In Theory, New in Ceasefire - Wednesday, June 22, 2016 14:35 - 2 Comments
In the third essay of his series on Brazilian revolutionary dramatist Augusto Boal, Andrew Robinson explores Boal’s analyses of classical and bourgeois theatre, as well as his criticisms of modern mass media such as television.
New in Ceasefire, On Corporate Power - Tuesday, October 25, 2011 4:22 - 3 Comments
Ruling class philanthropists have maintained a long history of subsuming educational needs to capitalist growth prerogatives. In his latest column, Michael Barker looks at how industrial education served as “a major force in the subjugation of black labour in the New South” in the United States.
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