History and Theory, Bezalel //   Issue No. 22 - On the Sensual in Art, October 2011
The State of Installation: A Critical Reading in the History of Installation Art Following Heidegger and Benjamin
Yael Ben-Simon

This essay places together the two important themes of Walter Benjamin and Martin Heidegger regarding the power of the work of art, and investigates their presence in today's art world. It examines the similarities and the differences between the two thinkers, and by that exposes the almost opposed ideology that stands behind each of them. While Benjamin is yearning for a world in which art is a catalyst for critical and democratic processes, Heidegger is invigorating its aura as a sign of the presence of truth in it.
These two orientations are present in today's art world. The interesting case of Installation Art that originated from the oppositional Avant-Guard art of the mid 20th century and turned into the "queen" of museum shows, is a good platform to examine this relationship between the ethic and the aesthetic ,or as Benjamin sees it, between the aesthetization of the political and the politicization of the aesthetic. This essay is mapping and analyzing this relationship.


This paper was submitted in Hebrew, please switch to the Hebrew section of the issue.


About the Author :
Yael Ben-Simon is a graduate of the BFA program in the Fine Arts Department, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. In the fall of 2010 studied at Parsons the New School as a visiting student. Currently living in Tel-Aviv

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