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