Now-time Image-space: Temporalization of Politics in Walter by Kia Lindroos

By Kia Lindroos

Kia Lindroos's learn is a philosophical reconstruction of Walter Benjamin's considering, and it elaborates a cairologic standpoint on political and aesthetic time. As Benjamin's pondering has turn into actualised, in particular within the twentieth fin de siecle, the publication offers an in depth view of his considering. Kia Lindroos constructs another interpretation on heritage, time, politics and paintings, approached throughout the second of the Now (Jetztzeit). within the first part, she elaborates the critique of chronologic-linear manner of figuring out heritage. via a detailed analyzing of Benjamin's "Work of paintings" essay, the second one part examines the issues of origins, authenticity and traditions of artwork during the rules of creative avant-garde and politicization of aesthetics. the top of the e-book discusses the idea that of photo and the hot pictures as an Image-space (Bildraum) of motion. The ancient examples of the interwar political and creative scenes, in addition to the research of Chris Marker's brief movie "La Jete", illustrate the information built in the course of the booklet, and exhibit the pictures of time by way of establishing the person event in the direction of extra collective temporal studies, resembling dying, dreaming and reminiscence.

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One side cannot be understood without the other, and Benj amin also used awakening as a metaphor for a political awakening. Altogether, Benjamin's idea here was to construct a history of Paris, in order to awaken the present from this mythical dream of the past century. If it is possible to construct an image (of the future) that does not have the elements of the present or past, how then can we construct the future of, as yet, non-existent material? The mixture forms a third image of the future, a wish proj ected towards the future (Wunschbilder, PW: 46-47)33 • These images are , acc ording to Benj amin , constructed against the close past (lungstver­ gangene).

3 9 , Benjamin brought the Day of ] udgement before the eyes o f intellectuals (cf. 1 940: VIII, XI-XIII) . The pact was a shock, which made Benj amin sensitive in recognising the course that history had been leading up to , and this situation made him write the Theses as a 'revision' o f historical materialism. Benjamin deciphered the situation as resulting from the determining and phantasmagoric belief o f historical and political progress. The action which he wished to rejuvenate was grounded in the idea of acknowledging the present situation.

As Benj amin refers t o the religious origins o f the understanding of happi­ ness , this leads us to think further about the temporal nature of redemption, within the context of its theological aspects, especially in its jewish messianic form. According to Gershom Scholem, the Christian and jewish ideas of mes­ sianism are significantly different from each other. jewish messianism includes the idea of redemption as happening openly on the 'stage of history' , whereas the Christian idea of redemption is thought t o happen in the sphere of the invi­ sible, in the unique soul of a person.

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