The Religion of Art in an Age of Technology

George Pattison

in Thinking about God in an Age of Technology

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780199279777
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603464 | DOI:
 The Religion of Art in an Age of Technology

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Since early modern times, art has paralleled religion in its response to technology as illustrated by Ruskin’s thoughts on the colour purple. Heidegger also turned to art, especially the poetry of Hölderlin, as an alternative to technology. Against the background of Benjamin’s essay on ‘The Work of Art in the Age of Technical Reproducibility’, the question is asked whether the thoroughly technicized art of film can become a focus for such creative counter-technological thinking. A positive answer is developed with reference to Andrei Tarkovsky’s film Nostalgia.

Keywords: art; Ruskin; Heidegger; Hölderlin; Benjamin; film; Tarkovsky; Nostalgia

Chapter.  11867 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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