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Thinking about God in an Age of Technology$
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George Pattison

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199279777

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199279772.001.0001

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The Religion of Art in an Age of Technology

The Religion of Art in an Age of Technology

(p.218) 9 The Religion of Art in an Age of Technology
Thinking about God 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

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