Ahwa Habeeb

Ahwa Habeeb

In an era of postmodernism, the continuous rise of digital mediums has allowed the work of art to be easily reproducible. This is the apex of Copy/Paste Culture, a culture in which originality is no longer a primitive. The online immediacy of the work of art has made it so that the presence of a three- dimensional artwork is becoming valueless. Classically, the work of art was appreciated not because of how accessible it was, but simply because it existed. Artworks that remained in a ‘fixed placeʼ had a certain aura they emitted, forming a point of worship that had religious and magical connotations. In this era of postmodernism, we no longer find this point of worship in artworks that remain in a fixed place. Due to the democratisation of technologic means, the work of art is forever accessible to us. Because of this, there exists a modern worshiplessness, even in the true presence of the work of art. Our modern point of worship is one that is very idealised, an exteriority which we hold up to perfection, in the same way that those classical works of art were once worshipped because of their religious and magical connotations.

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