By Kia Lindroos
Kia Lindroos's research is a philosophical reconstruction of Walter Benjamin's pondering, and it elaborates a cairologic standpoint on political and aesthetic time. As Benjamin's pondering has turn into actualised, specifically within the twentieth fin de siecle, the booklet offers an in depth view of his pondering. Kia Lindroos constructs an alternate interpretation on background, time, politics and artwork, approached throughout the second of the Now (Jetztzeit). within the first part, she elaborates the critique of chronologic-linear approach of knowing historical past. via an in depth analyzing of Benjamin's "Work of artwork" essay, the second one part examines the issues of origins, authenticity and traditions of paintings in the course of the rules of inventive avant-garde and politicization of aesthetics. the top of the booklet discusses the idea that of photograph and the hot pictures as an Image-space (Bildraum) of motion. The ancient examples of the interwar political and inventive scenes, in addition to the research of Chris Marker's brief movie "La Jete", illustrate the tips constructed in the course of the booklet, and express the photographs of time through establishing the person event in the direction of extra collective temporal stories, corresponding to dying, dreaming and reminiscence.
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This notation allows me to pay attention to his methodological approach on historiography , as well as on writing in general. The writing and understanding of history are intertwi ned in a reflecting relationship . This is further emphasised in Benjamin's frag mentary style of writing: the events as well as their commentaries are presented as open and infinite. This includes the chance to temporarily finalise one's interpretation in his or her own historical context. The events commented on are conceived of as crystallisations of histories and times which lack any cornmon continuity.
This is a topic which was repeated in the Enlightenment critique of the baro que i rratio, in which the Ratio is thought of as overcoming the demonic (Entdemonisi erung)39 Attempting to fulfil time with the contents that were once already elimina ted is a matter of having to accept more profane ideas, such as Eros , as signi fying human temporality. According to Tillich, the idea of asceticism should also concern the question of how to deal with 'destiny' and creativity, and not only with the Logos.
There are also hypoth etically many temporal indexes which confront each other in various concepts of time and which also create further temporal differences in the concepts of past and present. The main motive for this rever sed image seems to be that history should stop repeating itself, or that the perception of history might come to an 'awakening' through recognising its temporal diversity. 49 6 . ON TEXT AND QUOTATION n reconstructing Benj amin's ideas on historical time, these repetitive and essential questions come up: how and of what elements is history 'compo sed', who is the composer and how is it p ossible to reach past events in a con temporary situation?