Ideology

The 1930’s saw a great deal of debate among leading German Marxist theorists in the area of aesthetics. Georg Lukacs, Ernst Bloch, Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin and Bertolt Brecht were all active contributors.  Their writings take off in every direction from the nucleus of a general assumption: that art is, in some manner or form, political. Where “universal mind” reaches its potential in the context of the state through the instrumentalities of art, religion and philosophy, the belief prevailed among them that art was both a product and a reflection of the social totality of which it was a part. The question they pursued, then, was never “Is art political?” or “Does art reflect the basic social and economic facts of capitalist society?”–a question to which they would have unanimously assented–but rather “Which art is progressive, which reactionary?” from ideology and art – Walter Benjamin.

This made me think about how art is used politically to send a message and create an ideology or belief through this.. a good example is newspapers. 

Imagery is used to create a message for the reader, would an image of Cameron by himself have had the same effect? …what is the use of posterizing the image with colour?

Newspaper Comic art.

On the other hand – politically, art is also used humourously to show the negatives and failings of the government – Art is used in politics, to send a message to the reader quickly and easily. – in this way it is used to create reactions.

By Rosie Curtis

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