Making the Perfect Record: From Inscription to Impression in Early Magnetic Recording

Fascinated by the Grandiose and Ephemeral

30. At several moments in The Arcades Project, Benjamin mentions the Crystal Palace Exhibition (or the Great Exhibition). Of most interest to him is the colossal character of the event, the ephemeral architecture (a palace made of glass) built for it, and the relationship of both with free trade and commodity culture.

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