Fra «On (Surplus) Value in Art»

… the artistic commodity not only contains the abstraction of the artist’s living labor, together with all of the labor previously invested in art school, nightlife, and Bohemian existence. It also contains the additional, non-artistic living labor of the labor of the artist’s employees and assistants as well as that of subsidiary firms such as printers, foundries, etc. In addition however, it further — and above all — contains the spiritual management of all these subordinate types of labor by a director, a person in charge. This director, then, performs intellectual labor, and a steadily growing amount of such labor, which cannot be described in detail but which acquires a metaphysical index in the mediated presence [Vermittelheit] of the artist’s traces, in the mediated presence of the aura and its conversion into an «as-if aura».

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