Simon Lindgren: “Paris” becomes cyberspace, and “works of art” a metaphor for the forms of visual expression communicated through the internet.

“Benjamin says that “(t)he street conducts the flâneur into a vanished time” (Arcades M1,2), much like cyberspace leads it surfers into timelessness. He goes on to say that “everything potentially taking place . . . is perceived simultaneously;” “far-off times and places interpenetrate the landscape and the present moment;” “(t)he most heterogeneous temporal elements . . . coexist” (Arcades M1a,3; M2,4; M9,4). Benjamin further describes modernity in terms of a relativisation of space: “The cathedral leaves its locale to be received in the studio of a lover of art; the choral production, performed in an auditorium or in the open air, resounds in the drawing room” (“Work of Art” II).”

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