Saturday, 23 February 2013

Jean Baudrillard and Simulation - the copy

We had a lecture the other day which was very relevant to my work and my essay that I'm currently writing. Due to it's relation to appropriation and the copy.

The idea of the copy 

  • uncanny repetition 
  • feelings of deception and anxiety 
  • de-establishing singularity 
  • with the twin towers they had to destroy both of them to make it meaningful - with this though we weren't seeing anything new it was a replication of a hollywood film.
  • blurring between reality and fantasy 
  • Plato said reality lives in a world of ideal forms 
  • we see a world of shadows 

  • Albrecht Durer replicated his work but his signature made it original
  • He set what a rhinoceros looked like as he drew one from a description and other artists would look to his drawing and replicate it in their work as they didn't know what a rhinoceros looked like - but there copy is still original in their work

  • Eduard Manet - portraiture - he wanted to make a copy of life and not make n idealistic image. 
  • Georges Seurat - turns painting into something mechanical like photography - which copies life and is made up of tiny dots, so he painted in dots
  • Roy Lichtenstein-relates to 4 colour printing of dots, pokes fun at authenticity and looks at pop culture and comics
  • Andy Warhol - did painting by numbers works showing its mechanical process . when images are massed produced they loose their impact - eg. with his car crash images theres so many you just see the image and not the devastation 
  • Charles Ray - life size model of a model fire truck - a moment of certainty to uncertainty
  • Thomas Dernand - Makes models or real things / sites with significance and photographs them so they look actual size. 
  • Allan McCollum - Thought he didn't need to make any new pictures as theres so many already . He took pictures that he saw on the tv behind actors and photographed them and blew them up. He thinks they are surrogates of the real images and are standing in for the need to make any new images. - but he did make new images doing this !

  • At Disney World people think the have experienced something simulated and when you leave , you leave into the World of America where things are real. When really it isn't and disney world is actually showing you everything is fake.
  • Sherrie Levine - rephotographs famous photos from books.
  • Hiroshi Sugimoto - Photographs wax works to make it like a portrait of the actual person - uncanny 

  • The copy can be thought of as an issue of plagiarism but a way of thing about how to make something new, when both nothings of originality and authenticity seems open to question.

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