Baudrillard & Contemporary Artist

Topics: Art, Conceptual art / Pages: 17 (4057 words) / Published: Mar 31st, 2013
Baudrillard and Contemporary Artist

Shannon McDonell
Post Structuralism
Diane Zeeuw
December 6th, 2012

We live in the world of science fiction. With our ipods, iphones, tablets, laptops, etc. we have a vast amount of information on our finger tips. Through all of our online networks, blogs, websites, etc. we have a whole virtual world online. Baudrillard would term this as hyper reality where there is so much information exchanged that the foundation of our reality has changed. We are building off copies of copies and restructuring ideas that have already existed. Any kind of information about anything can be accessed via Internet. If people don’t stay caught up they will be left behind in our modern world. Computers need to be repurchased or majorly upgrade every couple of years to keep up with the more demanding new software. New cell phones have advance applications where it surpasses that of the older technology. Parents can install a tracking system in their children’s phones so they can always be found online. How do we deal with this excessive amount of information we are bombarded with? Where does the contemporary artist fit into this world?
Baudrillard has stated that there will always be more reality, because it is produced and reproduced by simulation, and is itself merely a model of simulation (Baudrillard, 1996, p.17). He continues to say that reality has been driven out of reality and only perhaps technology still binds together the scattered fragments of the real (Baudrillard, 1996, p.4). In other words, he thinks that reality and origin do not exist and we cannot escape the world of stimulation and illusion. Illusion is indestructible (Baudrillard, 1996, p.19). There is nothing deeper underneath the surface and there are no hidden meanings to uncover. When something is too extreme, it no longer holds its origin or originality and becomes an illusion. For example, being more real than reality, having more art than art

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