Hyperrealism, kind of…

I was doing some internet research on Baudrillard, trying to understand his idea of hyperrealism, and I found this:

…Reality itself founders in hyperrealism, the meticulous reduplication of the real, preferably through another, reproductive medium, such as photography. From medium to medium, the real is volatilized, becoming an allegory of death. But it is also, in a sense, reinforced through its own destruction. It becomes reality for its own sake, the fetishism of the lost object: no longer the object of representation, but the ecstasy of denial and of its own ritual extermination: the hyperreal.” 

An excerpt from “Symbolic Exchange and Death,” originally published in Paris, in 1976, which I found in http://www.artseensoho.com/Life/readings/baudrillard.html

I have to admit is hard to understand like this, but is easier if you think of some examples. Photography, as he says, reproduces an exact moment. Pictures were taken in a determined time and space and they represent a reality, but you can take them out of that time, space and reality and they will remain the same. Viewers will be able to “see” a place, person or situation, understanding at the same time that what they’re seeing is not necesarely real. It’s just a representation. 

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Another example could be all the people addicted to internet. Actually the internet itself is a good example. How do we know if everything we’re seeing is real? Like those dating sites, how can you prove that Handsome69 is not a 13 year old boy or a fat office worker? Or female robots in science fiction. Or stories of writers who discover their lives are being written by somebody else. 

This is a great tale by Jose Luis Borges, an argentine crazy writer who shared this idea of hyperrealism, if I got it right. Enjoy

http://www.phinnweb.org/links/literature/borges/aleph.html

 

 

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  1. Sara

    I agree with your thoughts. Maybe some of this has to deal with a connection of the known but unknown. That some try to establish themselves with things they can identify with but don’t have that connection in their life as in present time. Kind of like your example of the dating website; that we can all identify with dating in some point of our lives but maybe at that current juncture we are not in a relationship but want to find that connection (dating websites) that will place you there.

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