“authenticity and simulations”

In my opinion the whole idea of authenticity today is at times a little hard to find especially in the artistic world. The reason I believe it is hard to find is because today, originality is something hard to achieve. When an individual comes up with an idea for a painting or new lyrics for a song, the big question is have they heard of it in some way, shape of form through out their life before? 

In the 90’s midriff shirts and showing your stomach was very popular. Many followed this trend, however, it wasn’t original for the individuals who decided to show their stomachs because they saw it before, liked it, and then simply followed the act. 

Authenticity is really in interesting topic because when we think of great musicians and painters, it always goes back to Picasso, or Mozart. Their art is still very much followed and seen today. I rarely hear of great artists like these in today’s modern age and I think a big part is due to authenticity. In essence authenticity, which Benjamin discusses is in fact the opposite of simulation which Baudrillard discusses. Reason being, authenticity is original and authentic, while simulation is the imitation of something real. “Disneyland is the perfect model of all the entangled orders of simulation.” (Baudrillard) I like what Baudrillard states here because it is true, Disneyland is filled with fantasy and fictional characters. In this case Disneyland is not exactly an imitation of of something real, but it intends to simulate a fantasy world. Simulations are not real and proves the existence of reality that is opposite of simulation.  

Real aesthetic experiences are ones that are artistic and transcend us into freedom and spiritual transcendence.


4 Responses to ““authenticity and simulations””

  1. christinatx Says:

    I agree with you that there is a fine line between what is original and what is not. To me there is more to the argument besides real/imitation. I think that in terms of art there are other characteristics that must come into play such as quality, experience, and intent. Nice post.

  2. I agree that authenticity is hard to find these days. In fact, authenticity is the art of hiding copy. One way to look for art’s authenticity is therefore to get down to to discuss what has made some actual work of art important to its best admirers. Once one agrees to talk about real meanings , the meaningfulness of it all will quickly take care of itself. In art, as in ethics, fakery is the avoidance of responsibility for concrete acts and interpretations.

  3. One of the things I noted about his criticism of Disneyland is his total disdain for the entire city of Los Angeles. Noting several other theme parks around the greater LA area. I don’t know why, but that really struck me.

    Also, as a former Disney castmember (yes, at ABC News we were “castmembers”) I resented the fact that he couldn’t get the names right.. its not Futureworld, it’s TOMORROWLAND for goodness sake. Maybe it was in the translation!

  4. I agree with you that authenticity is a difficult concept to pin down. I think that is true not only in recent times, but applies to all creative endeavors since the birth of humanity. Everything is inspired by something else and in that sense, nothing can be truly defined as authentic. Nothing is truly original because all of our thoughts and ideas are influenced by our environment and experiences. To even offer a piece any type of meaning within our world compromises its chance at authenticity. Once any piece is related to something else, it loses its independence and becomes merely a mutation of something else. Thinking about authenticity in this way, makes the whole concept pointless. Who needs art if we can’t connect it to anything else in our world?

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