Thursday, February 27, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The video that started it all.
The imitation of the “real” Psy had become as much as “real” as if the actually artist had travelled from the Republic of South Korea to attend the Barcelona Fashion Week. Perhaps it was because to the alcohol, perhaps it was because of the environment that allowed for the perception of an image of a famous person to take the place of the actual artist as a reality. It might not have helped that Maciej Pestka, the author of the Vice article, doctored Karre’s entourage with photographers, beautiful women, a well tailored suit and the symbol of sunglasses Psy’s image is known for, the most recognizable aspect of the parody they were playing on the city of Barcelona. Pestka has written a book on the experience, titled The Life of Psy, which you can learn more about here. That, however, is what makes up all the difference in producing a simulation as described by Baudrillard. The ability to trick a crowd of people at the top of their field into believing they had been in the presence of greatness is an example of how reality is formulated. It didn't matter whether or not he was real, he was "real" to them. As they share the photographs taken with the famous artist across social media, they will remember that they had met the actual “real” Psy instead of Karre, a French-Korean with no affiliation with the most viewed man on youtube.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
I think the questions that arise from these artists is does taking an original work and making it your own by altering it change its authenticity/originality…does it become something completely new? Can one ever create something that is original? I think, since everything is socially constructed nobody can every be "unique" or create something original because we know too much. Based on our experiences we process things and understand them, and also build off of them to create something of our own, which some of us call "unique." Can anything ever be unique if everything has been done at least once? How do you know for sure it has been done or not? So many questions…