By Kim Toffoletti
Jean Baudrillard has been a special highbrow voice in lots of of the main debates and matters dealing with an more and more globalised, media-driven international. Baudrillard Reframed bargains these operating with Baudrillard's principles an obtainable assessment of his better-known arguments, in addition to extending past them to seriously have interaction together with his radical notions of phantasm, singularity and the deadly. Kim Toffoletti surveys the guidelines of this influential - frequently provocative - French philosopher as they relate to today's image-saturated setting. She demonstrates their relevance to analysing modern visible phenomena similar to ads, images, fact television, model, paintings, pornography and digital fact. Baudrillard's key topics and arguments are illustrated via various visible works, from the graffiti paintings of Banksy, Katharine Hanett's protest t-shirts, to Sophie Calle's images.
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Perhaps the mattress is still warm, indented by the body that recently lay there. It shows a private space and evokes associations with the feminine, the domestic, the body, the visceral, and that which is usually hidden from public view. Some would consider her stained undies and cigarette butts objectionable. Effectively, the viewer feels uncomfortable, as though they have stumbled into the personal life of a stranger who is unaware that their secrets, habits and flaws have been revealed for all to scrutinise.
Fellow detainees watch the exposed prisoners from their cell doors while three soldiers stand hunched over the bundle of flesh. One reaches down and appears to be grabbing at their faces or heads. There are many more like these, displaying a mixture of prisoners in degrading poses – sometimes dead – and American soldiers who are often caught grinning and giving the thumbs-up sign. In 31 The image many instances, the torturers and the tortured appear in the same photograph. While, like most of us who saw these images, Baudrillard finds them humiliating and grotesque, he also senses that there is something banal about them.
Interpreting art from a feminist perspective, however, involves more than analysing how women are represented, necessitating a broader examination of how the feminine is valued across the spectrum of art, as well as the issue of women’s agency – as artists, critics, patrons and viewers (Broude and Garrard 2005). In contrast to such interpretive approaches, Baudrillard is not concerned with determining good art from bad, or making any type of judgement about the value or impact that art might have – be it aesthetic, economic, political or social.
Baudrillard Reframed: Interpreting Key Thinkers for the Arts (Contemporary Thinkers Reframed) by Kim Toffoletti