J. Baudrillard: Ecstasy of communication

“The description of this whole intimate universe – projective, imaginary and symbolic still corresponded to the object’s status as mirror of the subject, and that in turn to the imaginary depths of the mirror and “scene” ”

“Certainly, this private universe was alienating to the extent that it separated you from others-or from the world, where it was invested as a protective enclosure, an imaginary protector, a defense system. But it also reaped the symbolic benefits of alienation, which is that the Other exists, and that otherness can fool you for the better or the worse …. We are no longer part of the drama of alienation, we live in the ecstasy of communication. ”

Baudrillard, Jean. “The Ecstacy of Communication.” The Anti-Aesthetic: Essays on Postmodernist Culture. Ed. Hal Foster. Seattle: Bay P, 1983.

“There is nothing more mysterious than a TV set left on in an empty room. It is even stranger than a man talking to himself or a woman standing dreaming at her stove. It is as if another planet is communicating with you.”
― Jean Baudrillard, America
I like this quote because I feel it related well to my video piece at the end of second year. It flickered and flashed images of horror and was at it’s most interesting when left on in an empty gallery.


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