THE SIMULACRA

Living in the map

ON EXACTITUDE IN SCIENCE

In that Empire, the Art of Cartography attained such Perfection that the map of a single Province occupied the entirety of a City, and the map of the Empire, the entirety of a Province. In time, those Unconscionable Maps no longer satisfied, and the Cartographers Guilds struck a Map of the Empire whose size was that of the Empire, and which coincided point for point with it. The following Generations, who were not so fond of the Study of Cartography as their Forebears had been, saw that that vast Map was Useless, and not without some Pitilessness was it, that they delivered it up to the Inclemencies of Sun and Winters. In the Deserts of the West, still today, there are Tattered Ruins of that Map, inhabited by Animals and Beggars; in all the Land there is no other Relic of the Disciplines of Geography.

Suarez Miranda,
Viajes de varones prudentes, Libro IV,Cap. XLV, Lerida, 1658

[Jorge Luis Borges, 1946, translated by Andrew Hurley]

 

“Abstraction today is no longer that of the map, the double, the mirror or the concept. Simulation is no longer that of a territory, a referential being or a substance. It is the generation by models of a real without origin or reality: a hyperreal. The territory no longer precedes the map, nor survives it.”

Jean Baudrillard, Simulacra and Simulation, 1981

 

SACRAMENT, MALEFICE, SORCERY Jean Baudrillard and the Hyperreal

THE DEATH OF GOD Doublethink as an Art Form

BAUDRILLARD IN BANGKOK Ceci n’est pas une pipe

BAUDRILLARD IN BRABANT The Murderous Capacity of Images

McLUHAN IN MANHATTAN The Spirit of Terrorism

UTOYA: BLOOD GAMES Child Sacrifice for a Sustainable Society

BAUDRILLARD AT THE BATACLAN The Double-Edged Sword

VULTUS TELA VIBRAT Thy Countenance: Shakespeare’s

EVERYONE AND SOMEONE Edward de Were and the Rebirth of the Author

THE FABULOUS PANTHER Of Cats and Conspiracies

THE MOST SOUGHT-AFTER LIFESTYLE HUB Saigon 2015

PASSENGERS Constellations, Television, and the Sadness of Astronauts

DECKARD’S UNICORN Replicant Epiphanies

 

Image: Hakanaï – a digital solo performance from Adrien M / Claire B of the Creators Project