Authenticity? - Observations and Artistic Strategies in the Post-Digital Age


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The concept of “authenticity”—encompassing notions of “the original,” “the real,” sincerity, validity—is notoriously freighted and widely problematized.

Nonetheless, it presents ambiguities that offer a highly productive departure point for the analysis of cultural shifts in our post-digital society. Digital technology is embedded in our personal relationships, in labor conditions, and in aesthetic practices. What does this fact mean for “the authentic”?

This book gathers various thinkers who explore the meaning of authenticity today—not just in terms of art and art-making, but in every single nook of contemporary life, from the intimate to the public.

Contributors are Erika Balsom, Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Mat Dryhurst, Jazmina Figueroa, Holly Herndon, Rob Horning, David Joselit, Oliver Laric, Timotheus Vermeulen, Beny Wagner, and McKenzie Wark.

Designed by Template, Marlon Harder & Lasse van den Bosch Christensen

Edited by Barbara Cueto and Bas Hendrikx

Published by Valiz (Making Public series)

Softcover, 160 pages, 25 black and white images, 6.75 × 8.75 inches

ISBN: 978-9-49-209523-7

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