By Mike Gane
Jean Baudrillard arouses powerful evaluations. during this selection of his most vital interviews the reader earnings a distinct and obtainable evaluate of Baudrillard's key principles. the gathering contains many interviews that seem in English for the 1st time in addition to a desirable interview and stumble upon among the editor and Baudrillard in Paris.
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Extra resources for Baudrillard Live: Selected Interviews
Have you ever thought of writing an aesthetic? No. Not at all. I am not against art, so you exaggerate a bit when you use the word ‘antipathy’. I am like everyone else. There are things about European art that I admire as much as anyone else. It’s not European art, it’s the concept of art, of the aesthetic, of the aestheticization of art that raised a problem. But this is a philosophical concept, and I am conscious of always having had, almost from birth, an allergy to culture with a big C, the ideology of the culture of art.
It’s an impression, a little vertiginous, which conveys the little vertigo of the cinema. On the other hand, I could never think of going to the cinema in the morning. In the morning my day has not really begun: it’s a hesitant time of day, when I couldn’t possibly do anything so important as going to the cinema. CC Have you ever left half-way through a film? Yes, François Reichenbach’s ‘Houston, Texas’. It was the first time. There were ideas in that film that I just couldn’t countenance. It seemed to be extremely false and deceitful in the way it dealt with the truth of things.
This doesn’t even any longer call on the social logic of differentiation (distinction), as fashion still does, it no longer plays on a coded difference, it plays at difference without believing in it, it plays at singularity without falling into dandyism or snobbery. It is neither what is chic nor what is distinguished, it is a disenchanted mannerism in a world which no longer knows manners. What lesson could one draw from the recent history of sartorial appearances, say since the beginning of the sixties?