Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Thomas Hirschhorn- Concordia Concordia

Thomas Hirschhorn's current exhibition "Concordia Concordia" is the artist's recreation of the recent wreck of a Italian cruise ship where 34 passengers were killed. This interpretation of the tragic disaster illustrates the simulations that Baudrillard wrote of in "The Precession of Simulacra." Hirschhorn is removed from the event, using pictures and video to shape the installation. The viewer enters the gallery with only that knowledge as well, thanks to media and news coverage. It is hard to tell from photos how much he has disguised the space and how convincing it is as the site, but it could be extremely powerful as hyperreality. 

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