''The real is not only what can be reproduced, but that which is always already reproduced''

(Jean Baudrillard)

The earth

Practice : Hyperreal

What is real? This project discusses how could we use a lens to recognize and even subvert the institutions that we identify the reality and simulation on a daily basis. The ordinary landscapes were photographed, and I will use the text to lead the reader to debate the authenticity of the image.

Jean Baudrillard believes that we lost the ability to understand reality because we used to live in an environment dominated by experience and stimulation. We only immerse and attract by the prepared realities- realities translate from fragments of war, disturbing of cultural ideology, and consumerism.

Attracted by the hyperreal concept of Baudrillard's theory, he said: The real is not only what can be reproduced, but that which is always already reproduced, which is "hyperreal", which is completely in a "simulation".

In the modern world, the world created by symbols is real. This kind of truth not only replaces the original reality but also surpasses it, that is, it is hyperreal. This hyperrealistic concept provides guidelines for people to view real and hyperreality. I began to think about whether we embrace or irony the society created by the symbol?
 

Village: Film set
Iceland 2017

Sea land: Walkable water surface
abashiri shi, hokkaido,Japan 2018

Lovely mist: smoke from 2008 California wildfire
Yosemite,USA 2008

Tillable land: Intertidal zone and clam farm
Hsinchu,Taiwan 2011

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