Art and authenticity

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Title: Art and authenticity
Author: Miyoshi, Akihiko
Abstract: My MFA thesis show, After the Last Picture Show, depicted my inquiry into what pictures and images are today. In this thesis, starting from the formalist tradition of fine art photography, I deconstruct photography into elements based on the classical dichotomy of form and content and discuss how the photographic image has dislodged itself from its material base. Subsequently, I question the objective of art in an age in which images are information, and in which information is instantly exchanged. I use authenticity as the guiding light in my art and attempt to confront the doubts that linger in our simulation-based society. Further, I start an inquiry into the relationship between the computer and art. I attempt to provide an observation of the computer in terms of itself as opposed to the more frequent approach of analyzing it as a medium to simulate existing tools. I argue that the essence of the computer is abstract, and I describe the conflict between this abstract nature of the computer and the physicality that art demands. Finally, I conclude by describing what I think of authenticity with regards to art.
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Date: 2005-03-15

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