Month: March 2019

  • The Touch of the Past
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    The Touch of the Past

    My project, Denk Ich an Sonneberg, introduced me to various theories related to memory, among them were Ethical Remembrance and Post-Memory. Roger Frie’s book, Not in My Family: German memory and responsibility after the holocaust…

  • Representing Authenticity

    Representing Authenticity

    As a thought experiment, think about comparing the highly-processed magazine photograph of a fashion model standing on a runway against a grainy, black-and-white image of a derelict woman standing on the street. We might conclude…

  • What is Authenticity?

    What is Authenticity?

    The OED defines authentic as “Of undisputed origin and not a copy; genuine.” But is it that simple to determine if something is authentic? The concrete tree I referred to in an earlier post failed,…

  • Contrived Authenticity
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    Contrived Authenticity

    When we visit a resort, we enter a space manufactured to be comfortable, relaxing, to fulfill a dream of some sort. It is a Manufactured Dreamscape. The dreamscape encourages us to look at it, to…

  • Authenticity
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    Authenticity

    My first reflections on authenticity came many years ago visiting the Swiss Family Robertson’s Tree House at Disneyland. From a distance I was impressed by the tree; its size and structure so convenient for hosting…