Month: March 2019

  • The Touch of the Past

    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

    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


    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…