Hyperreality, Simulation & Spectacle

In The Society of the Spectacle, Guy Debord presents the idea of ‘lonely crowds’, “where technologies are based on isolation, and they contribute to that same isolation”.

Instantly, the thought that comes to mind is when I attend a concert. The social pressure of posting has us all experiencing concerts through a screen, even when we are there ourselves. While I don’t post quite as much as the average Groovin’ The Moo girl in glitter and flared pants, recording at a concert is still something that I’m guilty of.

Remediation made with PHOTOMOSH & GIPHY.

In this week’s remediation, I created a gif out of a photo I took during J. Cole’s concert in 2017. It demonstrates the collective isolation that the spectacle infringes upon us. If we didn’t post it, were we even there? The spectacle masks itself as society itself but in reality, it creates only a false consciousness that achieves only a language of universal separation. On top of all that, it makes concerts really hard to enjoy for us short kings.

Frank Tremain.


2 thoughts on “Hyperreality, Simulation & Spectacle

  1. cass zaucer May 14, 2019 / 2:59 am

    Your discussion on concerts and filming is so true! I am also guilty of watching concerts or performances through a screen when i’m there, however in every video i take at a concert, all you can see is peoples phones in the air filming! So i believe a lot of people are guilty of this. It goes to show what our day and age is like with social media being so prominent! Look forward to reading more of your blogs!

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    • franktremain May 14, 2019 / 3:03 am

      I think it’s really just become a part of concerts in today’s age. And in all honesty, I don’t think its entirely bad, it’s great being able to have images and videos to look back on but I don’t think it should detract from the experience of being there. Thanks for your comment!

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