Aesthetics of Fake. An Overview

Andrea Mecacci


The word «fake» and its several synonyms (copy, forgery, simulacrum) touch on a number of ontological and mimetic issues that since Plato have led directly to contemporary debates. In the present survey we will try to outline a «grammar of fake» through three points: a) the issue of pseudos in Plato and its impact on contemporaneity; b) the notion of hyperreality as absolute fake; c) the dimension of operative fake, grasped in its postmodern enucleation.


fake; mimesis; hyperreality; postmodernism

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