Jean Baudrillard – Photography and Passwords


Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007), a theorist of post-modernity and one of the most important nowadays philosophers, is also a photographer. Baudrillard’s theories on Simulacra and Simulation, Consumer Society, and Symbolic Exchange have been known for a very long time. But, and that is less known, his photos were exhibited all around the world since the 80′s. In prestigious venues such as the International Festival of Photography – Arles, (France), the Center for Art and Media – Karlsruhe (Germany), the Maison Européenne de la Photographie – Paris, the Färgfabriken (Sweden), the Gallery of Modern Art -Brisbane (Australia), the Daelim Museum – Seoul (Korea) etc. and more recently at Lianzhou Festival and Cafa Art Museum – Beijing (PRC).

Although – or because -the photographic act was the extension of his thought, Baudrillard insisted to consider himself as an “amateur”.

The greatest feature of his works was to let the picture speak for itself without referring to any other reality. Baudrillard’s philosophical style inspired the theory of contemporary photography. To Baudrillard, photography could be part of radical thoughts, philosophy, anthropology, etc. Baudrillard’s images demonstrate his keen philosophical vision, full of Zen meditation from the East as well as the critical-thinking from the West.

Through the friendship between Marine Baudrillard, his wife, and Director Lin, Chi- ming from the Department of Arts and Design of the National Taipei University of Education (the translator of Baudrillard’s first book in Chinese and also the curator of this exhibition),we have such rare privilege to have Jean Baudrillard’s photographs in Taiwan for exhibition. This exhibition develops also Baudrillard’s pioneer aspect of the reflection on technology. Through the combination of augmented reality, this exhibition shall be the first exhibition to use wearable devices such as Google Glass in Taiwan.

This exhibition will also present fragments of the documentary film on Baudrillard’s thoughts: Mots de passe.