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GALATI PROBLEMATISES THE IDEA OF SIMULACRUM:

‘Your comment on Deleuze is very interesting Avila. I’d like to contribute with tthis, given that Différence et répétition is one of the key books for my dissertation.

I think that Deleuze’s main contribution to the understanding of art and its relationships to “reality” is the concept of simulacrum, which he develops in D&R and in the Logique du sense a year later (1968 and 1969 respectively). The plane of the simulacra is characterised by the coextensiveness of images, which are individuated by their own difference, and not by their placement in an ontological hierarchy, platonic at its origin; and that has as its poles true and false, being and not-being, fair or unfair. In current times, the concept of simulacrum seems to be one of the most efficient tools to overcome a further dichotomy: a dichotomy -old and based on past ontologies-, between virtual and real, and therefore, between virtual images and real images. So basically, for Deleuze there is no warranty of the existence a “material” reality, and therefore, for him there is no difference between the reality within an artwork and our everyday reality, because there is no “original” and “copy”, and everything is repetition. The difference is only to be found in repetition.’