Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007) was a philosopher, sociologist, cultural critic, and theorist of postmodernity who challenged all existing theories of contemporary society with humor and precision. An outsider in the French intellectual establishment, he was internationally renowned as a twenty-first century visionary, reporter, and provocateur. His Simulations (1983) instantly became a cult classic and made him a controversial voice in the world of politics and art.
Architecture: Truth Or Radicalism
What might just happen is the proliferation of archi- tectural clones around the globe, of transparent, interactive, mobile, fun buildings modeled on networks and virtual realities—by which a whole society basically gives itself the comedy of culture, the comedy of communication, the comedy of the virtual (just as it gives itself the comedy of politics, for that matter).
Translated by Ames Hodges
Baudrillard’s unsettling coda: previously unpublished texts written just before the visionary theorist’s death in 2007.”History that repeats itself turns to farce. But a farce that repeats itself ends up making a history.”—from The Agony of Power
Translated by Philippe Beitchman and W. G. J. Niesluchowski
When Fatal Strategies was first published in French in 1983, it represented a turning point for Jean Baudrillard: an utterly original, and for many readers, utterly bizarre book that offered a theory as proliferative, ecstatic, and hallucinatory as the postmodern world it endeavored to describe.
Jean Baudrillard and Marc Guillaume
Translated by Ames Hodges
A focused exploration of Baudrillard’s understanding and use of alterity and “otherness,” a crucial theme that appears and reappears throughout his work as a whole. Together, Baudrillard and Guillaume explore the threatened and fatal figures of radical alterity.
Baudrillard’s remarkably prescient meditation on terrorism throws light on post-9/11 delusional fears and political simulations.In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities takes to its ultimate conclusion the “end of ideologies” experienced in Europe after the Soviet invasion of Hungary and the death of revolutionary illusions after May 1968
Introduction by Sylvère Lotringer
Characterizing it as a “mythic discourse,” Jean Baudrillard proceeds, in this brilliant essay, to dismantle the powerful, seductive figure of Michel Foucault. This Semiotext(e) edition of Forget Foucault is accompanied by a dialogue with Sylvère Lotringer, “Forget Baudrillard,” a reevaluation by Baudrillard of his lesser-known early works as a post-Marxian thinker
Writings from Utopie (1967–1978)
Translated by Stuart Kendall
Seminal essays written by Baudrillard for a journal devoted to a radical leftist critique of architecture, urbanism, and everyday life.
Manifestos, Texts, Interviews
Edited by Sylvère Lotringer
Cutting-edge theorist Jean Baudrillard on the complicitous dance of art, politics, economics, and media; includes “War Porn,” on Abu Ghraib as a new genre of reality TV.
The Ecstasy of Communication
This book marks an important evolution in Jean Baudrillard’s thought as he leaves behind his older and better-known concept of the “simulacrum” and tackles the new problem of digital technology acquiring organicity.The resulting world of cold communication and its indifferent alterity, seduction, metamorphoses, metastases, and transparency requires a new form of response.
One of the most influential essays of the 20th century, Simulations was put together in 1983 in order to be published as the first little black book of Semiotext(e)’s new Foreign Agents Series. Baudrillard’s bewildering thesis, a bold extrapolation on Ferdinand de Saussure’s general theory of general linguistics, was in fact a clinical vision of contemporary consumer societies where signs don’t refer anymore to anything except themselves. They all are generated by the matrix.