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Damien Hirst's Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable: Parafiction in the Age of Truthiness

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dc.contributor.advisor Boetzkes, Amanda
dc.contributor.author Fallenbuchl, Aleksandra Urszula
dc.date.accessioned 2020-04-02T14:19:37Z
dc.date.available 2020-04-02T14:19:37Z
dc.date.copyright 2020-03
dc.date.created 2020-03-30
dc.date.issued 2020-04-02
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/17838
dc.description.abstract The 2017 art exhibition, Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable, by British artist Damien Hirst is a parafiction. Parafiction is fiction presented as fact and is the concept by which I develop my analysis of these works and their exhibition. This thesis examines the context of the artworks in connection with simulacra, hyperreality, and historical narrative to ultimately conclude that Hirst’s work exemplifies the aesthetics of parafiction, and challenges viewers in their interactions with art in the age of truthiness. By examining the exhibition in terms of theories of society and culture, I am able to consider how parafiction works to affirm Hirst’s place in history and invite spectators to consider the truthiness of the institutions and histories of contemporary art. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Guelph en_US
dc.subject Damien Hirst en_US
dc.subject parafiction en_US
dc.subject artwork en_US
dc.subject simulacra en_US
dc.subject hyperreality en_US
dc.subject historical narrative en_US
dc.title Damien Hirst's Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable: Parafiction in the Age of Truthiness en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Art History and Visual Culture en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Arts en_US
dc.degree.department School of Fine Art and Music en_US
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dc.degree.grantor University of Guelph en_US


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