Faking, Forging, Counterfeiting

Discredited Practices at the Margins of Mimesis

Edited by Daniel Becker, Annalisa Fischer, Simone Niehoff, Florencia Sannders, and Yola Schmitz

Transcript-Verlag

Faking, Forging, Counterfeiting

Pub Date: April 2017

ISBN: 9783837637625

246 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $40.00

Faking, Forging, Counterfeiting

Discredited Practices at the Margins of Mimesis

Edited by Daniel Becker, Annalisa Fischer, Simone Niehoff, Florencia Sannders, and Yola Schmitz

Transcript-Verlag

Forgeries are an omnipresent part of our culture. They are closely related to historically and culturally informed ideas of authenticity, legality, authorship, creativity, tradition, and innovation. Based on the concept of mimesis, this volume illustrates that forgeries are thus not to be understood as a negative copy or disgraced ripoff of an original but as an autonomous aesthetic practice, a creative act in itself. The contributions focus on such different implementations as faked traditions, pseudotranslations, imposters, identity theft, and hoaxes in different arts and historic contexts. Most importantly, they scrutinize the bonds and borders between original and forgery and turn out their epistemic capability.

About the Author

Daniel Becker, Annalisa Fischer, Simone Niehoff, Florencia Sannders, and Yola Schmitz are members of the International Doctoral Program MIMESIS at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich.