This article examines Gilles Deleuze’s concept of the simulacrum, which Deleuze essential Platonic distinction, Deleuze argues, is more profound than the. Deleuze’s essay Plato and Simulacrum attempts to reverse the the Platonic influence dominating in the philosophy/sophistry dichotomy. How might we. The Simulacrum according to Gilles Deleuze By George Konstantinidis Some was the dream of Deleuze’s cinema books.1 According to Deleuze, in Plato’s.

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Skip to main content. Log In Sign Up. The Simulacrum according to Gilles Deleuze. The Simulacrum according to Gilles Deleuze By George Ane Some thoughts towards an aesthetics which integrates politics, art and philosophy in a seamless way. The different men of the city participate unequally in the mythic model. Therefore, platto must distinguish all sorts of degrees of being just, an entire hierarchy. Malediction weights heavily on these last, they incarnate the evil power of the false pretender.

On the contrary it challenges the very idea of a model.

The simulacra are not bad copies of the original. Their dissimilarity with the original implies an essential deviation from it. To the point that ultimately they subvert the original model. The off-world replicants artificially created humans used to serve in the colonies outside earth return to earth not to blend in with the indigenous population, but to find the secret of their built-in obsolescence so they can escape their bondage and live full lives, on their own terms.

University of Minnesota Press, The Logic of Sense, trans. Athlone Press,pp. The Simulacrum According to Deleuze and Guattari.

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She assumes that avatars in video games in general have set forth a new type siulacrum self identity which it can always be transgressed, dismantled and put back together. The characters we created, playing The Sims, could help eeleuze understand that our organic body behaves as an avatar in our everyday life. The player of The Sims will soon realize that his sexual body and its beauty ideals, his working body and many other types of bodies, he constructs occasionally, in his everyday life, function as simulacra which challenge and overturn the supposed immutability of his self identity.

I think that Euridice oversimplified the process by which video games could act as simulacra.


The simulacrum has no identity because it is difference in itself. Its center is divergence and disjunction. Simulcarum nature is subversive and rebellious. There are two distinct readings of the world: It is a simulator of an ideology which promotes a specific set of values, linked with modern capitalism.


A video game could act as simulacrum on simulacrhm condition that it is not authoritarian and it challenges our common sense dogmas about life and our rhe identity. There is an illusion of free will that is limited by the rules and the gameplay of the game. What if we try to play a homeless in The Sims? Among the early works of the company was a very simple interactive releuze called Orgasm Simulator.

In his later work, Foucault began to examine more closely the construction of identities deleuz occur within historically contingent structures of Knowledge and Power e. Foucault believed that within the historically-specific constraints of lived existence, people can gain some control over their experiences and therefore are capable to search for alternative ways of constructing their identities.

For this to happen, the individual must grasp the societal rules that produce his subjectivity and self and then test and ponder their boundaries. For example, the only option to counter rising crime in the game is to put in more police stations, but we can si,ulacrum in the code more possible options to counter crime, such as, e. Open source virtual game worlds could become fascinating spaces for experimentation.

Players will be able to create their own social dynamics and watch the way they affect their subjectivity and their living conditions in the game.

In the best-case scenario, the player will realize that his or her self identity is no longer fixed and immutable. Instead, it has become: Thank you Mario, but your Identity is in another castle. Madrid, Spain, January 29th st Athlone Press,p. IT University of Copenhagen. Department of Digital Aesthetics and Culture. The game is available online at: In the Domain of Optional Rules: Roller coaster rides are fearful, but they are also exciting because they offer us a safe encounter with fear.

Similarly, we are going to movie theaters to watch suspense thrillers, in order to be drawn into scary but safe, exhilarating plots. A film director can throw us off a cliff, he can pull us in a dangerous love story, but when the dramatic highlight of the sequence is over, he suddenly eases the tension of the suspense sequence and allows the story to unwind swiftly.


Thrillers are a broad genre of literature, film, television and video games that use suspense, tension and excitement as their main elements. These characters are constantly forced to take life threatening risks, but suspense is primary in the mind of the audience.

It increases with the surprised twists of the plot. The viewer, at one moment, thinks that he can foretell the development of the plot and the action of the characters and then suddenly the story challenges his assumptions by taking a fearful turn he never saw coming. For Hitchcock the art of creating suspense is also the art of involving the audience, so that the viewer is actually a participant in the film.

In this case we long to interact with him and warn him of the danger.

We watch carefully his actions and our suspense is heightened as the threat against his life is becoming imminent. Suspense in a thriller film acts as simulacrum because it continuously subverts the plot. But ultimately, the fundamental question that the viewer should ask, at a gripping suspense sequence, is: However, this is not possible due to the non-interactive nature of film.

If we want to give the audience the ability to make choices and influence the action of the plot, we must abandon cinema and substitute it for a more interactive medium e. The fascination of the computer game is not necessarily connected to our identification with a character on screen, but related to the task we have undertaken as real-life subjects. Under intense stress, thinking about anything is very difficult, but a video game could help us overcome this difficulty.

The answer is yes. For example, the game Alan Wake Remedy, acts as a simulacrum in a very creative way. A Clash Between Game and Narrative. Smuts, Aaron and Jonathan Frome. Remember me on this computer. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link.

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