‘Collecting Baudrillard’ Exhibition (Oxford 2018)

Le Systeme des Objets

The five French editions.

In September 2018 I will be curating an exhibition on ‘Collecting Baudrillard’ at the 2nd International Multi-Disciplinary Conference on Baudrillard Studies – ‘Applied Baudrillard’ (Oxford, September 5th to 7th, 2018). Marking fifty years since The System of Objects (Baudrillard’s first book) was published – a book which is widely considered as the ur-text on collecting – the exhibition will display many rare, obscure, unique, and interesting materials by and on Baudrillard from my extensive working library or ‘Baudrillard collection’ which has been assembled over the past 25 years. Another part of this exhibition will concern Baudrillard’s membership of the Utopie group of radical sociologists, philosophers, and architects. The Utopie group was formed in 1967 just before the events of 1968, and was active for about a decade, the exhibition will include a selected display of many of the group’s original publications from Richard G. Smith’s extensive personal Utopie collection.

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The first and a few subsequent issues of Utopie

A single authored book based on the exhibition will be published:

Smith RG (2019) Collecting Baudrillard (Delere Press, Singapore)

I welcome any suggestions about, or donation or loan of material/s for, the September 2018 Oxford Baudrillard exhibition. Please contact me: r.g.smith@swan.ac.uk

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Exhibition Space at ‘Applied Baudrillard’ Conference (September 2018)

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“[A]ny collection comprises a succession of items, but the last in the set is the person of the collector” (Jean Baudrillard)

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A small part of my ‘Baudrillard Collection’

My working library of materials by and on Baudrillard, a collection of sorts, has been assembled over the past 25 years. It contains many pieces sourced from both helpful people worldwide and from innumerable bookshops and libraries in the 100+ countries I have been lucky enough to visit. I am always trying to find and obtain new material(s) by and on Baudrillard for my ongoing and numerable Baudrillard-related research projects.

Please contact me if you know about or have any material(s) of any kind by or on Baudrillard which you think I might not know about. I may be able to cite, quote, or even include/reprint any new material you provide or alert me to in a book or other publication to make that material available to the worldwide Baudrillard Studies community.

I am interested in all material(s) in any language: books, articles, translations, interviews, newspaper and magazine clips/items/articles, photographs by or of Baudrillard, flyers, adverts, catalogues, recordings (audio and/or visual), music, songs, poems, personal memories … everything whether it is an original copy, a copy, or even a copy of a copy!

A few selected examples:

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Please Follow Me Postcard

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A recording of a Baudrillard lecture by a member of the audience

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A conference flyer-leaflet where Baudrillard was the keynote speaker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Spanish collection of French writers on McLuhan

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A rare Baudrillard collection only available in Portuguese

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Chance catalogue (Las Vegas)

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Book sleeve

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Two different Touchepas editions of ‘Xerox and Infinity’

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Marketing note for 1981 edition