Edition 79

Counterfeit Culture

  • Published 7th February, 2023
  • ISBN: 978-1-922212-80-1
  • Extent: 264pp
  • Paperback (234 x 153mm), eBook

Treading the tightrope between art and lies, Griffith Review 79: Counterfeit Culture lifts the curtain on fakes, frauds and forgeries.

Edited by Carody Culver, Griffith Review 79 questions how we discern what’s real and what’s not in a time of influencers and identity scams, counterfeits and cosmetic surgeries, disinformation, fake news and threats to democracy.

From the imitation game and the uncanny valley to con artistry, trickery and sleights of hand, artifice makes the world go round – but is everything as it seems? And does it matter? Or should we all sit back, relax and embrace the ecstasy of the unreal?

Listen to Quan Yeomans and Ben Ely discuss thirty years of Regurgitator with Ian Powne from 4ZZZ. This is the unedited version of a conversation for Griffith Review 79: Counterfeit Culture.

In this Edition

The trick that tells the truth

As subjects of late capitalism, we’ve become inured to the amoral cynicism inherent in relentless corporate marketing; yet both the good faith of our human nature and the susceptibility of our lizard brains ensure that we also remain receptive… In 2020, the disjunction between AGL’s public relations and the truth of the company’s business practices was highlighted and ridiculed in the public realm, ending in a court case of profound significance on Australia’s twisted road to belated action on climate change.

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