"The simulacrum is never that which conceals the truth – it is the truth that conceals that there is none. The simulacrum is true." Ecclesiastes.
How does the above statement apply to representation of the real in art?
In direct translation, simulacrum of any form threatens the difference between "true" and "false". Simulation is to feign to have what one do not have, thus implies to an absence. Religion is seen as a simulacrum. The idea of it is not tangible nor comprehends physical truth. It is something that is made real by its believers, not something that is believed in because it is physically real although it can be real. The simulacrum is seen as the represented "truth". According to Jean Baudrillard, simulation is the substitution of signs of the real for the real.Simulacra convey signs that no longer represent or refer to an external factor. They stand for nothing but themselves, and refer only to other signs.
Baudrillard points out very clearly how our modern culture is being affected by images and other similar encouragement from media sources and simulations rather than what is considered real and how it becomes what is real to us by perception. Baudrillard clearly defines how various things like Disney, multi-media advertising and many other sources have replaced the provocation of the real for us and how our media culture has become our reality.
The above statement which state, "The simulacrum is never that which conceals the truth", which means it's not an agent to hide the reality and its not feigning any truth. It however does confuse the relation between the real and imaginary. The simulacrum becomes our reality as how it is being presented to us. We got absorbed by the simulacrum that we tend to believe it is the reality and we've accepted it. "It is the truth that conceals there is none", since we took the simulacrum as the truth…