Writer Liam Pieper (The Toymaker) passionately argues that pop icon Taylor Swift is ‘Baudrillard’s hyperreality, made real’. French philosopher Jean Baudrillard claimed that current society has replaced all reality and meaning with symbols and signs, and that human experience is a simulation of reality. According to Liam, Swift herself is Baudrillard’s final-stage simulacra, a copy of a thing that never existed. Liam discusses the work of Baudrillard and the unstoppable marketing juggernaut that is Swift.

Supported by the University of Sydney.

Liam Pieper (Australian)

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Liam Pieper's 2014 memoir, The Feel-Good Hit of the Year was shortlisted for the National Biography Award and the Ned Kelly Best True Crime award. This was followed by Mistakes Were Made, a collection of essays. In 2015 he was the inaugural creative resident of the UNESCO City of Literature of Prague, where he completed his first novel The Toymaker, which has been widely translated and won the Fellowship of Australian Writers Christina Stead Fiction Award. He is the 2018 National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellow for Australian Writing.