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)

Liam Pieper

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. In 2015 he was the UNESCO Resident for City of Literature of Prague. His first novel The Toymaker has been widely translated and won the Fellowship of Australian Writers Christina Stead Fiction Award. He was the 2018 National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellow for Australian Writing. Sweetness and Light is his new novel.