What’s in a Time Machine? Peregrine Honig, a Hyperreal Time Machine, Not by H.G. Wells, Episode 3

Peregrine Honig in Work of Art, Episode 3

There is Peregrine Honig my friend, and there is Peregrine Honig the Artist, who I follow on Facebook and Twitter, through Google Alerts, and on Bravo TV’s Work of Art.

In Episode 3 of the show, 11 of the original 14 artist contestants were faced with the challenge of designing a book cover. Peregrine got The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, and she was pitted against well-known Chicago artist, John Parot, who was also asked to design that cover.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been keeping up with Peregrine mostly through her very active Facebook profile, Google Alerts I have set-up for “Peregrine Honig” (I get at least four pings daily), and Work of Art. I have never before had the experience of a close friend from real-life becoming a simulacra of herself.

As stated by the Jean Baudrillard Wikipedia page, the “Simulacra…involves a negation of the concept of reality as we usually understand it.” He goes on to discuss hyperreality, which is “used in semiotics and postmodern philosophy to describe a hypothetical inability of consciousness to distinguish reality from fantasy, especially in technologically advanced postmodern cultures.”

Time is no longer vertical; it is horizontal, spreading fast, firing away like neurons at the moment of adrenaline rush. It is here that hyperreal Peregrine Honig the Artist exists. A multitude of media shapes Peregrine Honig the Artist.

Enter the new time machine.