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Postmodernism

Postmodern Magic

Dan Truong | Posted 05.01.2015 | College
Dan Truong

This past summer, I read the novel Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer. It details the story of one man, whose name happens to be Jonath...

Ten Basic Principles of Metamodernism

Seth Abramson | Posted 04.27.2015 | Books
Seth Abramson

While metamodernism is not a movement or a manifesto for living, it is nevertheless possible for individuals, groups, and even social and political structures to come to be informed by metamodern principles.

Metamodern Literature and the Metaverse

Seth Abramson | Posted 04.15.2015 | Books
Seth Abramson

The term "metamodernism" first appeared in 1975, in a scholarly article by Mas'ud Zavarzadeh that focused its attention on 1970s domestic politics, a small subset of 1970s metafiction, and the burgeoning "technetronic culture" the author considered certain to emerge in the 1980s and 1990s.

The Metamodernist Manifesto

Seth Abramson | Posted 04.08.2015 | Books
Seth Abramson

What I'm describing is at once entirely scientific and the stuff of fantasy. Last night I saved two people from being swept up in a tornado. It wasn...

Stephen Petronio Returns to the Joyce with 'Bloodlines'

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 04.07.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

Given Petronio's NYC connection, it's no surprise that his company will perform at the Joyce Theater this week. There's no other venue that so aptly captures the haunting enthusiasm and open intimacy that the city harbors, all of which is reflected in Petronio's repertoire.

For Daniel Holt, Honesty Is More Than a Virtue -- It's a Lifestyle

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 03.20.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

The music stopped. Hearts stopped. Holt paused but didn't stop because he had to bow and prove that it was only a performance, that he would wake up tomorrow and rehearse the same solo for his next gig. But really that's a lie, because it wasn't only a performance.

This Three-Word Poem By Jesse Damiani Just Changed Everything

Seth Abramson | Posted 01.11.2015 | Books
Seth Abramson

Damiani's poem urges us to push on past cynicism to find value in that which at first seems empty, and to then push on past even that discovery to the unknown places where additional meaning might yet be found.

Can the Trolling of Media Outlets Revitalize American Poetry?

Seth Abramson | Posted 12.31.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

The course title "Wasting Time on the Internet" may have the unfortunate side effect of misleading prospective students into thinking the course believes something it entirely rejects, but far more importantly it provokes American media outlets into taking notice.

Metamodernism: The Basics III

Seth Abramson | Posted 12.19.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

Reading all of the foregoing, one might wonder, "How can metamodernism claim to enable a vertical layering of ideas and identities in which no idea or identity is privileged over the others, when by all rights that should be both a physical and metaphysical impossibility?"

Metamodernism: The Basics II

Seth Abramson | Posted 12.14.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

The first major change in metamodernism since 2010 is a growing feeling that "metamodernism," as a system of logic, is a recurring phenomenon rather than one that's especially tied to a single moment in world history.

Metamodernism: The Basics

Seth Abramson | Posted 12.12.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

We live in a time in which we feel very isolated. The Internet is partly to blame; every day we say things online -- things that isolate others, and things that isolate us from others -- that are so unkind or merely thoughtless that we would never say them face-to-face.

The State of Risk in PoMo Verse (Part 2)

Seth Abramson | Posted 12.07.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

The politics of literary metamodernism presently resides in the same transitional and paradoxical state that the work itself does, and that its authors most certainly do.

The State of Risk in PoMo Verse

Seth Abramson | Posted 12.01.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

In Cheap Signaling -- a serious and important study of poetic diction in the avant-garde -- Daniel Tiffany posits a revolutionary poetics without positing, too, a paradigm shift away from postmodernism.

Sustainability: The First Postmodern Discipline

Bob Brinkmann | Posted 11.16.2014 | Green
Bob Brinkmann

As someone engaged with a variety of sustainability research, I am always struck how difficult it is for many of us to define "sustainability" well. I have been slowly coming to terms with the reality that this is largely because sustainability is the first truly postmodern discipline.

Me-e-ow! What Hello Kitty-Gate Tells Us About Ourselves

Jesse Damiani | Posted 11.01.2014 | Media
Jesse Damiani

On August 26, the world was let in on what would appear to be one of the biggest bombshells in cartoon history: Hello Kitty, née Kitty White, was pronounced not-cat. At 40 years young, this positioned her as the oldest third-grader in human history.

The Great Resurgence of Academic Art

F. Scott Hess | Posted 10.29.2014 | Arts
F. Scott Hess

With none of the rigor of 19th century training, university art departments and art schools roll out thousands of wannabe artists annually in what must be one of the greatest educational scams ever perpetrated. At least the 19th century Beaux Arts painters were trained to make a living of it.

The Metamodernist Manifesto: After Postmodernism (Part V)

Seth Abramson | Posted 10.29.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

While neither artists nor critics exactly choose their predisposition or disposition, and certainly don't choose the historical epoch in which they live, it becomes increasingly difficult to imagine an intellectual or cultural sphere in which the postmodern exceeds the metamodern in either mimetic rigor or emotional and moral amplitude.

The Metamodernist Manifesto: After Postmodernism (Part IV)

Seth Abramson | Posted 10.27.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

That postmodernists confuse its underlying optimism with a latent penchant for anarchy says much more about postmodernism than it does about its paradigmatic successor, metamodernism.

On Metamodern Dada

Jesse Damiani | Posted 10.19.2014 | Arts
Jesse Damiani

Screens. Bright fingers that claw at our eyes. Expressions of tenderness, movements of thought, sexual fantasies, our greatest battles. More and more,...

The Metamodernist Manifesto: After Postmodernism (Part III)

Seth Abramson | Posted 10.25.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

If postmodern thought holds that all truth is relative, metamodernism holds that absolute truth exists -- but evolves differently for each person.

The Metamodernist Manifesto: After Postmodernism (Part II)

Seth Abramson | Posted 10.22.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

The question, for both postmodernist and metamodernist philosophers and artists, is why and how a text is non-absorptive.

The Metamodernist Manifesto: After Postmodernism (Part I)

Seth Abramson | Posted 10.15.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

When we speak of modernism and postmodernism, and for that matter when we speak of metamodernism, what we mean by "movement" is a series of ideas in philosophy that are a) the subject of scholarly study and discussion, and b) can serve as actionable intelligence for various artists' creative practices.

The Metamodernist Manifesto: The Rebirth of the Author

Seth Abramson | Posted 10.01.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

Nobody is made happy by any of this; indeed, its existential utility has increasingly proven to be a net negative, even as its formal coherence (once a strong suit) has begun to erode in the Internet Age.

Channeling Picasso In The Digital Age

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.08.2014 | Arts

With an eye for sharp-edged abstraction and painterly self-awareness, artist Heimo Zobernig conjures the creative spirit of Pablo Picasso in the digit...

Artist's Statements of the Old Masters

John Seed | Posted 06.29.2014 | Arts
John Seed

An Old Master working today would definitely need some strong postmodern language to support his/her "artistic practice." Here are some samples of the kinds of "Artist's Statements" that I think would be required of European Old Masters if they tried to get a show in New York or Los Angeles today.