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Postmodernism

The Month in Metamodernism #3

Seth Abramson | Posted 07.21.2015 | Entertainment
Seth Abramson

Metamodernism is the dominant cultural philosophy of the Internet Age. The term was coined in 1975 by American professor Mas'ud Zavarzadeh, and has been in irregular usage since then.

Egyptian Artist Wael Shawky Is Pulling the Strings of Crusade and Jihad at MoMA PS1

G. Roger Denson | Posted 07.22.2015 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

In Wael Shawky's trilogy it's historicism, not history, that is being culled, a deliberate seeing in the past the makings of the present or more recent past.

The Month in Metamodernism #2

Seth Abramson | Posted 06.11.2015 | Entertainment
Seth Abramson

This ongoing column series looks at some of the art that generatively confused us in recent months because it was, for a change, metamodern rather than discretely Modern or postmodern.

Goodness Isn't Relative

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 06.10.2015 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

One of the core tenets of the postmodern theory that swept through academia since the middle of the last century was an assertion of moral relativism.

The Month in Metamodernism #1

Seth Abramson | Posted 06.01.2015 | Entertainment
Seth Abramson

As we eagerly await the beginning of Season 2 of Rick and Morty -- the Holy Grail of metamodernist adventuring (Cameron Carpenter's brilliance notwithstanding) -- we take a look at some of the art that generatively confused us in recent months because it was (for a change) metamodern rather than discretely modern or postmodern.

Post-Postmodernism: Where Does it End?

Dan Truong | Posted 05.28.2015 | College
Dan Truong

Let's operate under the assumption that postmodernism and modernism are real movements and not a load of Dickensian word-filler. There's a lot of debate of what postmodernism actually is.

Myles Away From Mathematics, Magic and Mystery

Colm Mulcahy | Posted 05.22.2015 | Books
Colm Mulcahy

Did you ever wish you'd asked one more question of somebody you once knew, who is no longer around to chat with? The great unasked question most on my mind in recent times is this.

Five More Basic Principles of Metamodernism (VIDEOS)

Seth Abramson | Posted 05.14.2015 | Books
Seth Abramson

Recently, I published an article entitled "Ten Basic Principles of Metamodernism" that aimed to summarize the state of metamodern discourse today.

Postmodern Magic

Dan Truong | Posted 06.30.2015 | 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 06.25.2015 | 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 06.15.2015 | 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 06.01.2015 | 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 06.06.2015 | 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 05.20.2015 | 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.