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Postmodernism

Sustainability: The First Postmodern Discipline

Bob Brinkmann | Posted 09.16.2014 | 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 09.02.2014 | 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 08.29.2014 | 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 08.29.2014 | 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 08.27.2014 | 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 08.25.2014 | 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 08.25.2014 | 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 08.22.2014 | 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 08.15.2014 | 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 08.01.2014 | 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.

Our Subjects Pick Us: Cynthia Atkins Talks About Love, Loss and Poetry

Loren Kleinman | Posted 05.10.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

For me, writing, art, and music are sanctuary. It is the place I go to ask the questions. There are not always answers, but there is comfort and growth in re-shaping experience into the archive of language, where I can ponder and examine it.

Exchange Religion for Faith

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

We can't own the truth. No particular tribe has a patent on it. It hovers somewhere out there in the middle, between all the oppositions that bedevil our societies right now.

Ben Affleck, Batman and Us: A Spiritual Reflection on the Backlash

Rabbi Michael Knopf | Posted 10.30.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Knopf

What would our lives and our world look like if we became more open to each other's stories and each other's interpretations? What if we accepted multiple ways of viewing even those narratives and myths about which we feel most passionate, or with which we most vehemently disagree?

Welcoming Unitarian Universalists Home to Humanism

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 09.23.2013 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

Many UU leaders and quite a few individual congregations have openly moved away from viewing a humanist approach, free from theistic declarations, as the appropriate neutral philosophical place for all UUs to convene. It hasn't gone unnoticed, but the issue rarely gets addressed directly and openly. It's time for that to change.

Once the Obama Narrative Implodes, Reality Breaks Through

Bill Frezza | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Bill Frezza

That it has taken a trifecta of scandals to awaken the minions of the press to their duty speaks volumes on how successfully prevailing narratives define what the public accepts as truth.

Toward Churches In the Green: Postmodern, Post-Christian Possibilities for Faith in the Future

Christopher Cocca | Posted 05.07.2013 | Religion
Christopher Cocca

What might a truly sustainable church (a "church in the green") look like? By sustainable, I don't mean, of course, what people usually mean when they say "self-sustaining." I'm talking about a radically intentional effort.

Colonizing Abstraction: MoMA's Inventing Abstraction Show Denies Its Ancient Global Origins

G. Roger Denson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

Shouldn't the most authoritative of our cultural institutions, certainly those renown globally, be so sensitive as to represent the history of international art with the like mindedness of diplomats to mitigating the injuries historically wrought by political and cultural colonizations?

Why My Evangelical College Shouldn't Do Away With The Philosophy Department

Jesse James DeConto | Posted 03.25.2013 | Religion
Jesse James DeConto

If you want your students to know Jesus, you might start by looking for things that Jesus said he cared about, like learning to love your neighbor. Because that's what happened in philosophy classes when I was at Cedarville.

Justice For Jazz Artists

Kurt Ellenberger | Posted 03.23.2013 | Arts
Kurt Ellenberger

I've been watching the development of the Justice for Jazz Artists (J4JA) movement for a couple of years now. If you haven't heard of this organizat...

Postmodernism And The Future Of Evangelical Theology And The Christian Church

Pastor Gilford T. Monrose | Posted 02.25.2013 | Religion
Pastor Gilford T. Monrose

Common folks within the church now read the Bible for themselves to decipher what is truth. The church was pushed out of the business of having the trademark of truth. The biggest challenge for the church now is postmodernism.

Shaky Politics, Shaken Bond

Jordan Mainzer | Posted 02.10.2013 | Arts
Jordan Mainzer

Skyfall absolutely nails what might be called "the Zeitgeist." In fact, the film's tension between old and new is encapsulated most and best by its use of architecture, because the architecture interacts with and mirrors the characters themselves.

Lady Gaga: An Avatar for Our Times?

Gillian Schutte | Posted 02.06.2013 | Arts
Gillian Schutte

Gaga is an icon that is not meant to be understood or defined. Certainly, she has done more to engage the world in a speculative debate about what she is than any of her predecessors who, though complex, were much easier to pigeonhole. Gaga, it seems, is indefinable.

Postmodern Stress Disorder

Landon Ross | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics
Landon Ross

It's a strategy that has for the most part gone unpenalized by a media which seems resigned to playing sportscaster when its real duty is referee, having manacled itself with the irrelevance that comes in the service of "balance."