Lecture_11 - Lecture 11 Postmodernism The Modern o Our key areas for understanding both the modern and postmodern Cultural formations and cultural

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Lecture 11 - Postmodernism The Modern o Our key areas for understanding both the modern and postmodern Cultural formations and cultural experience Artistic and architectural styles and movements a set of philosophical and epistemological concerns or positions that deal with the character of knowledge and truth Historical periodization o Industrialism: transformation of nature o Surveillance: control of information and society o Capitalism: competition within increasing markets o Military Power: the business of war and control through organized violence o Modernization refers to key institutions such as industrialism, surveillance, etc. o Modernism refers to the human cultural forms associated with modernization o Modernity refers to the historical periods associated with the modern, usually beginning with the Renaissance but arguably solidified in the 19th century Key features o ‘All that is solid melts into air’ o important role of change, uncertainty and risk Ambiguity Doubt
Risk Continual change Continual excitement The promise of technological and social progress Waning of tradition and rise of the new urban development New forms of self Commodification Rational/scientific world view (progress) bureaucratization Key aesthetics o Aesthetics of self-consciousness o An interest in language and questions of representation o A rejection of realism in favour of an exploration of the uncertain character of the ‘real’ o A general dismissal of linear and realistic narrative in favour of montage and simultaneity o Art for Art’s sake o Celebration of the idea of depth and universal truths and myths o Use of fragmentation and collage o Celebration and legitimation of the artistic avant-garde and high culture (real art is difficult and challenges boundaries)

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