Horizons Worth Pursuing: A Discussion on Metamodernism and its Applicability in Activist Discourse

Metamodernism, in the article “Notes on Metamodernism” by authors Timotheus Velmeulen and Robin van den Akker, is the title given to the post-postmodern view of the current generation. It is based on a concept of calculated idealism which shifts between, at times combines, and thereby diverges from modern pragmatism and utopism and postmodern nostalgia and…

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Altermodernism and the End of Postmodernism

The term altermodernism is defined by Nicolas Bourriaud, the creator of the term, as being “that moment when it became possible to produce something that made sense starting from an assumed heterochrony” which “brings together three sorts of nomadism: in space, in time and among the ‘signs.’” Bourriaud argues that we are currently experiencing the…

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The Art of Globalization

In his essay and art exhibit, ‘Altermodern’, Nicolas Bourriaud shows how contemporary art has evolved due to globalization as society has grown to resemble an archipelago wherein territories are interconnected but individual. The contemporary art of his time is altermodern art, a synthesis of modernism and post-colonialism, whose message is largely dependent on the work’s…

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Altermodern Blog Post

Though the article by Bourriaud is quite dense and uses several examples from other authors, and artists, he mainly focusses on the finite nature of postmodernism, the rise of altermodernism, and the benefits and downfalls of each. He claims that due to postmodernism’s construction as a contrast to modernism, it is to be short-lived, a…

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The in-between & Ground 0

In the article “Notes on Metamoderism”, Timotheus Vermeulen and Robin van den Akker convey the idea that metamodernism is a response to 21st century world issues. Whereas modernism is focused on truth and reason, and postmodernism strives to completely cancel out the modern, metamodernism is a new, borderless lens for artists. Vermeulen and van den…

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Stuck in the Middle With You: Metamodernist Ideology in a Post-postmodern Age

In “Notes on metamodernism,” Timotheus Vermeulen and Robin van den Akker contend that postmodernism is dead, forced into extinction by ever-evolving societal ideals and priorities, resulting in the rise of metamodernism. They define this perceived movement as the seeming middle-ground between modernism and postmodernism, oscillating between commitment and detachment, respectively. This transition is accredited to…

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