The Altmodern: Cross Cultural Connections

The article, “Altermodern” by Nicolas Bourriaud discusses the history of the modern, postmodern, and altermodern movements amongst art and culture. While assessing characteristics of each movement, Bourriaud hopes to define the altermodern movement. Altermodernity is described as an intersection of culture. Often post-colonial in nature, altermodernity signifies the death of postmodernity. Altermodernity is disorienting and…

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Altermodernism and the Assemblage of Things

Two concepts are key to altermodernism: nomadism and the archipelago. The artist as a nomad in spacetime, as well as in various cultures spanning across spacetime, investigates the world along these planes, often all at once, without being tied down to any one set of conventions at any single point in history. Exploring the world…

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Supermodernity: Non-places

In Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity, Marc Augé talks about places and introduces the idea of non-places. These places are unlike conventional anthropological places as they are void of history, relation and identity. Non-places include places which we unknowingly spend an abundant amount of time at, such as airports, roads, or in front…

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Digimodern Text in an AI World

In chapter two of Alan Kirby’s book, Digimodernism: How New Technologies Dismantle the Postmodern and Reconfigure Our Culture, the reader is introduced to the concept of the digimodern text; primarily it’s attributes, relation to literature, and developing lexicon. When written in 2009, the internet was at the precipice of jumping off the proverbial ‘cliff’ and…

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The Double Logic Of Remediation

In “Introduction: The Double Logic of Remediation”, authors David J. Boulter and Richard Grusin explore the idea the use of both immediacy and hypermediacy to create remediation in our culture, and observe the fact that our culture both wants to use media yet attempts to ignore the medium in order to “leave us in the…

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Is a Home a Place?

The piece, “From Places to Non-Places” by Marc Augé offers a complex analysis of supermodernity, with a focus on the idea of anthropological places and non-places. Places are defined as anthropological places rooted in history, relations, and societies. Places give people identity and purpose. In contrast, non-places are all the spots in between, mostly locations…

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Society’s Loss of the Human Experience

David Bolter and Richard Grusin raise an interesting question in “Introduction: The Double Logic of Remediation”. They question the kind of contradiction between immediacy and hypermediacy in the media. It appears as though the media strives for a sense of immediacy through hypermediacy. One example that Bolter and Grusin use is CNN. Their website is…

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