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spotlight: that moment right before your brain starts to hurt

Say “adios” to Postmodernism and say “hello” to altermodern.

Nope, that’s not short for “Alternative Modernism”, so don’t be expecting any quotes from Kurt Cobain, Stone Temple Pilots, or even the Presidents of the United States of America.

Jo Ramirez

Marcus Coates Firebird, Rhebok, Badger and Hare 2008 © The artist.

Taylor Worley, the illustrious thinker of all things . . . significant and beautiful . . . recently posted a video that may turn out to be your first exposure to the next major step  in the philosophical development of our world.

In the clip, Nicolas Bourriaud (author of Relational Aesthetics, well known art critic, and curator of Tate Britain) explains the background of the forthcoming 2009 Tate Triennial which, says Worley, “promises to be one of the most significant moments in the recent history of art.”

Before watching the clip, look over this explanation of the event from the 2009 Tate Triennial website:

Bourriaud is proposing the new art term ‘Altermodern’ to describe how artists are responding to the increasingly global context in which we all now live.

Altermodern claims that the period defined as postmodernism has come to an end and a new culture for the 21st century is emerging. Increased communication, travel and migration are having a huge effect on the way we live now. Altermodern describes how artists at the forefront of their generation are responding to this globalised culture with a new spirit and energy.

Is postmodernism dead? What does it mean to be modern today?

Come along to the exhibition and decide for yourself.

Sounds catchy, doesn’t it?

Now Listen to Bourriaud as he explains his vision for the show and the new philosophy inspiring this group of international artists:

If you didn’t catch that the first time, it doesn’t surprise me.  My recommendation is that you join me in watching it again . . . and again . . . and again . . . however many times it takes to get a feel for “Altermodernism”.

I think you might be hearing that word again.

HT: Taylor Worley at Making Senses of It All

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Do you agree?  Does this isolated art show in Britain really mean anything to the broader philosophical worldview of the global community?

Does the world of art really have anything substantial to say to the ‘common man’?


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