Modernism (art), Modernity (culture), Postmodern, (adjective) postmodernism (the art), postmodernity (the culture).

Modern is a movement that has been around for a while, probably since post enlightenment in themid 1800’s

Then there was the industrial revolution when the steam engine was created and there was the birth of many philosophies and democracy.

Then in the lecture we talked about Romanticists, Empiricists. Neoclassicists. Romanticists believed in the theory, practice, and style of the romantic art, music, and literature of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, usually opposed to classicism. Empiricists believed that all ideas and categories are derived from sense experience and that knowledge cannot extend beyond experience, including observation, experiment, and induction. And Neoclassicists brought back the revival in the 18th and 19th centuries in architecture and art, especially in the decorative arts, characterized by order, symmetry, and simplicity of style.

Modernism was also said to have a utopian attitude, which basically believes in an ideal society.

The “NEW” is possible.
The “BEST” is possible.
It is about the visible
It believes that a style has an essence.

Form following function.

Post modernism is a vague term used to describe the many approaches to art that followed up Modernism
Experience things via representation.

Postmodernism (as an art form) is a broad set of artistic tactical approaches to the world around us. It seems to make people aware: of how language stipulates reality, of how the corporate landscape shapes our notion of nature, of where reality stops and art/media begins (or sometimes doesn’t)

The idea of “readymade art” comes from a 100 years earlier DADA movement. Duchamp’s bottle rack did pretty much the same thing. But the idea is fundamentally different to the idea of a “Hybrid” or an “Amalgam”

The idea that “Nothing is new under the sun” and that our only option is to beg, borrow, steal and “re-contextualize” is fundamental to Post-Modern work.

The Hybrid takes two or more dissimilar styles or concepts and places them in such a way as to create something new, frequently showing us what really made up the original styles

Postmodernism also involves the concept of something being a version of itself.

The idea is very playful and frequently references our associations and language. Once can see this most frequently in architecture. It’s from rarely follows it’s function.

Amalgamate- Hybrid of styles
Context is everything: Hip hop samples
A playful self-aware version of itself
Frequent references to language and culture


One thought on “Modernism/Post-modernism

  1. Nicole, I know it isn’t due yet but I just wanted to mention that I can’t tell if you understand me if you use my words so consistently, in reference to the post mod section.

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