Postmodernism April 11
You are not yourself (untitiled) Barbara Kruger 1982
b who am I ? When I erase the code?
codes: gender , identity
difference between gender and sex: performativity of your sexual identity
How do I come to presive as a man/ a woman?
How a woman/man should behave?
The being itself is a text to be read.
The postmoderiser see the world like neo. They see the world, breaking the code/inlusion and seeing the truth.
What is reality? What is real/fiction?
Documentary: Genius of Photography
consumption of the society: hamburg/young boy whore
influence of the media: black whore, black person on TV
Main characteristics of Postmoderism:
- anti autoriteit
Is postmodernism a period?
Is postmodernism a set of ideologies?
Is postmodernism a set of style?
It is widely agreed that there is no precise moment of rupture between the modern and postmodern. Rather, postmodernism intersects with and permeates late modernity.
They collect things from different aspects, and then make a new version out of it.
Postmodernism challenge the high archicy, there is no social status, everyone is equal when talking about art. They are anti-authority.
Ideology: a system of thoughts
Main characteristics of Postmodernism:
- Doesn’t make a distinction between high art and popular culture and questions traditional binary opposites such as male/female, nature/culture, original/copy, culture and traditional values such as authorship.
- Puts emphasis on the idea of “style” and upgrades everything that is fleeting and has to do with the “surface of things” (fashion etc.)
- Interrogates history (and historiography) and is against the master narratives (or mate narratives) of society such as a religion, science, Marxism, psychoanalysis, Enlightenment, myths of progress and other that intend to explain all facets of life.
- Puts the emphasis on ideas pluralism and multiplicity (the idea of difference is central to postmodern thought and leads to a great interest in the concept of identity politics.)
- Believes that there is no such a thing as a direct understanding of the world through one’s sense: everything we experience is mediated through language, images, social forces etc.
- Postmodernism emphasizes irony and one’s own involvement in low or popular culture.