“For our art to be more relevant to life, we need to be consciously engaged with the world around us.”
WHAT IS THE METAMODERN?
The Metamodern is a digital magazine for the contemporary mind, where perspectives on art, geopolitics and metamodern lifestyles converge. It’s about a world view from the artist’s perspective. As the digital realm evolves we become less dependent on physical location. In the age of metamodernism the magazine aesthetic conforms to the digital culture. Stay tuned as we talk about risk averse topics with viewpoints from outside the boundaries of manufactured consent.
We have a strong respect for history and the arts. We believe the arts and humanities to be important keys to unlocking critical thinking and new understanding for the future. Please, feel free to comment or CONTACT us about any issue that engages or enrages you. The Metamodern offers an open forum to all and your freedom of personal expression will be humbly respected and appreciated.
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Late In 2007, the word metamodernism had been explained as a partial agreement with, a partial emergence from, and partial a reaction to, postmodernism, “..the idea that only in their interconnection and continuous revision lie the possibility of grasping the nature of contemporary cultural and literary phenomena.” [wikipedia 5]
Meet Mr. Vermeulen and Mr. van den Akker
Early In 2010, renowned cultural theorists, Mr. Robin van den Akker and Mr. Timotheus Vermeulen suggested metamodernism as a kind of intervention for the post-postmodernism debate. In their joint publication titled, Notes on Metamodernism, both argued that the 2000s had been marked by the resurgence of what were normally modern positions that didn’t nullify any of the postmodern mindsets from the early 1980s through the mid 1990s. To Vermeulen and Akker, the metamodern mindset, “can be conceived of as a kind of informed naivety, a pragmatic idealism”, emblematic of Western cultural responses to world events including climate change, the housing market, geopolitical instability, and of course our favorite, the digital revolution. Vermeulen held that “the postmodern culture of relativism, irony, and pastiche” is finished, and has been replaced by the “post-ideological condition,” emphasizing engagement, personal affect, and the act of storytelling.
Note: The prefix “meta-” in the context of “metamodernism” refers to Plato’s “metaxy,” simply describing a motion that takes place between opposite poles as well as beyond them.