No More Modern : Notes on Metamodernism

No More Modern : Notes on Metamodernism

Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)

Mariechen Danz, Knot in Arrow: the Dig of No Body.
HD Video, 15’05”, image courtesy of the artist.
November 8, 2011
No More Modern : Notes on Metamodernism

November 15, 2011–March 11, 2012

2 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019

In the past decade, theorists have attempted to tackle the question of what comes after modernism and post-modernism.  Only recently a new terminology has emerged to situate and explain recent developments across current affairs, critical theory, philosophy, architecture, art, cinema, music and literature: metamodernism.


Introduced as an intervention in the post-modernism debate by cultural theorists Timotheus Vermeulen and Robin van den Akker in their 2009 essay “Notes on Metamodernism,” metamodernism asserts that the 2000s where characterized by the return of typically modern positions without altogether forfeiting the postmodern mindsets of the 1990s and 1980s.


Showcasing this emerging discourse, the cinema program No More Modern : Notes on Metamodernism pairs cinema works, all produced in the 2000’s, with free copies of Van den Akker and Vermeulen’s essay.  Hailing from different countries, these artworks all illustrate Van Den Akker and Vermeulen’s tenants metamodernism being “a continuous oscillation, a constant repositioning between positions and mindsets that are evocative of the modern and of the postmodern but are ultimately suggestive of another sensibility that is neither of them.  A discourse that negotiates between a yearning for universal truths but also an (a)political relativism, between hope and doubt, sincerity and irony, knowingness and naivety, construction and deconstruction.”


Van Den Akker and Vermeulen suggest that the metamodern attitude longs for another future, another meta-narrative, while simultaneously acknowledging that that this future or narrative might not exist, or materialize, or, if it does materialize, is inherently problematic.


Even this program’s title, No More Modern : Notes on Metamodernsim, oscillates between a proclamation of earnest desire to break from the history of modernism while also acknowledging the irony in the impossibility of such a quest.  Together these works present this recent skeptical, but hopeful, turn in critical theory and cultural production. No More Modern showcases a sampling of works that present a new perspective in contextualizing our world in the new millennium.


Artists Included: Mariechen Danz, Benjamin Martin, Pilvi Takala and Guido Van De Ver


No More Modern : Notes on Metamodernism is organized by Jake Yuzna, Manager of Public Programs with assistance from Timotheus Vermeulen and Robin van den Akker.


No More Modern : Notes on Metamodernism is presented in response to the exhibition Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design on view from Oct 11, 2011–January 15, 2012




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