seminar – time and the modern

lift film


modern comsumerism

‘inception’ –  film
real time –

‘momento’ – film

modernity –

In general, the term modernism encompasses the activities and output of those who felt the “traditional” forms of art, architecture, literature, religious faith, social organization and daily life were becoming outdated in the new economic, social, and political conditions of an emerging fully industrialized world.

In the essay “The Painter of Modern Life” (1864), Charles Baudelaire gives a literary definition: “By modernity I mean the transitory, the fugitive, the contingent” (Baudelaire 1964, 13).
“term applied to the cultural condition in which the seemingly absolute necessity of innovation becomes a primary fact of life, work, and thought”. And modernity in art “is more than merely the state of being modern, or the opposition between old and new” (Smith 2009).

Modern art includes artistic works produced during the period extending roughly from the 1860s to the 1970s, and denotes the style and philosophy of the art produced during that era.The term is usually associated with art in which the traditions of the past have been thrown aside in a spirit of experimentation. Modern artists experimented with new ways of seeing and with fresh ideas about the nature of materials and functions of art. A tendency toward abstraction is characteristic of much modern art. More recent artistic production is often called Contemporary art or Postmodern art.

By the end of the 1970s, when cultural critics began speaking of “the end of painting” (the title of a provocative essay written in 1981 by Douglas Crimp), new media art had become a category in itself, with a growing number of artists experimenting with technological means such as video art.

Towards the end of the 20th century, a number of artists and architects started questioning the idea of “the modern” and created typically Postmodern works.
World War I brought an end to this phase but indicated the beginning of a number of anti-art movements, such as Dada, including the work of Marcel Duchamp, and of Surrealism. Artist groups like de Stijl and Bauhaus developed new ideas about the interrelation of the arts, architecture, design, and art education.


Towards the end of the 20th century, a number of artists and architects started questioning the idea of “the modern” and created typically Postmodern works.
work, theory, art etc that 20th Century onwards which exhibit awareness of and reinterpret the modern

Seminar – Nick and Stuart

-breaks away from traditional/values – seeing new things, searching for new ideas, new understanding the world -modern enlightenment?
– transformation, crossing boundaries – all aspects of human life/existence
– industry/science – all new ideas, allowing for new tech, concepts, production, speed.

books to read:

David Harvey – Condition of post-modernity  [space/time compression.

Marshall McLuhan – The medium is in the message

Roland Barthes – [semiotics] – Mythologies

man with a movie camera 

modern remake edition –

actual film

chaplin – modern times – factory scene

washes whiter

advertising – moved from what/price/where to what it can do/promise for you.
lifestyle, sex, music, quick edits, speed, needs, desires, immediate. – LINKS to DEBORD.

 fine art separates people from their money – bowie clip

workshop – John Ingledew

‘thats a really inspired idea’

writing/producing a book discussion –

-blad – basic layout and design, make ‘dummy’ [pdf and real]
-wyvern bindery

John’s book – much of workshop from it –

strategies for idea creation –

powerful signifier, reverse, use all senses, best/worst, detail, visual metaphor, illusion, polar, reveal, duality.

~ by mrtbrown on November 8, 2011.

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