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01 INTRO TO MODERNISM AND POSTMODERNISM

Modernism and postModernism
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Jaime Bihlmeyer

on 3 August 2016

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Transcript of 01 INTRO TO MODERNISM AND POSTMODERNISM

MODERNISM
Alfred Hitchcock
Modern Life from the
Industrial Revolution on
is taking us to hell in
a cyclone of technology
spewing lethal gases and
chemicals
BUT:
ART can bring us
what other
institutions can't"
It can bring us unity and meaning!
SO:
artists start to create works that
undermine logic and
institutions, as well as
previous master narratives,
but in the final analysis,
they contribute to new master
narratives--or newly embellished
old meta-narratives.
Reject boundaries
between
high and low
forms of art
Rejecting genre distinctions
emphasize parody, irony, & playfulness
Embrace fragmentation and
discontinuity of narratives
embrace subjectivity
example: Hitchcock cameos in his movies
HOWEVER: Modernists don't loose site of making some kind of order out of chaos
by mixing high art and pop culture,

postMODERNISM
postModernism
is the critique of meta-narratives
by means of:
taking modernism further:
postmodernists
emphasize:
ambiguity, and
destructured, decentered,
dehumanized subjects

also: they emphasize play and disruption of universalities (meta-narratives).
Picasso: Paint "not what you see
but what you know is there."
1932
1937
PICASSO
PICASSO
Descartes
Hume
The End of Modernism
1912-1956
Blade Runner (Scott, 1982)
Film Noir
Genre films: musicals, westerns
1992
1962
TIP OF THE ICEBERG
Alfred Hitchcock
Rationalism
Empiricism
Realism
Filmmakers began to:
POPULAR BELIEF that:
Governments
Religions
Industry
stems from the
Old Master Narratives
Modernist
Painting
German Expressionism
Happy Endings!
Result: Massive
mistrust in:
Because:
Guernica
: Although a non-realist
painting, it can be though of as cathartic and
closer to the truth about Hitler and Franco's bombing atrocity in the small village in Northern Spain .
IN RESPONSE TO MODERNIST MALAISE:
Virginia
Wolf
New
Meta-
Narratives
Picasso
=Beauty as
Meta-narrative
Modernism in the Movies:
Munch: The Scream
POV of Distorted Mind
1920
and the chaos that is existence.

PROGRESS
ENLIGHTENMENT
TRUTH THROUGH
POST WORLD WAR II
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