Thursday, 22 October 2015
The Eighties Again
From the Condition of Postmodernity by David Harvey
Modernism on the left, postmodernism on the right.
form (conjunctive, closed): antiform (disjunctive, open)
art object/finished work: process/performance/happening
interpretation/reading: against interpretation/isreading
lisible (readerly): scriptible (writerly)
narrative/grande histoire: anti-narrative/petite histoire
master code: idiolect
God the Father: the Holy ghost
We tried so hard to be post-modern in the 80s, avoiding list A and embracing list B. But it is quite difficult to pursue an activity while carefully avoiding anything like an end-point. I found myself collaborating with people who had apparently never worked on a project that produced something.
Column A doesn't just represent "modernism", it represents the Establishment and right-wing politics. And isn't it defining what appears in Column B? So that post-modernism couldn't exist without modernism?
More about the 80s here, and links to the rest.