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All things hauntological, atemporal and future past nostalgic in music, media, art and ideas - from 3rd April 2018, new posts and updates will be available at a new Hauntology blog - https://hauntology.wixsite.com/hauntology - the current intention is to leave this site as it is as an archive of developments in hauntology from 2004-2018
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MoMA to Present THE FOREVER NOW, Begin. 12/14 - Broadway World

MoMA to Present THE FOREVER NOW, Begin. 12/14 - Broadway World | Hauntology | Scoop.it

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These works are united by a singular approach that characterizes a cultural moment in the early years of this millennium: they paradoxically do not represent-either through style, content, or medium-the time in which they are made. This "atemporality," or timelessness-also present in contemporary literature, fashion, and popular music-is manifested in painting through the reanimating of historical styles or by recreating a contemporary version of them, sampling motifs from across the timeline of 20th-century art in a single painting or across an oeuvre, or by radically paring down an artistic language to its most basic, archetypal form.' - MoMA

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THE ONLY STAIR THAT DOESN'T CREAK: Hauntology - Oxford American

THE ONLY STAIR THAT DOESN'T CREAK: Hauntology - Oxford American | Hauntology | Scoop.it
THE ONLY STAIR THAT DOESN'T CREAK: Hauntology - If ever there were a region of the world made to exemplify the postmodern philosopher Jacques Derrida's term hauntology, it is the contemporary South.
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ARTPULSE MAGAZINE » Feature » Art Criticism and Metamodernism - Timotheus Vermeulen and Robin van den Akker

ARTPULSE MAGAZINE » Feature » Art Criticism and Metamodernism - Timotheus Vermeulen and Robin van den Akker | Hauntology | Scoop.it

'The metamoderns are not looking back at history to discern a ‘rational’ pattern (that famous ‘owl of Minerva’) and noticing that there are a few loose ends that still need to be tied together, as the modern and postmodern readings of Hegel (or should we say: a certain type of vulgar Hegelians) would have it. On the contrary. Rather, they acknowledge that there is no such a thing as a necessary teleological pattern in history, yet still they project, informed by the past, a regulative idea onto the future. Kant argues, much like Hegel, that natural laws are the single condition and structuring principle of human life. However, he suggests, too, that we cannot know these laws and must therefore assume knowledge of them by historicizing-narrating, that is, indeed, imagining hierarchies and relations between and beyond the human actions they supposedly structure. Kant thus at once says: There is a purpose to history, and we imagine there to be a purpose to history, but it might not necessarily be so. Kant does not contradict himself, but he does not confirm the previous either: The first, schematic statement (there is a purpose) is instantly subverted by a second (but, well, it might only be a purpose to our mind).' -Timotheus Vermeulen and Robin van den Akker

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Off-Modernists | Dazed Digital

Off-Modernists | Dazed Digital | Hauntology | Scoop.it

'Aaron Rose, Mandy Kahn and Brian Roettinger’s book 'Collage Culture' ... aims to raise questions about the current status of things. “Why has the 21st century become an era of collage, in which creative works are made by combining elements from the former century?” the authors ask, “Why have musicians, writers and designers fallen in love with the past, busying themselves with borrowing instead of creating their art from scratch?” Rose says that the book came out of disappointment at how artists were repeating previous generations’ work rather than striving to create something new – the replication of the past rather than its reinvention. “I have always thought that the job of youth was to put their elders out of business. Not out of disrespect, but out of a longing, a real human longing, to be better than the last generation. To push things to the next level. To commit patricide.” Rose considers, “Sometimes when I look at guys like Kanye West, I wonder what they’re thinking. Those guys just steal and steal.”

 

Reworking, however, isn’t the same as theft. A number of artists are looking backwards and absorbing the past to create a new visual future. Theorist/artist/ writer Svetlana Boym has come up with a concept that is having increasing resonance: “As you know, postmodernism is dead. In fact, each time the end of history was declared, as in 1989 or 2000, we witnessed the return of history with vengeance. We are living in the culture of rapid obsolescence of everything and a fast pace of forgetting of history that strikes back as a boomerang. To bring back Walter Benjamin’s distinction between the culture of information and the culture of experience, the culture of information does not always allow us to digest, inhabit and make meaning of the recent events. Many contemporary artists return to a slower pace of reflection and an alternative new media which I call off-modern.”' - Francesca Gavin

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