Q/A Mathieu Copeland

What was postmodernism?

"Either postmodernism never happened or it never really passed. The etymology of post-modernity, as Robert Barsky reminds us in the Encyclopedia of Postmodernism (2000), derives from the combination of “post” (after) and “modo” (just now). The continuous loop from then to now. Jean-François Lyotard in 1982 described postmodernism as “modernism [not] at its end, but in a nascent state, and this state is recurrent”. An alternate view would be that of artist Peter Halley, who wrote in 1981 that if most define postmodernism in relation to modernism being over..."


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