[-empyre-] modern/conceptul dialectic -> N state?
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- Date: Tue, 07 Mar 2006 13:06:48 -0800
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A couple of questions for the respondents...
I have assumed that the modern and the postmodern (and previous epochs
back to the archaic) interoperate in layers in our cultural system, but
are in our contemporary state now stimulated by information
technology... fundamentally the speed of database.
In your view, what role does IT and database play, if any, in catalyzing
the contemporary situation? Could we say that it is in some sense that a
new epoch or zeitgeist, an N-state, is emerging to supersede the pomo
that is based on material differences that IT and database have
catalyzed? (I think I read this drift Bruno's human browser... creating
novel real performances out of a distributed database application that
has its own ideas about the local context... great stuff.) Or is the
present situation still best characterized as the lingering postmodern?
If the latter is the case, I do think it is very interesting to heed
what Henry Warwick had to say in a previous post about energy. Any
thoughts on what might stimulate a break in the epochal inertia?
Assuming that it is not broken already... I tend to think that all of
the accomplishments of postmodernism are best characterized as the first
phase of a new epoch which might be better named; and where the first
phase of course persistently misunderstands what has happened to us.
Misunderstanding is natural in times of massive technological and
economic change... it took modernism a long time to successfully
incorporate the industrial revolution... but in any case my view is that
the postmodern is at least maturing out of the euphoric/dystopic
dialectic of the 80's, which culminated nicely in the Matrix. We can see
now that the sign does not replace the real, but materially interacts
with it in new ways... like in the human browser... but oops... I'm
asking a question here... I should not be answering my own... sorry...
Brett Stalbaum, Lecturer, PSOE
Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts Major (ICAM)
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO
Department of Visual Arts
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