* pov.vtheatre.net/pomo --
... pomo was dying modernism. It was long ago. Now both are dead.
filmplus.org/600 -- if only I can work on it!
10 years ago I treated postmodernism with respect. PM had too much of respect for modernism. It was the time when I could read and write.
Crazy! I was doing my webpages already! Didn't foresee that soon I won't have any patience for full sentences? It was so obvious!
No, I should be more radical -- who care for modernism in any form of humanism?
I should know better; I was born in USSR.
Well, I was trying to be a good American...
2007 -- 2008 -- 2009
Why film? You have to start somewhere...
- Because I want to stress that we are beyond the border.
- What border?
- History, humanity, mortality, all of it.
- How could you be sure of it?
Yes, I use this term in my classes, in my writing. And every time I use it, I feel that I am nor radical enough, that I do not go far enough.... But this is as far we can get to the new thought. Perhaps, this is as far as we can get using words....
Theory of Spectatorship aDiary + Film-North Album (new)
POMO Page in Script Analysis
Other POMO pages:
SummaryNo more division between art and science.
QuestionsQuestions only. The moment you offer "answers" -- you are from the past!
NotesPOMO Page in script.vtheatre.net
Bad Subjects, Wrong Theories
questia.com: Postmodernism in History: Fear or Freedom? by Beverley Southgate; Routledge, 2003 - Part 1: Fear (The Present) - 1: Postmodernism and Pomophobia - 2: Postmodernism and History - Part 2: Contextualisation (The Past) - 3: Postmodern Perspectives - 4: Postmodern Parallels - Part 3: Freedom (The Future) - 5: Overcoming the Constraints of Modernism - 6: History in Postmodernity
Philosophy after Postmodernism: Civilized Values and the Scope of Knowledge by Paul Crowther; Routledge, 2003 - Introduction: Postmodernity, Perspectivalism and Supermodernism - Part I: Civilization, Postmodernity and Philosophy - 1: The Intrinsic Value and Scope of Civilization - 2: From Civilization to Postmodernity - Part II: Questions of Knowledge - 3: Refoundational Knowledge - 4: Imagination and Objective Knowledge - 5: The Cohesion of the Self - 6: The Limits of Objective Knowledge - Part III: Questions of Ethics - 7: Narrative and Self-Consciousness - 8: Attacks Upon Civilization - Part IV: Critique - 9: Against Epistemological Nihilism - 10: From Rock Music to Deep Signification - 11: Sociological Imperialism and the Field of Cultural Production - 12: Knowledge and the Attack Upon Higher Education - Part V: Conclusion - Conditions of Critical Autonomy
The Routledge Companion to Postmodernism by Stuart Sim; Routledge, 2001
The Social Thought of Ortega Y. Gasset: A Systematic Synthesis in Postmodernism and Interdisciplinarity by John T. Graham; University of Missouri Press, 2001 - Chapter 1: “what Are Books?” and “what is Reading?” Utopia and Reform - Chapter 2: Linguistics, Hermeneutics, and Historiology - Chapter 3: “individual” and “collectivity” - Chapter 4: Toward a “social” Unity in the Humanities and Sciences - Chapter 5: Social, Cultural, Intellectual, Colonial, Gender, and Women's Histories - Chapter 6: European Union, the United States, the Americas, and the World - Chapter 7: Modernism as Postmodern - Chapter 8: Interdisciplinary Theory and Practice - Chapter 9: Worldly Idols Versus a Postmodern Future
The Postmodern by Simon Malpas; Routledge, 2005 - 1: Modernism and Postmodernism - 2: Modernity and Postmodernity - 3: Subjectivity - 4: History - 5: Politics
History without a Subject: The Postmodern Condition by David Ashley; Westview Press, 1997 - 1: Postmodernism in America: An Introduction - 2: Postmodernism And Social Theory - 3: Postmodern Identity And Postmodern Political Mobilization - 4: Postmodernity as a "Regime Of Accumulation"?: from Fordism To "Flexible Accumulation" - 5: The Globalizing World Economy, The Compression of Time, And The Spatial Reorganization Of Social Domination - 6: Postmodernity And Flexible Stratification: Is Class Still Material? - 7: Reorganized Capitalism: New Processes of Power And Motivation - 8: The New Professionals: Changes in Authority And Formal Organization - 9: Postmodernity And The New Class - 10: Conclusion
The Idea of the Postmodern: A History by Hans Bertens; Routledge, 1995 - Part I: Postmodernisms - 1: Introduction - 2: Anti-Modernisms - 3: Modernism, Existentialism, Postmodernism - 4: The 1970s Continued - 5: Postmodern Deconstruction - Part II: …and Postmodernities - 6: The 1980s - 7: Antithetical Radicalisms - 8: Fredric Jameson - 9: Postmodern Politics - 10: The Postmodern as a New Social Formation
Virtual Theatres: An Introduction by Gabriella Giannachi; Routledge, 2004 - 1: Hypertextualities - 2: Cyborg Theatre - 3: The (Re-)Creation of Nature - 4: Performing Through the Hypersurface - 5: Towards an Aesthetic of Virtual Reality
Oh, this is another "conceptual" page, affiliated with all my sites, because of the methodology. POMO or PM is Postmodernism. I try to free the subject pages from the subject of my tools. The Postmodern suits me -- everything about me is "ex" or "former"! I am ex-Soviet and former Russian writer. I consider myself as a post-human; it's only a matter of time, my friends.
Postmodern is very loose, it has no center or self-discipline. I like it.
I can't talk about film without being a pomo. I am not a critic and I don't remember when I was in a movie-THEATRE (what kind of name is that! There is no theatre in there! Only people who never went to theatre could call the empty dark hall a "theatre"!) Well, anyway, sometimes I wonder, what do they fuss about? Postmodern? Watching a film is the postmodern phenomena! Simulacra? Replacement of reality? But of course! What else?
I recommend (Cinema I and Cinema II):
The finest reflection on cinema.
Gilles Delueze creates in his books on cinema a taxonomy, an attempt at the classification of cinematic images and signs. This classification is an insightful elaboration on Bergson's theses on movement and on Pierce's signs system. If this taxonomy is the core of the "movement-image" book, its heart is a brilliant and systematic history of aesthetic forms of the classical cinema. Some of the more interesting ideas are the two poles of the close-up, Goethe's theory of color and German expressionism, the space in Bresson, an account of Bunuel as naturalist, the difference between John Ford and Howard Hawks, the crisis of the action-image and the essence of comedy as in Lubitsch, Chaplin and Keaton. Nevertheless, it is not a book about cinema, nor is it a book of film history. It is the practice of concepts. Deleuze writes: "Philosophical theory is itself a practice, just as much as its object. It is no more abstract than its object...So that there is always a time, midday-midnight, when we must no longer ask ourselves 'What is cinema?' but 'What is philosophy?'". Only Deleuze, one of the greatest minds of our Century, could answer this question with so much elegance, profundity, ingenuity and mystical charm.Pomo-man's Notes about Pomism
Postmodernism is quite difficult to define and categorize in terms of traditional generic guidelines. Rather, it is a combination of lots of different genres, signs, and cultural elements.
The features of Postmodernist (films) are:
Hedonism ... the ego is the space where the film takes place (see film600).
Decadence ... things which are often seen towards the end of a culture's natural life (or even the after-life of the culture).
A feature of postmodernism is its ability to shock, without linking this device to a message. This differs from, say, Soviet Montage and Italian Neo-Realism, which do convey messages with their material.
Jean Baudrillard has this to say:
People no longer project themselves into their objects, with their affects and their representations... and even if it can always be marked out in detail, one feels that it is not really there that things are being played out.(2)
No, no! PM, POMO, Postmodern can't be a theory! Enough! I can't push it anymore...
So, I opened a new ditectory Film600: Wrong Theory, Bad Subjects.... too soon.
Oh, you still wish to know what exactly postmodernism is! "In short, it seeks to question rather than exploit cultural codes, to explore rather than conceal social and political affiliations." (Foster)(3)
The Irony and Self-Irony (last is the first).
Stylistic elements: tradition of formalism and constructivism (forms are the messages). POMO is full of the mix of Marxism and Existentionalism.
"Importance" -- and management of its messages (nothing and never is absolutely important). Relativism? "It depends," as the kids say.
"Content" - what is or isn't postmodernism?... Content? What is this content in Mozart? Music as philosophy. How about "music as metaphysics"?
[ David Lynch (Lost Highway) and Jim Jarmusch (Dead Man): American pomists take on film-narrative. (see Films Notes Page and film.vtheatre.net: Film Analysis) ]
The Seventh Age of Film: virtual world, now... Film was the pick of the high modernism. Historically and culturally. From Photograph to Motion Pictures: entrance into kingdom of speed -- Dromology.
Film600 pages -- I call it Film Anti-Theory. Pomo is personal and I like this style of discource, free and even chaiotic. Rules? The thought must have poetic forms, and therefore -- extremely personal. Nietzsche was the first?...
Last modernist? And Wilde? The 20th century was the transition. POMO is very "communistic" -- at least, as communications, IT, and other technologies of new post-humans (see TECH files).
* 2008 -- ...
texts: ... semio
in focus: Tarkovsky, film as philosophy
reading: Film Art (textbook)
... 21 Century = Utopia Project (Internet and Web)
Virtual Theatre and Book of Spectator ...
2006 pomo project: pomo.vtheatre.net (see "books" page).
2005-2006 Theatre UAF Season: Four Farces + One Funeral & Godot'06
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