Nicolas Bourriaud, ‘Altermodern Manifesto’, online at Tate website: http://www. ‘Global Modernities’. Altermodern [Nicolas Bourriaud] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Few books can boast of introducing an entirely new word to the English. BR: What is the ‘Altermodern?’ NB: First, it is an attempt to reexamine our present, by replacing one periodizing tool with another. After 30 years.

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Nicolas Bourriaud, art critic, curator of the Triennial, and founding director of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, is leaving the safety net of post-modernism and embracing the possibilities that exist outside the traditional art-historical framework. Not to be confused with Altermodernity.

The Altermodern, as coined by Bourriaud, assumes the end of post-modernism. Curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, he introduces a new art term Altermodernwhich describes how artists are responding to the increasingly global context in which we live. We are entering the era of universal subtitling, of generalised dubbing. Tweet Share Reblog Pin.


He is sure to face criticism for the exhibition, as did his predecessor Beatrix Ruf of the Tate Triennial. Multiculturalism and identity is being overtaken by creolisation: The format of the exhibition and the events leading up to the opening, necessarily instigate debate and breed an atmosphere of excitement around the triennial.

There is a pervasive fear of the shifting dynamic of society and global culture; of the unfamiliar allegiances and relationships that are being created that negate the idea of a sole, identifiable origin. Bourriaud avoids this by choosing artists from a global and macrocosmic viewpoint; he looks at how they function and interrelate within the world and how this is reflected in their work rather than how their work is a direct reflection of their identity.

Undoubtedly, as with any major exhibition at a key institution, this is to be assumed and expected. a,termodern

boueriaud Altermodern art is thus read as a hypertext; artists translate and transcode information from one format to another, and wander in geography as well as in history. There is a tentative movement occurring in terms of thoughts, ideas, and tangible entities, a movement which Bpurriaud relates back to globalisation and the technological advances that are creating new pathways from which to explore culture and tradition: UK born, residents, and passer-bys.


Bourriaud views the prologues as a way of exposing and documenting the intellectual process of an exhibition and involving the artists, critics, and academics, not only as witnesses but contributors to the Triennial.

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More generally, our globalised perception calls for new types of representation: The End of Postmodernism. It would be difficult to deny that dealing with a major institution and an exhibition on this scale altdrmodern be painless or straightforward. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Each Prologue includes lectures, performances, film and a manifesto text and attempts to define what the curator sees as the four main facets of Altermodern [2] [3].

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. The exhibition manages to maintain a focus on London in parallel to this global focus: The four prologues, the fourth and final of which occurred 17 th Januaryhas extended the course of the exhibition to that of a year and opened up an unmitigated temporal window for discussion.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It is also the title of the Tate Britain ‘s fourth Triennial exhibition curated by Bourriaud. Many signs suggest that the historical period defined by postmodernism is coming to an end: This article needs additional citations for verification.

This can be problematic and delimitating, especially when the majority of exhibiting artists are not necessarily born in, or relate to, the traditions and cultures of their birth.

What matters today is to translate the cultural values of cultural groups and to connect them to the world network. The fourth instalment of the Tate Triennial promises to evoke debate. The times seem propitious for the recomposition of a modernity in the present, altegmodern according to the specific context within which we live — crucially in the age of globalisation — understood in its economic, political and cultural aspects: This necessarily opens up the exhibition to a series of tangential discussions that serve to bolster the conceptual arrangement rather than act as a hindrance to its intellectual development.


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Artists are looking for a new modernity that would be based on translation: The Triennial is intrinsic to the development of these intellectual thoughts and theories and he utilises it as a conduit with which bourriadu explore these themes. Artists are responding to a new globalised perception. Bourriaud is, to a critic such as Buck, the curator as vanguard and pioneer.

Altermoderna portmanteau word defined by Nicolas Bourriaudis an attempt at contextualizing art made in today’s global context as a reaction against standardisation and commercialism. This evolution can be seen in the way works are made: Altermodern can essentially be read as an artist working in a hypermodern world or with supermodern ideas or themes. Simon Oldfield is the director of Simon Oldfield Gallery. One gets the sense bohrriaud, when speaking with Bourriaud, that he almost courts criticism, that he views debate as the impetus of altermorern show: This page was last edited on 13 Octoberat That was more or less my mission here.

If twentieth-century modernism was above all a western cultural phenomenon, altermodernity arises out of planetary negotiations, discussions between agents from different cultures.

Aesthetica speaks to the gallerist. Stripped of a centre, it can only be polyglot.