Week 5: Culture Topic: Post modernism

So just when you thought it was safe to go back in the Modernist water.. Good old Post modernism rears its self relflexive head.

The big problem you are going to have with postmodernism is that its very difficult to define:

But its a hugely influential term that encompasses Art, critical thought and philosophy and also its a favourite word of Shoreditch hipsters and Arty types;"thats so postmodern bruh"etc

A postmodern text: to choose your postmodern text you could do worse than visit the V& A museums website for an old exhibition they had on this topic: http://www.vam.ac.uk/page/p/postmodernism/

But the choice is yours. I'm going for.......

Scream (Wes Craven, 1996):

Everything about this film is an 'in-joke' its a reflexive self pastiche of the horror genre that gleefully plays with the audiences expectations and is aware of their knowledge of the genre in very scene. This is postmodern because it sees the Art form outside of just the creation itself and it avoids the 'grand narratives' of how people looked at things before. A horror film doesn't need to be just a horror film it can be something much more interesting. 
It uses 'Inter-textuality' as every scene references existing horror films and it blends low brow horror aesthetics and narratives with a more intellectual overview.

Postmodernism Characteristics in Scream from Lewis Bloom on Vimeo.


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