Modernism lesson 1

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Modernism lesson 1

  1. 1. Modernism and post modernism A2 Media Studies Critical Perspectives in Media
  2. 2. Lesson Objectives • To be introduced to a new unit - post modernism. • To understand some new terms Modernism and Postmodernism.
  3. 3. Modernism • Modernism - A style/movement in the Arts (Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Literature, Poetry etc.) that challenged traditional and classical forms. • We might think of this as beginning in the late 1800s. Roughly occurred between 1875 and the mid-1900’s • Put very simply, the argument is that artists etc. believed that Art needed to change to reflect the change in society - which was becoming more modern, industrial, secular (non-religious) and rational (ideas based on reason and science as
  4. 4. Modernist art and architecture what features do they have in common? Do you like it? • search
  5. 5. Modernist art challenged the realism and illusion of the romantic era and was often ‘abstract’ •. John Constable (Romanticism) Pablo Picasso (Modernism)
  6. 6. Modernist art - what views do you have on it? •. Modernism is self conscious and led to experimentation - artists’ paintings draw attention to themselves and the materials used ie the blob of paint. - E.g. Jackson Pollock
  7. 7. Modernist architecture architecture • This skyscraper, the Seagram Building in New York (1956–1958 by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's), (right) became the archetypal modernist building. • What are the main differences between modernist architecture on the right and what came before it? (above left) • Why was modernist architecture designed in this way?
  8. 8. Modernist architecture • Modernist architects and designers believed that buildings should be practically designed - as opposed to decorative Churches or cathedrals in the past • Modernist designers typically rejected decoration in design, preferring to emphasise the materials used and pure geometrical forms.
  9. 9. Modernist literature literature • Modernist literature is sub-genre of Modernism - characterised by writing that was utopian, positive and reflected great developments in the field of political theory, philosophy and psychoanalysis. • After WW2, the writing reflected disillusionment and a lack of trust in government and religion, and displayed the fears of a darker side of humanity. (eg T S Eliot’s Wasteland) • • • • TS Eliot - poet EM Forester - novelist James Joyce - novelist and poet - Ulysses and Homer’s Odyssey D H Lawrence - novelist, poet, playright - Lady Chatterley’s lover
  10. 10. Modernism • Some argue we moved on to the postmodern age - from the period following the end of the 2nd World War. This is contentious though - many critics and academics would argue that postmodernism is just a late stage of modernism. • You’ll see why when you understand what the characteristic/features/techniques of modernism are.
  11. 11. • • • • • • • Modernism Self-conciousness/self-reflexivity. Alternative ways of thinking about representation - rejecting traditional approaches. Rejection of realism. Experimentation. Fragmentation in form and representation. Modernism challenged the status quo. Modernism retained a belief that rationality and reason were the key to progress.
  12. 12. • Modernism Self-reflexivity. (drawing attention to itself as art) Rejecting traditional ideas about realism and experimenting with representation.
  13. 13. Task: • Write up on your blog the time period when modernity existed and some descriptions of what kind of movement it was and how it featured in the Arts. • Homework: Add 3 extra examples (each with images) to your blog, of modernist art, architecture and novels (which aren’t in this handout.)

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