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Experimentations in Abstract Postmodernism 
...but what is postmodernism?

           


Postmodernism is...

...Not so much a stage after modernism, more an impulse to deconstruct totalising systems of knowledge, meaning or belief grand narratives in the terminology of French philosopher Jean-Francois Lyotard (religions, for example, or grand political theories such as capitalism or communism, or nationalisms, or humanist theories of identity). The postmodern condition , for Lyotard, is that of living without such systems or myths; for Derrida this is about celebrating this advent of an open future. ...
www.adamranson.freeserve.co.uk/critical%20concepts.htm

...unlike Modernism, Postmodernism starts from the assumption that grand utopias are impossible. It accepts that reality is fragmented and that personal identity is an unstable quantity transmitted by a variety of cultural factors. Postmodernism advocates an irreverent, playful treatment of one's own identity, and a liberal society.
www.ffotogallery.org/th-edu/glossary.htm

...is still a much debated term within the history of art. When it started, what it means, and even whether or not it exists at all are all questions still asked by many artists and academics alike. In general terms any work of art made after the Modernist era should be considered postmodern. A reasonable assertion would be that the term was first applied to a trend in the architecture of the late sixties.
www.usi.edu/artdept/artinindiana/Glossary/glossary.html

...the fragmentation of modern knowledge; contemporary criticism of modern worldviews, skeptical of humanity's progress, analyzing or deconstructing beliefs and pointing out contradictory world views; contemporary Euro-American intellectual movement. Subjectivism, relativism, cynicism, critical theory..
www.uwec.edu/greider/WorldReligions/Final.terminology.htm

...A worldview that emphasizes the existence of different worldviews and concepts of reality, rather than one "correct or true" one. Whereas modernism emphasized a trust in the empirical scientific method, and a distrust and lack of faith in ideologies and religious beliefs that could not be tested using scientific methods; postmodernism emphasizes that a particular reality is a social construction by a particular group, community, or class of persons. ...
www.greeleynet.com/~cnotess/gloss.htm

...a philosophy that holds that the traits associated with twentieth-century modernism, such as belief in the possibility of managing social change according to sets of agreed principles, are now in retreat in the face of increasing individualism, pluralism and eclecticism.
media.pearsoncmg.com/intl/ema/uk/0131217666/student/0131217666_glo.html