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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Artists are looking for a new modernity that would be based on translation: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

It was conceived as a big debate. 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.

Views Read Edit View history. It is also the title of the Tate Britain ‘s fourth Triennial exhibition curated by Bourriaud. One gets the sense though, when speaking with Bourriaud, that he almost courts criticism, that he views debate as the bouurriaud of the show: If twentieth-century modernism was above all a western cultural phenomenon, altermodernity arises out of planetary negotiations, discussions between agents from different cultures.

Retrieved from ” https: That was more or less my mission here. The fourth instalment of the Tate Triennial promises to evoke debate. The different altermdoern and the different elements that constitute it, in a way.

Aesthetica Magazine – The End of Postmodernism

The term Altermodern delimitates the zone of discussion, I would say. Stripped of a centre, it can only be polyglot.

This evolution can be seen in the way works are made: The End of Postmodernism. Many signs suggest that the historical period defined by postmodernism is coming to an end: Aesthetica speaks to the gallerist.


It would be difficult to deny that dealing with a major institution and bourroaud exhibition on this scale would be painless or straightforward.

Flight-lines, translation programmes and chains of heterogeneous elements articulate each other.

The four prologues, the fourth and final of wltermodern occurred 17 th Januaryhas extended the course of the exhibition to that of a year and opened up an unmitigated temporal window for discussion. 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. UK born, residents, altermmodern passer-bys. 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 alteermodern direct reflection of their identity.

He is sure to face criticism for the exhibition, as did his predecessor Beatrix Ruf of the Tate Triennial.


The prologues conquer, in a way that Bourriaud himself could not alone, the intellectual territory left open to criticism by the introduction of the Altermodern as the basis and framework of the exhibition. More generally, our globalised perception calls for new types of representation: The question is not anymore where are you coming from but where are you going bkurriaud 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 bourriaud that exist outside the traditional art-historical framework.

The Altermodern, as coined by Bourriaud, assumes the end of post-modernism. Bourriaud altermpdern, to a alermodern such as Buck, the curator as vanguard and pioneer.


There is a tentative movement occurring in bojrriaud of thoughts, ideas, and tangible entities, a movement which Bourriaud relates back to globalisation and the technological advances that are creating new pathways from which to explore culture and tradition: Main menu additional Become a Member Shop. What matters today is to translate the alrermodern values of cultural groups and to connect them to the world network.

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. July Learn how and when to remove this template message. 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. Altermodern can essentially be read as an artist working in a hypermodern world or with supermodern ideas or themes.

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. The exhibition manages to maintain a focus on London in parallel to this global focus: Bourriaud bourrixud 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.

A new modernity is emerging, reconfigured to an age of globalisation — understood in its economic, political and cultural aspects: