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From Modernism to Postmodernism

Between Universal and Local

Edited By Gregor Pompe, Katarina Bogunović Hočevar and Nejc Sukljan

The book explores two radical changes of cultural and social paradigm that determined the World after 1945 – Modernism and Postmodernism. From the cataclysmic atmosphere emerged the second wave of Modernism. In art this attitude was manifested in the form of a radical break with the aesthetic and stylistic characteristics of prior generations. In architecture the International Style was born, meanwhile similar «universality» was also a characteristic of musical serialism.

From the beginning of the 1970s the wheels again began to turn in the other direction. The powerful destructive will of modernism increasingly waivered, and the period after modernism – postmodernism – began. The book answers questions related to the reasons for these turnarounds, their consequences and their implications.

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Milena Bozhikova - Contemporary Music between History and Eschatology


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Milena Bozhikova

Contemporary Music between History and Eschatology

Abstract In this article, I present and discuss my hypothesis of an old and obsolete art music, referring to composers, poets, philosophers, critics. What does “old age” mean in the spirit – the eschatological moment, or the opening of new dimensions? This moment is compared with Adorno’s “late style” concept and Deleuze’s rhizome. The “late style” is a privilege that it breaks up with genealogy; it is a stage of rupture with limitations, of liberation and the potential of full-scale organization of a new order, and it prefers oblivion to memory.

The topic of this article is music phenomena dating from the last three decades and explores the question of what happens at the point of exhaustion of possibilities for image and expression, after the fatigué that still carries some potential, and the complete emaciation that is absolutely devoid of any prospects (in Gilles Deleuze’s terms, the fatigué/épuisé, taken from his essay L’Épuisé1).

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