MEDIACHS: Characteristics of Postmodern Film

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Nov 30, 2013 (3 years and 8 months ago)

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MEDIACHS: Characteristics of Postmodern Film


Bricolage
:
the process of assembling artefacts from
bits and pieces of other things

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Genre Cross
-
Over

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recycling old forms

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mixing high and low culture (
kitsch
)

Intertextuality:
the multiple ways in which a

text is
entangled with or contains references to other texts

Pastiche

(copying in tribute) and
Parody
(copying in
jest)

Style over content; the image
and

visual excitement
over narrative coherence

Confusions over time and space; the subversion of
class
ical cinematic conventions; fragmented narratives;
time
-
bending.

Self
-
reflexiveness / self
-
referentiality
: texts that
openly reflect upon their own processes of artful
composition.

Metafiction
: fiction that deals, often playfully and self
-
referentially, w
ith fiction and its conventions

Flattening of Affect
: Technology, violence, drugs and
the media lead to detached, emotionless lives

Hyperreality
: Technologically created realities are
often more authentic or desirable than the real world

Altered States
:

Drugs and technology provide a
darker, sometimes psychedelic, gateway to new
internal realities

More Human than Human
: Artificial intelligence,
robotics and cybernetics seek

to enhance or replace
humanity


Features of postmodern films


Pastiche

Self
-
referential, tongue
-
in
-
cheek, rehashes of classic pop culture

Flattening o
f Affect

Technology, violence, drugs, and the media lead to detached, emotionless,
unauthentic lives

Hyperreality

Technologically created realities are ofte
n more authentic or desirable than the real
world

Time Bending

Time travel provides another way to shape reality and play "what if" games with
society

Altered States

Drugs and technology provide a darker, sometimes psychedelic, gateway to new
internal realities

More Human than
Human

Artificial intelligence, robotics, and cybernetics seek to enhance, or replace,
humanity

POSTMODERN IDEAS



1.

We no longer have any sense of the difference between real
things
and images of them, or real experiences and simulations
of them.


2.

The distinction between media and reality has collapsed, and we
now live in a ‘reality’ defined by images and representations


a
state of simulacrum.


3.

Postmodernism rejects the idea that an
y media product or text is
of any greater value than another. All judgments of value are
merely taste.


4.

Culture ‘eats itself’ and there is no longer anything new to
produce or distribute.


5.

All ideas of ‘the truth’ are just competing claims


or discourses


and what we believe to be the truth at any point is merely the
‘winning’ discourse.


6.

Postmodern texts are said to be intertextual and self
-
referential


they break the rules of realism to explore the nature of their
own status as constructed texts.


7.

In t
he postmodern world, media texts make visible and
challenge ideas of truth and reality, removing the illusion that
stories, texts or images can ever accurately or neutrally
reproduce reality or truth





CENTRE POMPIDOU
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PARIS