This chapter looks at some contemporary issues from the cultural politics of Pop. Pop is everywhere. Contemporary art is part of Pop culture but Pop is also part of the accelerated culture of non-postmodern contemporary art. For Paul Virilio, ‘critic of the art of technology’ and theorist of speed, the accident and technology in modernity, the notion of duration has been destroyed as contemporary art production is now sucked in by the news market for twenty-four hours (or twenty-four seconds). In this accelerated life of popular culture, it is possible to glimpse what Andy McCluskey of pioneering synth pop band OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark) has seen as the ‘history of modern’.
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