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We Have Never Been PostmodernTheory at the Speed of Light$
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Steve Redhead

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748643448

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748643448.001.0001

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(p.64) CHAPTER 4 Post-Pop
We Have Never Been Postmodern

Steve Redhead

Edinburgh University Press

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’.

Keywords:   cultural politics, Pop, contemporary art, Paul Virilio, popular culture, Andy McCluskey

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