Metamodernism: In and Out of the Classroom
Metamodernism: In and Out of the Classroom is a 30 minute multimedia PowerPoint lecture detailing my research into metamodernism as a possible substitute and replacement for the postmodern zeitgeist and an honest assessment of the human condition. This presentation focuses on metamodernism through politics, art, and popular culture, tracing its development through recent history, as well as through storytelling aspects related to my own history. In order to better explain the metamodernist phenomena, it will be necessary to compare and contrast it with romanticism, modernism, and postmodernism. In short, metamodernism is in contrast with postmodern irony, skepticism, and doubt, and in contrast with modernism’s overarching idealism, bordering on blind naivety. Metamodernism is more in keeping with the light/dark aspects found in romanticism, exploring the worlds that exist between the polarities. My research and observations into metamodernism have had a direct bearing on my own art (which I will discuss) as well as my approach to teaching, where I work to inspire my students to be the best they can be, both in and out of the classroom.