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The half-life of the Avant-Garde: Introduction

The half-life of the Avant-Garde: Introduction
The half-life of the Avant-Garde: Introduction
This introduction to the special section “The Half-Life of the Avant-Garde: 50 Years on from 50 Years On” explains why the section is conceived to look back at the century since WW1. It is designed to offer ways of rethinking the concept and the role of the anniversary, where WW1 constitutes the memorized event. The organization of the section follows the movement between often hidden or submerged forms of continuity. It attempts to think some of the aesthetic and technological legacies and inheritances of WW I in its durational 100th anniversary (2014-2018) through a specific temporal strategy most succinctly captured in the phrase “50 years on from 50 years on.” The entry point is the middle of the 20th century, allowing contributors to work backward and forward by examining links between the three separate temporal frames (1964-1968, 1914-1918 and 2014-2018). The consistency but also the strangeness of critical practices, as world history passes with its violent climaxes and depressions, has unique contours in each frame with Dada providing an exemplary through-line.
Cold War, Dada, First World War, William Burroughs, avant-garde, collage, world fairs
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Bishop, Ryan
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Phillips, John
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Bishop, Ryan
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Phillips, John
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Bishop, Ryan and Phillips, John (2020) The half-life of the Avant-Garde: Introduction. Theory, Culture & Society. (doi:10.1177/0263276420958051).

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This introduction to the special section “The Half-Life of the Avant-Garde: 50 Years on from 50 Years On” explains why the section is conceived to look back at the century since WW1. It is designed to offer ways of rethinking the concept and the role of the anniversary, where WW1 constitutes the memorized event. The organization of the section follows the movement between often hidden or submerged forms of continuity. It attempts to think some of the aesthetic and technological legacies and inheritances of WW I in its durational 100th anniversary (2014-2018) through a specific temporal strategy most succinctly captured in the phrase “50 years on from 50 years on.” The entry point is the middle of the 20th century, allowing contributors to work backward and forward by examining links between the three separate temporal frames (1964-1968, 1914-1918 and 2014-2018). The consistency but also the strangeness of critical practices, as world history passes with its violent climaxes and depressions, has unique contours in each frame with Dada providing an exemplary through-line.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 14 October 2020
Published date: December 2020
Keywords: Cold War, Dada, First World War, William Burroughs, avant-garde, collage, world fairs

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Local EPrints ID: 443158
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/443158
ISSN: 0263-2764
PURE UUID: 7de24669-279e-44e4-abab-a9258394a44f

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Date deposited: 12 Aug 2020 16:41
Last modified: 28 Apr 2022 04:55

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Author: Ryan Bishop
Author: John Phillips

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