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Title: Altermodern  
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Subject: Criticism of postmodernism, Contemporary art, Metamodernism, Postmodernism, Modernity
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Altermodern, a portmanteau word defined by Nicolas Bourriaud, is an attempt at contextualizing art made in today's global context as a reaction against standardisation and commercialism. It is also the title of the Tate Britain's fourth Triennial exhibition curated by Bourriaud.


  • Concept 1
  • Exhibitions 2
    • Tate Britain 2009 2.1
  • References 3
  • External links 4


In his keynote speech to the 2005 Art Association of Australia & New Zealand Conference, Nicolas Bourriaud explained:[1]

Artists are looking for a new modernity that would be based on translation: What matters today is to translate the cultural values of cultural groups and to connect them to the world network. This “reloading process” of modernism according to the twenty-first-century issues could be called altermodernism, a movement connected to the creolisation of cultures and the fight for autonomy, but also the possibility of producing singularities in a more and more standardized world.

Altermodern can essentially be read as an artist working in a hypermodern world or with supermodern ideas or themes.


Tate Britain 2009

The Tate exhibition includes a series of four one-day events (called "Prologues"), aiming to "introduce and provoke debate" around the Triennial’s themes. Each Prologue includes lectures, performances, film and a manifesto text and attempts to define what the curator sees as the four main facets of Altermodern[2] [3]

  1. The end of postmodernism
  2. Cultural hybridisation
  3. Travelling as a new way to produce forms
  4. The expanding formats of art


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  3. ^ [3]
  4. ^ [4]

External links

  • Tate Website: Altermodern
  • Interview with Nicolas Bourriaud
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