Metamodernism: Historicity, Affect and Depth after Postmodernism

Edited by Robin van den Akker, Alison Gibbons and Timotheus Vermeulen.
Rowman & Littlefield Int. 2017.

Metamodernism: Historicity, Affect, Depth brings together many of the most influential voices in the scholarly and critical debate about post-postmodernism and twenty-first century aesthetics, arts and culture. By relating cutting-edge analyses of contemporary literature, the visual arts and film and television to recent social, technological and economic developments, the volume provides both a map and an itinerary of today’s metamodern cultural landscape. As its organising principle, the book takes Fredric Jameson’s canonical arguments about the waning of historicity, affect and depth in the postmodern culture of western capitalist societies in the twentieth century, and re-evaluates and reconceptualises these notions in a twenty-first century context. In doing so, it shows that the contemporary moment should be regarded as a transitional period from the postmodern and into the metamodern cultural moment.


"If you’re in the market for a slick, shiny new aesthetic of the post-post or the meta-, you won’t find it here – but you won’t find it anywhere else, either, because it doesn’t exist. If, however, you genuinely want to understand the “sticky mess” (in Jörg Heiser’s phrase) that the new cultural practices are in the very process of emerging from, then you owe it to yourself to give this volume your fullest attention."
---Brian McHale


Anmerkungen zur Metamoderne

Timotheus Vermeulen and Robin van Den Akker
Translated by Elias Wagner
TEXTEM Verlag 2015

Während sich viele Kommentatoren darüber einig sind, dass wir die Koordinaten der Postmoderne verlassen haben, herrscht wenig Einigkeit darüber, mit welchem Modell sich die Gegenwart erfassen und verändern lässt. Mit ihren Überlegungen zur Metamoderne spüren Robin van den Akker und Timotheus Vermeulen einer Haltung nach, die die ironische Distanz gegenüber Idealismus, Romantik und Realpolitik überwindet, ohne die Errungenschaften postmoderner Skepsis leichtfertig preiszugeben.


"Robin van den Akker und Timotheus Vermeulen haben sich als überzeugende Analytiker einer metamodernen Kulturlogik etabliert, die die Gegenwart im Nachgang zur Postmoderne dominiert. Dem liegt ein fundiertes philosophisches Denken zugrunde, das den Vergleich mit den hehren Köpfen jüngerer Kontinentalphilosophie nicht scheuen muss."
---Jörg Heiser


Scenes from the Suburbs: The Suburb in Contemporary US Film and Television

Timotheus Vermeulen
Edinburgh University Press 2014

Suburbia. Say the word and a stream of images pass before your eyes: white picket fence, neatly mowed lawns, winding roads nicely lined with trees, pastel-tinted bungalows, bored housewives, conspicuous consumption. We all know what the suburbs are about. Or do we?

This book looks again at the filmic and televised spaces we think we know so well. How are these spaces built up? What is it that makes us recognize them as suburbs? How do they function? By exploring in detail the hometowns of Desperate Housewives, The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Happiness, Pleasantville, Brick and Chumscrubber, Scenes from the Suburbs examines what it means to be suburban today.


"Scenes from the Suburbs makes a major contribution to the study of a type of film and television programme that is frequently recognised in critical writing but often escapes critical recognition. Vermeulen’s authoritative analysis of the suburban across a range of texts invites the reader to discover new levels of debate and his writing consistently sidesteps the trap of straightforward definitions or surface generalisations. Anyone wishing to talk usefully about the suburb in film and television will need to engage with Vermeulen’s arguments.""
---James Walters


New Suburban Stories

Edited by Martin Dines and Timotheus Vermeulen
Bloomsbury 2013

Exploring fiction, film and art from across the USA, South America, Asia, Europe and Australia, New Suburban Stories brings together new research from leading international scholars to examine cultural representations of the suburbs, home to a rapidly increasing proportion of the world's population. Focussing in particular on works that challenge conventional attitudes to suburbia, the book considers how suburban communities have taken control of their own representation to tell their own stories in contemporary novels, poetry, autobiography, cinema, social media and public art.


"With its robust embrace of the notion of suburban diversity, this book richly explores a panoply of suburban stories spanning global sites and interpretative perspectives. It offers a fresh take on cultural representations of suburbia that push us to think in more open-minded ways about what the suburbs are and how their meanings have varied across time and space. This is a smart, creative addition to suburban studies scholarship."
---Becky Nicolaides





‘A class of their own: the creative class and sentimental repossession in quirky cinema’
New Review of Film and Television Studies, forthcoming 2019

‘Nike air pocket: fashionable ecologies’
Artez Journal, forthcoming 2019

‘Reality beckons: metamodernism, autofiction and true crime’
with Alison Gibbons and Robin van den Akker
European Journal of English Studies, forthcoming 2019.



Laure Provost: Legsicon
Edited by Nav Huq
Bookworks, London, forthcoming 2019

‘Metamodernism: period, structure of feeling, cultural logic - a case study in contemporary autofiction’
with Alison Gibbons and Robin van den Akker
New Directions in Philosophy and Literature
Edited by Ridvan Askin, Frida Beckman and David Rudrum
Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming 2019.

‘Soft upper lip: facial expressions in FNL’
Television Performance
Edited by Lucy Fife and James Walters
Routledge, forthcoming 2019.



'The surfaces of film-philosophy' (editorial)
with Catherine Constable and Matt Denny
Film-Philosophy 22: 2 (2018)
pp. 143-147

‘Flat film: strategies of depthlessness in Pleasantville and La Haine
Film-Philosophy 22:2 (2018)
pp. 168-183



‘Emma Thompson in Remains of The Day'
Close-Up: Great Screen Performances Volume 2: International
Edited by Murray Pomerance and Kyle Stevens
EUP, 2018.
pp. 228-237

‘Al Pacino in Donnie Brasco’
Close-Up: Great Screen Performances Volume 1: America
Edited by Murray Pomerance and Kyle Stevens
EUP, 2018
pp. 234-242

'Parafiction, autofiction, perfiction'
with Robin van den Akker
Edited by Natasha Hoare
Witte de With Publishers, 2018
pp. 19-29

‘The Altergorithm’
The Posthuman Glossary
Edited by Rosi Braidotti and Maria Hlavajova
Bloomsbury, 2018.
pp. 29-32.


Frieze online (April, 2016) 

The Posthuman Glossary
Edited by Rosi Braidotti and Maria Hlavajova
Bloomsbury, 2018.
pp. 125-129.

The Posthuman Glossary
Edited by Rosi Braidotti and Maria Hlavajova
Bloomsbury, 2018.
pp. 256-259.

‘Face to face’
Peter Ewig - Plongée
Edited by Peter Ewig
Onomato, Dusseldorf, 2018



‘The year in TV’
Frieze online (December, 2018)



'The new brutalism' (Editorial)
with Rosi Braidotti and Brian Kuan Wood
E-Flux Journal 82 (2017)



‘Periodizing the 2000s, or the emergence of metamodernism’
with Robin van den Akker
Metamodernism: Historicity, affect, depth
Edited by Alison Gibbons, R. van den Akker and T. Vermeulen
Rowman & Littlefield, 2017
pp. 1-22.

‘Metamodern depth, or depthiness’
Metamodernism: Historicity, affect, depth
Edited by Alison Gibbons, R. van den Akker and T. Vermeulen
Rowman & Littlefield, 2017
pp. 147-150

'We need to talk about Dolphins'
The Standard Book of Noun-Verb Exhibition Grammar.
Edited by Niekolaas Lekkerkerk
Onamatopee, 2017

‘Groucho Marxism’
Solution 275: Communism.
Edited by Joshua Simon and Ingo Niermann
Sternberg Press, 2017.
pp. 102-107.

‘Contraction and expansion’
Authenticity? Observations and artistic strategies in the post-digital age
Edited by Barbara Cueto and Bas Hendriks
Valiz, 2017
pp. 19-27.

‘Outside in, or: forms looking for feelings’
Grit Richter - The Big Easy
Edited by Grit Richter
Wald und Wiese Verlag, Hamburg, 2017
pp. 12-17.

‘Retracing our steps’
Esther Kläs Linda Matalon
Edited by Moritz Wilborn & Iris Kadel
Kadel Wilborn Galerie, Dusseldorf, 2017
1 p.



‘In hotel lobbies - the jungle!’
Matthias Bitzer - Magically, mystically charged picture cosmos
Edited by Augusta Joyce
Distanz, 2016
pp. 31-33.

The International Encyclopedia of Communication Theory and Philosophy
Edited by Eric Rothenbuhler
Wiley-Blackwell, 2016

The International Encyclopedia of Communication Theory and Philosophy
Edited by Eric Rothenbuhler
Wiley-Blackwell, 2016

‘Large Rohrsach Test’
Keith Tyson: Large Field Array.
Edited by in E. Neilson
Zabludowicz Art Projects, 2016
pp. 58-59.

‘Todd Haynes: with the love of the lens’
Directory of World Cinema: American Independent Vol. 3.
Edited by John Berra

Intellect/University of Chicago Press, 2016
pp. 139-141

‘Todd Solondz: in search of lost time’
Directory of World Cinema: American Independent Vol. 3.
Edited by John Berra

Intellect/University of Chicago Press, 2016
pp. 250-254

‘Ypres Wild Berries: on the photography of Eugene von Gundlach’
Diango Hernandez: Theoretical Beach
Distanz Berlin, 2016
Edited by Stefanie Kreuzer
pp. 50-59.



'Great job, Internet!'
Frieze online (2016)

'Ironie en post-ironie'
Metropolis M vol. 2016, iss. 3 (2016)
p 93. 

‘Toil and Trouble’
TANK Magazine 8:7 (2016)
pp. 118-122



‘The New Depthiness’ 
E-Flux Journal 61 (2015)



Zabludowicz Collection: 20 Years.
Edited by Elizabeth Neilson & Paul Luckraft
Zabludowicz Art Projects, 2015
pp. 84-88,

‘Thoughts on the space of contemporary sculpture, or: stringing along’
Materiality in Times of Immateriality.
Edited by Jorg Heiser and Eva Grubinger
Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2015
pp. 29-34.    

‘The YBAs are Dead! Long Live the YBAs’
Facing Forward: Art & Theory from a Future Perspective
Edited By Hendrik Folkerts, Christoph Lindner and Margriet Schavemaker
Amsterdam University Press, 2015
pp. 156-160. 

‘Come closer’
Sebastian Freytag: Werkstein
Edited by Sandra Dichtl
Verlag für Moderne Kunst
pp. 33-40.



‘Europe, why so serious? The problem of the pan-European sitcom’
Frieze 172 (2015)
p. 19.

‘Space is the place’
Frieze 171 (2015)
pp. 200-203.



‘Utopia, sort of – a case study in metamodernism’
with Robin van den Akker
Studia Neophilologica (2014)
pp. 1-13.


The Futures of the Present: New Directions in (American) Literature.
Edited by Danuta Fjellestad and David Watson
New York: Routledge, 2017
pp. 55-67



‘Aesthetics and the as-if’
Experimental Aesthetics
Edited by Henk Slager
Metropolis M Books, 2014
pp. 42.46.

‘Spiritual Discovery’
Diango Hernandez: Socialist Nature
Edited by Gerhard Obermuller
Distanz Verlag, Berlin, 2014
pp. 12-16.  

‘Getting to Know’
Visualisation of Evolution
Edited by Petra Maitz
Ambra, Vienna, 2014
pp. 148-151



‘Art Criticism and Metamodernism’
with Robin van den Akker
Art Pulse 19.3 (2014)
pp. 22-27.


Art of critique
Edited by Stephen Knudsen
Artium,  forthcoming 2018

‘Oscar Santillan’
Frieze 167 (November-December 2014)
pp. 120-121.

‘Borrowed Energy’
with Rosi Braidotti
Frieze 165 (September 2014)
pp. 130-33.

‘Public Enemy: Machiavellian Scheming and Political Drama’
Frieze 163 (May 2014)
pp. 45-47.

Monika Stricker: Something else, all the same
Frieze D/E 13 (March 2014)
pp. 104-105



‘Watching Television with Jacques Rancière: US Quality TV, Mad Men, and the late cut’
with Gry Rustad
Screen 54.3 (Autumn 2013)
pp. 341-354.



‘As if’
Beyond The Aesthetic and the Anti-Aesthetic
Edited by James Elkins & Harper Montgomery
Penn State University Press, 2013
pp. 167-170

with Martin Dines
New Suburban Stories
Edited by Martin Dines and Timotheus Vermeulen
Bloomsbury, 2013
pp. 1-15.

‘Arrested Developments’
with James Whitfield
Television: Aesthetics and Style
Edited by Jason Jacobs and Steven Peacock
Bloomsbury, 2013
pp. 103-112.

‘Quality TV and Independent Cinema’ 
Directory of World Cinema Vol 2: American Independent
Edited by John Berra
Intellect/University of Chicago Press, 2013
pp. 31-35

‘In praise of the copy’
Zero RPM Records: “Higher State of Consciousness”
Edited by Ralf Brög
Petra Rinck Galerie, Dusseldorf, 2013
5 pp



‘Ways of Knowing: The Sculptures, Installations and Drawings of Diango Hernandez’
Frieze 159 (November 2013)
pp. 140-143

‘“Een Verlangen naar Oprechtheid”
with Robin van den Akker
De Groene Amsterdammer (05.09.2013)
pp. 36-39.

‘Metamodernist affect’
American Book Review 34.4 (2013),
pp. 8-9.

‘School of Thought’
with Galit Eilat
Frieze D/E 10 (June 2013)

‘Future Fictions’
with Ian Cheng, Fatima el Qadiri et al.
Frieze 156 (May 2013)
pp. 190-199

‘Little Women’
Frieze 154 (April 2013)
p. 19

‘Düsseldorf Renaissance’
Frieze D/E 8 (Feb 2013)



‘Temporality and Temps Mortality in Mad Men, The Wire and Arrested Development’
with Gry Rustad
Television and Temporality
dited by Melissa Ames
University of Missisipi Press, 2012
pp. 153-164.



‘Changing Places’
with Dan Fox, Nils Norman, Anton Vidokle and Sharon Zukin
Frieze 148 (June 2012)
pp. 174-185

'Wat willen de metamodernisten?'
with Daniel van der Poel and Robin van den Akker
Metropolis M, vol. 33, iss. 4 (2012) 
pp. 76-79



‘Metamodernism, history, and the story of Lampe’
with Robin van den Akker
After Postmodernism
Edited by Rachel MagShamrain and Sabine Strumper-Krobb
pp. 25-40



‘Theoretically Speaking’
with Simon Critchley & Nina Power
Frieze 141 (August/September 2011)
pp. 176-181

‘Metamodern Architecture’
with Robin van den Akker
MONU No 15 (2011)
pp. 70-73

with Robin van den Akker
Twijfel Vol 1 (2011)
pp. 9-20.



‘Notes on metamodernism’
with Robin van den Akker
Journal of Aesthetics and Culture Vol 2 (2010)
pp. 1-13


Supplanting the postmodern. An anthology of writings on the arts and culture of the early 21st century
Edited by David Rudrum and Nicholas Stavris
London: Bloomsbury 2015
pp. 309-329.

No more modern
Edited by Jake Yuzna
New York: MAD Museum 2011
no pp.


'Notas sobre o metamodernismo'
transl. Milton Machado
Arte & Ensaio 34 (2017)
pp. 232-253

Anmerkungen zur Metamoderne
transl. Elias Wagner
Textem Verlag 2016

'Märkmeid metamodernismist’
transl. Jaak Tomberg
Methis Vol. 8, No: 11 (2013)
pp. 130-145.

transl. Chen Houliang
Journal for Foreign Theoretical Trends Vol. 11 (Winter 2012)
pp. 65-73



‘The Suburbs’
Directory of World Cinema Vol 1: American Independent
Edited by John Berra
Intellect/University of Chicago Press, 2010
pp. 177-279



Timotheus Vermeulen has long been a contributor to Frieze and regularly writes for other venues including Texte zur Kunst and Metropolis M. Among the artists whose shows he has reviewed - for Frieze and other venues - are Gardar Eide Einarsson, Jill MulleadyEva LeWittSusan PhilipszSascha WeidnerÖzlem Günyol & Mustafa Kunt, Elaine SturtevantIlse D’HollanderKatie Holten, Charlotte Posenenske, Jessica Warboys, Bettina Krieg, Jenny Michel, David ThorpeAne Mette Hol, Christoph SchellbergDaiga Grantina, Christoph KnechtSimon Evans, Oyvind FahlstromDavid Douard, and Bernd Krauss. In his role as joint editor of the now defunct webzine Notes on metamodernism, he considered the oeuvres of artists including Sejla Kameric, Ragnar Kjartansson, Annabel Daou, Paula Doepfner, Guido van der Werve, David Lynch, Darren Almond, Haruki Murakami and Cyprien Gaillard.

Vermeulen is frequently invited to write exhibition and catalogue texts. Artists whose practice he has discussed in this context are Laure Provost, Eric van Hove, Diango Hernandez, Matthias Bitzer, Grit Richter, Esther Klas, Linda Matalon, Keith Tyson, Oscar Santillan, Sebastian Freytag, Ralf Brog, Korpys and Loffler, Peter Ewig, Michael Sailstorfer, Andy Hope 1930, Ulla von Brandenburg, Veronique Bourgoin, and Christoph Schellberg. Commissioning institutions include the MUHKA (Antwerp, Belgium), Bonner Kunstverein (Bonn, Germany), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, the Netherlands), Kai10 (Dusseldorf, Germany), the Dortmunder Kunstverein (Dortmund, Germany), Witte de With (Rotterdam, the Netherlands), The Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (Mexico City, Mexico), Museum of Art and Design (New York, USA), the Zabludowicz Collection (London, UK), Museum Morsbroich (Leverkusen, Germany), Landesmuseum (Linz, Austria).

In his role as a critic, Vermeulen has served on numerous committees and juries for art prizes, most recently Coast Contemporary, the Nam Jun Paik Award and the Bonner Kunstpreis. He also advises and consults on exhibitions and regularly teaches at art academies.