Books

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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
 
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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
 
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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
 
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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

Articles

2019

‘Nightly Vertigo’
Magazine feature
Parole (2019)


‘Neoliberalism and class tourism in The Darjeeling Limited’
Journal article
New Review of Film and Television Studies 17:3 (2019)
pp. 331-348.


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


‘Metamodernism: period, structure of feeling, cultural logic - a case study in contemporary autofiction’
Book chapter
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 mid 2019.


‘Ideally’
Book chapter
Laure Provost: Legsicon
Edited by Nav Huq
Bookworks, London (2019)
p. 123.


‘Motor Skills’
Book chapter
with Robin van den Akker
Éric van Hove: Fenduq
Edited by Eelco van der Lingen
Fries Museum, Leeuwarden (2019)
pp.


‘Nike air pocket: fashionable ecologies’
Journal article
APRIA Journal 0:1 (2019)


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


2018

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


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


‘Emma Thompson in Remains of The Day'
Book chapter
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’
Book chapter
Close-Up: Great Screen Performances Volume 1: America
Edited by Murray Pomerance and Kyle Stevens
EUP, 2018
pp. 234-242


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


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

Reprints:

Frieze online (April, 2016) 


‘Ecopathy’
Book chapter
The Posthuman Glossary
Edited by Rosi Braidotti and Maria Hlavajova
Bloomsbury, 2018.
pp. 125-129.


‘Metamodernism'
Book chapter
The Posthuman Glossary
Edited by Rosi Braidotti and Maria Hlavajova
Bloomsbury, 2018.
pp. 256-259.


‘Face to face’
Book chapter
Peter Ewig - Plongée
Edited by Peter Ewig
Onomato, Dusseldorf, 2018
pp.


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


2017

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


‘Periodizing the 2000s, or the emergence of metamodernism’
Book chapter
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’
Book chapter
Metamodernism: Historicity, affect, depth
Edited by Alison Gibbons, R. van den Akker and T. Vermeulen
Rowman & Littlefield, 2017
pp. 147-150


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


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


‘Contraction and expansion’
Book chapter
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’
Book chapter
Grit Richter - The Big Easy
Edited by Grit Richter
Wald und Wiese Verlag, Hamburg, 2017
pp. 12-17.


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


2016

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


‘Postmodernism’
Book chapter
The International Encyclopedia of Communication Theory and Philosophy
Edited by Eric Rothenbuhler
Wiley-Blackwell, 2016
pp.


‘Poststructuralism’
Book chapter
The International Encyclopedia of Communication Theory and Philosophy
Edited by Eric Rothenbuhler
Wiley-Blackwell, 2016
pp.


‘Large Rohrsach Test’
Book chapter
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’
Book chapter
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’
Book chapter
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’
Book chapter
Diango Hernandez: Theoretical Beach
Distanz Berlin, 2016
Edited by Stefanie Kreuzer
pp. 50-59.


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


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


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


2015

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


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


‘Thoughts on the space of contemporary sculpture, or: stringing along’
Book chapter
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’
Book chapter
Facing Forward: Art & Theory from a Future Perspective
Edited By Hendrik Folkerts, Christoph Lindner and Margriet Schavemaker
Amsterdam University Press, 2015
pp. 156-160. 


‘Snap!’
Book chapter
Zabludowicz Collection: 20 Years.
Edited by Elizabeth Neilson & Paul Luckraft
Zabludowicz Art Projects, 2015
pp. 84-88,


‘Come closer’
Book chapter
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’
Magazine essay
Frieze 172 (2015)
p. 19.


2014

‘Aesthetics and the as-if’
Book chapter
Experimental Aesthetics
Edited by Henk Slager
Metropolis M Books, 2014
pp. 42-46.


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

Reprints:

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


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


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


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

Reprints:

Art of critique
Edited by Stephen Knudsen
Artium,  forthcoming 2018


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


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


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


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


2013

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


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


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


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


‘Future Fictions’
Magazine essay
with Ian Cheng, Fatima el Qadiri, Alexander Provan, Orit Gat, Christiane Paul, James Bridle, Holly Willis, Lev Manovich
Frieze 156 (May 2013)
pp. 190-199


‘New suburban stories’
Book chapter
with Martin Dines
New Suburban Stories
Edited by Martin Dines and Timotheus Vermeulen
Bloomsbury, 2013
pp. 1-15.


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


‘In praise of the copy’
Book chapter
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’
Magazine essay
Frieze 159 (November 2013)
pp. 140-143


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


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


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


‘Düsseldorf Renaissance’
Magazine essay
Frieze D/E 8 (Feb 2013)
pp.


2012

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


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


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


2011

‘Metamodernisme’
Journal article
with Robin van den Akker
Twijfel Vol 1 (2011)
pp. 9-20.


‘Metamodernism, history, and the story of Lampe’
Book chapter
with Robin van den Akker
After Postmodernism
Edited by Rachel MagShamrain and Sabine Strumper-Krobb
2011
pp. 25-40


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


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


2010

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

reprints:

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.

translations:

Poznámky k metamodernizmu 
Slovakian trans. Terezia Klasova
Edice Psi 2017

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

Anmerkungen zur Metamoderne
German transl. Elias Wagner
Textem Verlag 2016

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

‘中现代主义札记’
Chinese transl. Chen Houliang
Journal for Foreign Theoretical Trends Vol. 11 (Winter 2012)
pp. 65-73


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

Criticism

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 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.