Modern Surface and Postmodern Simulation

Janet Ward

in Weimar Surfaces

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2001 | ISBN: 9780520222984
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924734 | DOI:
Modern Surface and Postmodern Simulation

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The twentieth century of the western hemisphere will be evoked as the century in which content yielded to form, text to image, depth to façade, and Sein to Schein. Mass cultural phenomena have been growing in importance, taking over from elite structures of cultural expression to become sites where real power resides, and dominating ever more surely our social imaginary. The Germany of the 1920s proffers an impressive moment in modernity when surface values first ascended to become determinants of taste, activity, and occupation. Modernity's surfaces, entirely site-and-street-specific yet mobile and mobilizing, have been replaced by the statis of the fluid mobility granted to their own perception by the technologies of television, the VCR, the World Wide Web, and virtual reality.

Keywords: façade; Sein; statis; Schein; Germany

Chapter.  17198 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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