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Violence, Transgression, and Modernity online

Submitted on July 28, 2009, 5:28 am

My dialogue 'Violence, Transgression, and Modernity' with Belgian art philosopher Antoon Van den Braembussche has been published in the New York Magazine of Contemporary Art and Theory, and is now available for download

In this dialogue the contemporary fascination for violence is explored. The mechanisms in which extreme violence is represented in modern media are discussed, while making multiple references to philosophical theory and historical events. We identify transgression as a core component of modernity, and go on to discuss terrorism and religion in this light. Awareness of hypermediality is seen as empowerment in dealing with the media's depiction of extreme degrees of violence, in particular, computer games. 

Antoon Van den Braembussche (1946) has taught philosophy of history, and philosophy of art at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam from 1980 until 2007. He currently teaches, on a part time basis, art criticism at the Free University of Brussels. Van den Braembussche was Visiting Professor at the University of Bielefeld, Calcutta University, Javdapour University, the University of Amsterdam, and the Universities of Turku and Helsinki. He is currently preparing a publication, titled 'The Silenced Past', which embodies the first systematic inquiry into the nature of historical taboos and traumas in history and art. His most succesful book 'Thinking Art' will be published in its first English edition in the fall of 2009 by Springer (New York). 

'Violence, Transgression, and Modernity' is part of the publication 'Baudelaire in Cyberspace'. This book was published by Academic & Scientific Publishers (Brussels) in 2008 and was written in Dutch. The text contains a series of dialogues which were recorded from 2005-2007. In these conversations, the relationships between art, science, and digital culture are explored from ten different angles. This is the first English publication of any part of the book. The title chapter of the book 'Baudelaire in Cyberspace' deals with the impact of contemporary hyperlinked media, and draws parallels with the 19th century concept of the "flâneur". This dialogue has also been translated in English, and will be published shortly. If you have any interest in publishing parts of the book in English in a magazine or online format, simply send an email at angelovermeulen[at]inbox[dot]com.