(What Comes After) Metamodernism?

A report and transcript of ESMOD Berlin's Panel Discussion on metamodernism

Recently I joined a panel discussion on metamodernism at ESMOD Berlin. The other panelists were Paul Feigelfeld (Digital Cultures Research Lab Centre, Leuphana University), Alex Lieu (head of 42 Entertainment), the author and director Angela Richter, Joerg Koch (founder and editor-in-chief of 032c), the architect Peter Ruge and the journalist Maria Delius.

As ESMOD’s website puts it:

The panel discussed metamodernism, a term coined to describe the shift in contemporary culture away from the trademarks of postmodernism. The panel’s brief was to explore the dominant oscillation in culture between disillusionment and meaningfulness, between apathy and empathy, with key questions such as; In what direction are the globalized youth going and why? Where is there an overlap with the recent past? Where do we find a combination in the analog and digital in designing individual concepts of life? (…) Traversing topics such as sci-fi literature, digital hacktivism, sustainable architecture, fashion and DIY maker culture, the publication aims to capture some of the intense and surprising discussions that took place.

You can download the booklet with the discussion here.

Image: ‘Brainstorming map excerpt from students at ESMOD’, courtesy of the ESMOD Berlin and its students.