Edited by one of the leading Virilio authority's, this book offers the reader a guide through Virilio's work. Using the interview form, Virilio speaks incisively and at length about a vast assortment of cultural and theoretical topics, including architecture and `speed-space', `chronopolitics', art and technoculture, modernism, postmodernism and `hypermodernism', the time of the trajectory and the `information bomb'. His thoughts on Foucault, Baudrillard, Deleuze and Guattari, the performance artist Stelarc, the Persian War and the Kosovo War, are also gathered together.

From Modernism to Hypermodernism and beyond

From Modernism to Hypermodernism and beyond
From modernism to hypermodernism and beyond
Interview with JohnArmitage

Postmodernism and Hypermodernism

JA: Professor Virilio, I would like to begin by charting your place within the contemporary intellectual landscape.1 For instance, your work is closely associated with the cultural movement known as postmodernism. Certainly, your most recently translated study, Open Sky (1997 [1995]), is being received as such in the English-speaking world.2 However, you have always been sceptical of the idea of postmodernism. Could you explain the basis of your critique of this concept?

PV: Postmodernism is a notion that makes sense in architecture, through the work of [Robert] Venturi (Venturi et al., 1977) and so on. Since I am teaching architecture, to me, postmodernism is a ‘suitcase’ word, a syncretism. In architecture, ...

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