Interpreting Postmodernity


Copies of a number of the DVDs listed below are held by the Macquarie Library

Topic 1: A Theory of Relativity:

Nietzsche - Human, All Too Human

Romanticism and Nature

John Martin, The Great Day of his Wrath (1851-53) -

Lars Von Trier, Melancholia -

The Romantic Revolution 

Melancholia - Trailer -

Slavoj Žižek, The Optimism of Melancholia -

Caspar David Friedrich, The Wanderer (1818) -

Caspar David Friedrich, The Sea of Ice (1823-24) -

Topic 2: Creative Destruction: Modernity and Modernism

Alexander Rodchenko - Smashing the Mould - The Art of Russia BBC 4

Alexander Rodchenko and the Russian Avant-garde:

Berlin Dangerous Ideas:

The Rite of Spring, Igor Stravinsky (1913 premiere production, Mariinsky Ballet, St Petersburg)

The Italian Futurists vision of modernity:

Topic 3: Pomophobia? The Critics of Postmodern Interpretation

Heidegger Human all too human (BBC)

Topic 4: Fearless Speech: Michel Foucault’s History of the Present

Michel Foucault Beyond Good and Evil

Foucault – the lost interview

Foucault Chomsky debate:
This is an excerpt from the Chomsky-Foucault debate which was aired on Dutch television in 1971. The moderator is Fons Elder. For a copy of this debate and several interesting interviews that followed, see Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault, The Chomsky-Foucault Debate: On Human Nature, (New York: The New Press, 2006).

Michel Foucault audio archive (Berkeley University)

Topic 5: The Narrative Subject

I'm Not There (Todd Haynes Trailer)

Todd Haynes Talks I'm Not There (three parts)

Bob Dylan - Tangled Up In Blue

"I'm gonna get me a new Bob Dylan" No Direction Home (Martin Scorcese)

‘Bob Dylan – Shapeshifter’ (commentary on No Direction Home)

Derrida - defining deconstruction

Persona (Ingmar Bergman) Trailer

Jack the Ripper documentary part 1:

Jack the Ripper documentary part 2:

Tomorrow Never Knows – Beatles:

Topic 6: Progress and Nature

An Inconvenient Truth

Rachel Carson Silent Spring

Still Life (2006):

Three Gorges Dam:

Dai Qing:

The burning lakes of India’s Silicon Valley:

A river accorded human rights: 

Chernobyl: the state v nature: 

Topic 7: Postmodern War: the Postmodern Reading and Experience of War 

Edward Snowden

NSA files decoded

The Fog of War (re Japan bombing)

Full Battle Rattle (documentary) - 'lost in the scenario'

Donald Rumsfeld, US Secretary of Defence, 12 February 2002

The Rumsfeld Papers - see 9/11 documents and PDF file from his memoirs,
'Known and Unknown', ch.26 'The Agony of Surprise'.

McNamara On Vietnam War 1965/4/26

Lockheed Martin's CEO Is After Your Social Security Check!

Is the threat of Cyber War real?
Cyber War Threat: US to fight enemy it created itself

China Declares Cyber war on America in 2012

Risk & Cyber War:
U.S. probing Lockheed cyber attack

Predator Drones

Cyber War – Amy Zegart, Center for International Security and Cooperation

The Military Industrial Complex:

Topic 8: Postmodern Terror

Osama Bin Laden: How did they get him?

Osama Bin Laden's 'intriguing handwritten notes'

FRANCE 24 Report: India - Mumbai: a 'global terror capital'

Inside al Qaeda (National Geographic 2007)

The Guardian - The 9/11 Decade

Pankaj Mishra, ‘How to Think About Islamic State’

Topic 9: The Enterprising Citizen: Governmentality & Neo-Liberalism

Perfect Storm: The England Riots Documentary

Slaves of Dubai

Inside Story - Boris Yeltsin

The Rise and Fall of the Russian Oligarchs

The Rise and Fall of the Russian Oligarchs (The Putin era)

The Howard Years

WorkChoices advertisement

Business Council - workplace reform

The Battle for the Internet

The Corporation

Globalisation: The Guardian

Interview – Zygmunt Bauman on the UK Riots

Drone surveillance in the US? Alex Jones says 'the whole world is in danger'

Bitcoin: the fastest growing currency in the world

Masters of the Universe: Hayek, Friedman, and the Birth of Neoliberal Politics, Daniel Stedman Jones

The Guardian: Neoliberalism has brought out the worst in us

Thomas Piketty on inequality in 21st century capitalism:

Thomas Piketty: New thoughts on capital in the twenty-first century

Topic 10: Fitter, Happier? A History of Postmodern Culture

Radiohead Fitter Happier

Talking Heads Once In A Lifetime

JG Ballard - BBC Interview

JG Ballard (South Bank Show)

J. G. Ballard, High Rise:

Blade Runner (1982) Theatrical Thriller

The City of Future - Shanghai

Shanghai Property Bubble - China

Behind The Boom - China

The Shock of the New, ep 1 The Mechanical Paradise

The Shock of the New, ep 2 The Powers that Be

Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990 at the Victoria and Albert

Before The Music Dies

Digital influencer

Generation instagram

Social Media Gods?

Topic 11: Opening the Wall: Postmodern Reflections on Modernity

How the World Wide Web lost its way

The Possibility of Hope (The Children of Men DVD extra)

Guardian Series - Berlin Wall: 20 years on

‘Postmodernism: from the cutting edge to the museum’, Hari Kunzru,, Thursday 15 September 2011

Welcome to the Anthropocene

'Hitler’s world may not be so far away', Timothy Snyder

Generation Anthropocene:

Postmodernism is dead: What comes next?

The Anthropocene and Capitalism:

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