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Sun, Nov. 8th, 2009 12:28 pm
Everything you know isn't a panda

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(Anonymous)
Sun, Nov. 8th, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC)

Did you do a 1999 essay on the coming decade? If so what did it say? If not, can you remember what you thought the noughties would be like?


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Sun, Nov. 8th, 2009 04:05 pm (UTC)

I wrote an essay entitled Goodbye C20, Hello C21!. In it I made a few statements and predictions, personal and public, about what I thought the new decade (and century) would be about:

The Modernists, those fantastic risk-takers and rule-breakers...Good morning Arnold, good morning Pablo! Welcome to the 21st Century. It's a place where you are still important.
I think this proved right. The worlds of art and architecture have rediscovered Modernism in a big way in the last ten years. A return to Modernism has featured in Altermodernism, or whatever we're calling "the thing that comes after Postmodernism".

I have some personal ambitions for C21. I want to live in New York and be a British dandy in the manner of the late, great Quentin Crisp.
I actually moved to New York a couple of months later, and lived there for two years. Left for Tokyo after 9/11, then spent most of the decade in Berlin. Towards the end of the decade The Guardian said I was shaping up to be Ivor Cutler, not Quentin Crisp.

I want to travel a lot in the Third World, because whenever I see places like India or, I don't know, Syria on TV I find them beautiful and exciting to look at.
Still feel this way, but haven't been there yet. An aspiration for the teens, then.

I want to create more elaborate worlds than I've already done in Momus records, in music but also in interactive multimedia or even books.
Apart from interactive multimedia, I think I achieved both of these ambitions.

I want to construct a baroque postmodernist castle above the clouds somewhere and live in it surrounded by delicate oriental girls. And make babies. I want to live in surroundings of chipboard, transparent plastic, fluorescent light, LCD projections and flat plasma screens. I want to wear ludicrously bright clothes with data conduits sewn into them by lower east side jewish tailors. And I want there to be great art, musicians and multimedia people and dancers and artists who astonish me and tempt me to copy them.
Didn't make babies, didn't live in a "baroque postmodern castle above the clouds", but was surrounded by delicate oriental girls. Chipboard, transparent plastic, fluorescent light, LCD projections were supplied in large quantities by the art world, which I moved closer to. Bright clothes, not so much. Data conduits -- was this a prediction of the iPod Touch, without which I am never seen? As for great art, musicians, etc, Berlin did supply a pretty impressive environment for this, backed up by annual stays in New York.

In fact, I want C21 to be nothing less than a second renaissance. I want cars and cigarettes out of the picture
Car companies fell like flies, and cigarette smokers were banished from public places, so this stuff did pretty much happen, though cars are going to take longer to oust.

and I want the polar ice caps saved.
That didn't happen; they melted even more quickly than people were predicting.

I want everybody to upload as much as they download on the internet (that's the new moral imperative).
Web 2.0, with its easy-upload buttons, really brought that a lot closer than it was in 1999.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Sun, Nov. 8th, 2009 04:05 pm (UTC)


I want world peace
9/11, Bush and Bin Laden kicked that wish in the balls.

no more passport and visa boundaries
Again, geopolitics threw that idea back by several years, though within Europe boundaries continued to vanish. The UK meanwhile continued its stubborn autism in this regard. Weirdly enough, the financial meltdown helped the EU expand its reach to places like Iceland.

no more protective trade tarifs.
Ha! That didn't happen.

I want the ideal of convenience to cede to the ideal of beauty.
Neither did that.

I want people to stop wearing black.
Didn't happen, especially not in the art and fashion worlds. You boring gits!

I want television to get totally weird and unpredictable.
Er, nope. Not unless you think reality TV fulfilled that.

I want everybody's IQ to increase by at least 35 points.
Nope.

I want the whole world to look a bit more like Harajuku, Tokyo, or Dante's Florence, or Shakespeare's London.
In the sense that those were dense places, yes. More people on the planet, and more urbanisation, meant more density. In the sense of a flourishing of creativity, not really. Harajuku itself got a lot more boring, for a start.


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dogsolitude_v2
dogsolitude_v2
dogsolitude_v2
Sun, Nov. 8th, 2009 04:13 pm (UTC)

"I want everybody's IQ to increase by at least 35 points.
Nope."

Apparently taking creatine helps in this regard, but for some reason only if you're vegetarian...


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darthhellokitty
darthhellokitty
DarthHelloKitty
Sun, Nov. 8th, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC)

Well, I'm halfway there already, then! Yay!


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milky_eyes
milky_eyes
milky_eyes
Sun, Nov. 8th, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC)

great lists

I could ramble and agree or disagree with many of the things your bring up... but this is the easiest...

I want people to stop wearing black.
Didn't happen, especially not in the art and fashion worlds. You boring gits!

Momus!!! we're in the middle of a HUGE dayglo fashion fantasy. Of course some peolpe (like myself who I guess is your fashion nightmare, I wear black and jeans most the time) are just sticking to black and the likes...

The whole thing right now is people wearing bright neon colors... and all the dayglo sneaks?


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stanleylieber
stanleylieber
Stanley Lieber
Mon, Nov. 9th, 2009 09:07 am (UTC)

black's a canvass but for some people everything is foreground


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milky_eyes
milky_eyes
milky_eyes
Mon, Nov. 9th, 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)

I guess I like a lot of background... then 'space' can be the foreground.

something like that.

but anyways...

(btw love your avatar... )


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stanleylieber
stanleylieber
Stanley Lieber
Mon, Nov. 9th, 2009 09:20 pm (UTC)

(thanks)

I quite agree about background and space. Sometimes I want clothing to be the paper, not the handwriting.


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(Anonymous)
Sun, Nov. 8th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flynn_effect


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