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Homo Modernus: The Modernist Man. On the way toward a superman. A lecture by Andrey Velikanov

Lecture Cycle. Homo Mutabilis: The Man Who Changes the World, Ideas that Change the Man.
24 February 2019


The lecture will analyze ideas developed by the man of the modernist era.

It is fair to say that the emergence of the modernist man is closely associated with the crisis of classical rationalism and Arthur Schopenhauer's prophecy about a genius comprehending the world via art. Based on this notion, Nietzsche would later propose the conception of a superman who controls his own will. But by the time modernist aesthetics did arrive, it had attained an unprecendented level of radicalism. Malevich was rejecting chaos and arbitrariness, seeing man as someone much more impudent than the Nietzschean “Übermensch”, someone who would build his own new world instead of imitating God in the process of creation.

“Only God, or someone with all his features, can be 'master of the world', but if man takes on all God's features will he not also take all his prejudices and will he not build a kingdom of heaven on earth on those same prejudices? Obviously a man casting God down has to build his world and his heaven on completely new principles, 'real, obvious grounds', and not on God's groundless prejudices.”

(Kazimir Malevich. God is not Cast Down. Art, Church, and Factory. 1922)


Andrey Velikanov is a philosopher, art theorist, and artist. His publications on art and cultural theory include Am I a Trembling Simulacrum, or Do I Have the Right? (NLO, 2007). He has taught at the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russian State University for the Humanities, UNIC Institute, Wordshop Communications Academy, Moscow 1905 Art Academy, MediaArtLab Open School, Center of Avant-Garde at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, and Free Workshops Art School, and regularly gives talks and takes part in discussions at various venues. He is also a recipient of several media art awards and prizes including Ostranenie (Germany), DADANET (Russia), Art on the Net (Japan), TrashArt (Russia), Southwest Interactive Festival (U.S.A.), and Split (Croatia).


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