Second version of The Contemporary Society Circle is now uploaded (16th december 2013)

Contemporary Society Cirkle 16. dec.2013-01

On this latest version of The Contemporary Society circle a few extra concepts has been added, and the first two textual descriptions of the society concepts are flaring away from the boundary of the circle.

The idea is to illustrate – and build in to the research-‘form’ – that no concept (outside the circle) can be identical with the object it identifies (inside the circle/the totality of society as a whole).

Please enjoy!


Contemporary society circle, a new Artcademia investigation

Contemporary society circle, a new Artcademia investigation

It is indeed a puzzling question what kind of society we are living in today. Many can agree, that it is no longer adequate to claim that we are living in the industrial era. But what term should we use to describe the present society in those parts of the world, which are often referred to as ‘western society’ or ‘the developed’ countries?

Is there only one correct term? Are there many correct terms? Or any correct term at all? Is it simply misleading to talk about it as if it is possible to describe contemporary society adequately with a single term?

The investigation will consists of a discussion of these questions in the meta-text as well as gathering all of the currently used terms, trying to capture the conditions defining contemporary society in a single concept. In time each of these concepts will be described as part of the ‘contemporary society circle’, which in itself is an exploration of what an Artcademia-piece can be.

I am currently working on the meta-text, so until the first full version is ready (I expect it to develop as the investigation unfolds, as it is also the case with the ‘Tree of marxism’), I have just posted a preliminary introduction text to go along with the graphic Artcademia-piece. You can see the ‘Contemporary society circle’ here:

 Contemporary society circle 7nov13

All comments, suggestions and suggestions to concepts I am missing, ideas, or philosophical critique is as always much appreciated.

In contrast to the investigation on Marxism, I have chosen to do this one in English. Mostly because I felt like it, but also because the terms used to describe contemporary society are trying to grasp conditions in the English speaking parts of the world (whether it be the native tongue or the second language), which makes it a choice coherent with the subject matter. These are concepts immanently and self-reflectingly emerging from their own context.


In other news, I can report, that I am also working on the third version of the ‘Tree of Marxism’. It is not quite ready for release, but I can reveal, that I have added 10-15 authors to the tree, and that there will be up to 10 new pages of text spread around the ‘branches’. I am looking forward to posting that as well.