About

It is widely assumed today that modernism is a thing of the past, and that the great modernist artists have become outdated much in the same way as the art they themselves initially set out to critique. Modernism, it is often said, is a dead project.

The underlying premise of this website is quite the opposite: That rather than being left behind as an archaic project of the past, modernism should – particularly in our present retro-obsessive, postmodern landscape – be rehabilitated as a progressive vector towards the future. A theory and history of cultural and aesthetic modernism thus provides important resources for rehabilitating this vector; although not in terms of merely imitating the modernisms of the past, but rather for the purposes of inventing novel modernisms for the future.

Modernism Unbound was born out of this conviction, and its purpose is to explore the theory and history of cultural and aesthetic modernism from the perspectives of pre-war classical modernism and post-war popular modernism. It covers cinema, television, music, literature, theory, and the arts.

The writing on this website aims to operate at the crucial intersection between popular and academic writing – which is a space increasingly necessary to fight for within the context of a late capitalist popular culture that not only shows increasing hostility towards this kind of writing, but where higher education becomes more and more of a privilege, and public cultural spaces are being progressively eradicated. In this context, it becomes more important than ever to invent novel modes for articulating and distributing cultural and critical voices.

The website is run by Jon Lindblom (b. 1986), a cultural theorist and editor based in Stockholm. He has a PhD in Visual Cultures from Goldsmiths, University of London, and a degree in book publishing from Stockholm University.