Author Archives : Jon Lindblom

Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon: Dystopian Modernism, Part 1


Lately, I have been thinking about various forms of cultural material that may be grouped up under what I like to refer to as dystopian modernism. More specifically, if modernism in its classical form was organized around a fusion between aesthetic formalism and the utopian premise of radical transformations of the world, dystopian modernism then indexes a (mainly) post-war aesthetic…

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Biosphere: The Sonic Eerie


Biosphere (Geir Jenssen) is an artist that I have listen to for quite some time now, but it was not until this year that I really got into his full catalogue, following the release of his amazing mini-LP The Petrified Forest. Born in 1962 in the arctic city Tromsø in Norway, Jenssen is most famous as a composer of so-called…

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Mark Fisher: Capitalist Realism and Beyond


The following article is based on the manuscript for a presentation I recently did on the life and work of the critical theorist Mark Fisher, who took his life in January this year at the age of 48. Mark was my MA- and PhD-supervisor for the six years that I knew him, and had immense influence on my thinking on…

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Squarepusher: IDM Revisited


Despite the somewhat elitist underpinnings of the name itself, IDM (Intelligent Dance Music) spawned some of the greatest artists working within electronic music during the 90s. Initially introduced as a kind of rave-music for home listening with the release of the Warp-label’s by now somewhat legendary Artificial Intelligence-compilation (1992) – with its iconic cover-image of a robot asleep in an…

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FKA twigs: Exploring the Uncanny


FKA twigs is one of the up and coming artists that I have been most excited about in recent years. She first appeared in 2012 with her self-released EP1, and has since then also put out EP2, her debut-album LP1, and the EP M3L155X on the Young Turks-label. She reminds me in particular of some of the great trip-hop artists…

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Massive Attack: Popular Modernism in 90s Trip-Hop


I have to admit that I have never been much of a fan of hip-hop. This does of course not mean that I do not recognize the inventiveness of the greatest hip-hop artists, but there is something with the hip-hop aesthetic that just does not speak to me. I think it mainly has to do with the focus on the…

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