Dear class:

I can get behind Lyotard’s postmodern theory on several levels:

  • I’m down with the fact that reality is not real, that it is rather “simplicity, communicability” (75) in the name of the “unity of experience” (72).
  • I even prefer the raw honesty of the aesthetic sublime over the beautiful and perfect modern form.
  • AND I get that the postmodern “puts forward the unpresentable in presentation itself” (81).

What I need some help with is how:

The artist and the writer, then, are working without rules in order to formulate the rules of what will have been done. Hence the fact that work and text have the characters of an event, hence also they always come too late for their author, or, what amounts to the same thing, their being put into their work, their realization (mise en oeuvre) always begin too soon. Post modern would have to be understood according to the paradox of the future (post) anterior (modo). (81)

Please tell me this means that artist and writer are working without a planned form, aside from their experience of writing about an event, and that the outcome, or presentation of the unpresentable, is only revealed to them once the work is finished.

It’s either that or time travel.