Recently in May, I was admitted to the Chicago Portfolio School for Art Direction and Design. During my application process I was asked the question, "What is your life philosophy?". It was difficult to determine a single overarching theme that could encapsulate what my ever evolving narrative could be. Naturally, I gravitated toward Timotheus Vermeulen and Robin Van Den Akker's Metamodernism - which has been a current obsession of mine, but I stopped myself and realized I haven't always been "metamodern" nor was the concept fully formed throughout my entire concious life.
"Metamodernism is a set of developments in philosophy, aesthetics, and culture which are emerging from and reacting to postmodernism. One definition characterizes Metamodernism as mediations between aspects of both modernism and postmodernism. Metamodernism is similar to post-postmodernism."
In my teen years I was obsessed with Joe Strummer, The Clash, and the 70's punk moment. Below is what I wrote on Strummer and his influence on me and how some of his characteristics stayed with me in a Metamodern time.
Part of my application for CPS:
“The future’s unwritten” was famously quoted by the iconic Joe Strummer of the English punk band The Clash. Strummer, a legendary performer and humble humanitarian quizzically touches upon more than just “write your own future” but it can be interpreted in numerous ways depending on who's reading it. At a young age, I was allured by his diy punk aesthetic and his seemingly unending compassion for people, which in a nihilistic, post-modern age were rare characteristics to find in a hero who formulated two seemingly juxtaposing passions into a unique public figure in a unique time. “The future’s unwritten” to me has always had a double bind to it. First off, The quote means (for me) that your future is whatever you make it to be and no one decides your future, but you. This has driven me to travel when others have told me to save money instead, it’s driven me to pursue new creative ventures like photography when others told me “everyone’s a photographer”- it’s a life mantra that’s stuck with me since my teenage years. The fascinating thing about Strummer’s memorable quote is the fact that the future is also unknown and we have to change with evolving times. I’ve always loved this double aspect making Joe’s quote my life philosophy.
Check out the Joe Strummer Foundation on ways to carry on Joe's legacy here