In the past months, through twitter Anthropologies
and other virtual encounters I have found myself using the concepts of Altermodernity set up by Nicolas Bourriaud. Altermoderity is a theoretical concept to define the scope of the answer to the question. What is after postmodernity?
Altermodernity, or what comes after postmodernity, builds up through a genesis of cultural journeys of diasporas, of which, online and virtual communities, mixing, mashing, twitting and other styles of online production of cultural and social knowledge are part of it. Although I do not use the concept in the Bourriaud strict sense (or rather developing it from there) the concept of openeness, along with other ideas such as, heterocronia, exiles, docu-fiction, borders, and the concept of the altermodern itself are within the scope of these discussions online.
My partner and I have been using this concept in several conferences and has attracted much attention, and it is generating qute interesting theoretical discussions; there is already a blog and other associations through the Tate website. I do not know if it is too soon to create a group, but I would be more than happy if anyone would like to generate some discussion on it with me and any others on this.
I believe, though, what we started with Keith on twitter, and then the discussion on his blog and later the creation of this co-operative is part of an altermodern anthropology.