I often think about the prefix “post.” More specifically post paired with a movement or idea. This morning I came across an article on Art Daily, “Before the Law–Post War sculptures and spaces of contemporary art at Museum Ludwig” and it renewed my thinking (just the title, not the article).
Some “Posts” I think about: post war, post conceptual, post Asia, post western/eastern, post gender, post religion, post race/racism, post democracy, post art, and due to the recent death of the North Korean leader, post Kim Jong-il.*
Is sticking “post” in front of something just us not being creative enough to give something new its own name? Or is it a gesture of respect and acknowledgement to the path that it took to get to the post part? Take “post war.” Post war could be seen as peace but if it is designated post war then it took the war to get to the peace. (What would post peace be?)
Do you make “posts” in your head? What are they?
*In case you haven’t had the privilege of viewing this slightly disconcerting but slightly wonderful blog, Kim Jong-il Looking At Things.