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Brief What do we mean by modernity Discuss by presenting an account of the origins and key characteristics of modernity KEY CHARACTERISTICS OF MODERNITY In this essay I shall attempt to discuss some of the many key characteristics of modernity with an overview of politics and history relevant to modernity and later focus on the Bauhaus movement to articulate some of these key characteristics in more detail Modernity - just what does it mean and when exactly did it happen The more publications one refers to in order to help clarify an answer to this question the more confusing it all becomes With each newly found authority discovered comes the realisation that even the historians and cultural theorists seem to disagree widely over exact dates cultural Movements and the significant events which contribute to the definition and discourse of the concept Modernity Might one argue that Modernity came to encapsulate what ever was modern for the period in which it emerged or was created but this seems too easy an explanation Perhaps we should refer to the art historian Charles Harrison for some guidance Harrison seems in little doubt about such definitions claiming that Convention distinguishes three related moments in the dynamics of the modern modernisation modernity and Modernism Art in Theory 1900-1990 p126 He argues that the first term refers to scientific and technological advance the process and outcome of which resulted in such rapid and social change and conditions for which there seems to be no historical precedent By technological advance he must be referring to the machine in particular which allowed industrialisation to flourish The machine rather than becoming the slave of man - thus alleviating the human workforce from the most brutal and laborious conditions was by contrast unfortunately used by industrialists for excessive mass production and the accumulation of even greater wealth The transition for so many inhabitants who had originally came from a rural-agricultural past
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