Ken Goldsmith on 21st Century Aesthetics

Displacement is modernism for the twenty-first century, a child of montage, psychogeography, and the objet trouvé. Unlike much modernism, displacement doesn’t move toward disjunction; it trucks in wholes. Schooled in Photoshop and reared in cut-and-paste, the world is now our desktop.

Displacement is the New Translation, by Kenneth Goldsmith



  1. I used Goldsmith’s article on “uncreative writing” from The Chronicle in my classes this semester. My students discussed theories of plagiarism and the importance of context, and Goldsmith’s unconventional pedagogies helped us rethink the idea of originality.

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