Theater of Resignation: Functionalism and Posthistorical Politics
In August of 2015 I completed the Critical Theory and Creative Research accelerated Master's program with my thesis Theater of Resignation: Functionalism and Posthistorical Politics. In this essay, I argue that functionalism is the postmodern, or posthistorical, logic of the everyday. Drawing on interlocutors such as Hannah Arendt, Henri Lefebvre, Jean Baudrillard, and Vilém Flusser, I analyze the function as pertains to objects, functionalism as cultural logic, and the functionary as social role. What does it mean to make an object functional, or non-functional? What are the ramifications of this logic when applied to people? And at what point does the internal logic of the function manifest so as to create something so disdainful as the functionary? Are we all functionaries? I explore these questions in the PDF linked below.