New aesthetic, new anxieties

Berry, David M, van Dartel, Michel, Dieter, Michael, Kasprzak, Michelle, Muller, Nat, O’Reilly, Rachel and de Vicente, José Luis (2012) New aesthetic, new anxieties. V2 Press, Amsterdam. ISBN 9789080179301

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Abstract

The New Aesthetic was a design concept and netculture phenomenon
launched into the world by London designer James Bridle in 2011. It
continues to attract the attention of media art, and throw up
associations to a variety of situated practices, including speculative
design, net criticism, hacking, free and open source software
development, locative media, sustainable hardware and so on. In this book we consider the New Aesthetic: as an opportunity to rethink
the relations between these contexts in the emergent episteme of
computationality. There is a desperate need to confront the political
pressures of neoliberalism manifested in these infrastructures.
Indeed, these are risky, dangerous and problematic times; a period
when critique should thrive. But here we need to forge new alliances,
invent and discover problems of the common that nevertheless do not
eliminate the fundamental differences in this ecology of practices. In
this book, perhaps provocatively, we believe a great deal could be
learned from the development of the New Aesthetic not only as a mood,
but as a topic and fix for collective feeling, that temporarily
mobilizes networks. Is it possible to sustain and capture these
atmospheres of debate and discussion beyond knee-jerk reactions and
opportunistic self-promotion? These are crucial questions that the New
Aesthetic invites us to consider, if only to keep a critical network
culture in place.

Item Type: Book
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General) > B0105 Special topics, A-Z > B0105.C74 Creativity
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0481 Theory. Method. Relations to other subjects
J Political Science > JA Political science (General) > JA0071 Theory. Relation to other subjects
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR > N0061 Theory. Philosophy. Aesthetics of the visual arts
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > P0087 Communication. Mass media
Depositing User: David Berry
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2013 08:37
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2013 08:37
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/46286

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