[NetBehaviour] Reflections on the _New Aesthetic_
sondheim at panix.com
Fri Apr 20 09:04:32 CEST 2012
An 'aesthetic' references both ideology and connoisseurship and the 'new
aesthetic' has constantly occurred in transformation, given the dubious
notion of 'progress' in art which dominated at least until the splatter of
postmodernism. Glitches have always been part of things - that's clear
from Nam June Paik or the three measurements of Duchamp, but glitches
today reference cohering systems and their cracks. IRC's maybe the best
parent example here w/ netsplits.
If pomo did anything it opened up a kind of plurality (outside the post-
Fordist economics and pomo geographies etc.) and the fissuring of any
totalizing ideology (bad bad Badiou). So why _this_ new aesthetic as
opposed to for example, On Kawara, Jodi, mez, Duchamp, Mozart, Potocki,
Sterne; you can go diachronic/synchronic on just about anything anywhere.
Maybe I just hate the straitjacket of definitions which is also a kind of
branding, with all the theoretic-corporate panache that implies.
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