[NetBehaviour] Reflections on the _New Aesthetic_

Alan Sondheim 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.

- Alan

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