[-empyre-] The New Aesthetic - questions and conclusions
rob at robmyers.org
Sat Sep 29 22:47:26 EST 2012
On 09/28/2012 03:22 PM, Jon Lebkowsky wrote:
> I think NA so far is more acknowledgement than movement, more
> curation than active construction. What would it take to transform NA from
> passive to active force? Or does it make more sense to look for activist
> forces to emerge?
TNA is managerial capital's digital bleedthrough into the everyday.
Things finding their own use for the street. It's something that you
experience rather than do. It's something to ironise [further] rather
than embrace directly IMO.
TNA is a quantitative shift big enough to represent a qualitative shift.
We weren't doing this in the gallery and in the faculty twenty years ago
because it wasn't the pervasive aesthetic epiphenomena of logistics
With regards to "cool", the TNA tumblr can be certainly be seen as
design fiction cool hunting (Bigend would love it). But the history of
the creation and instrumentalization of cool (pace Liu) sits
productively uncomfortably with this particular distillation of cool.
The question that TNA cries out is "why does the world look like this"?
The answers are obvious, but the devil is in how we cross-reference the
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