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The Past and Future of Future Aesthetics

What was is, what might become will be.

georges negri

on 24 August 2010

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Transcript of The Past and Future of Future Aesthetics

The Past of Future Aesthetics The Future of Future Aesthetics The Ghosts and the Seance Historic Precedence Futurism Photography Abstract expressionism Value Shift What do we value now?
What do we need to prioritize going forward?
How will this change our aesthetic perception? The Past and Future of Future Aesthetics My Brain! Plasticity
Adapt to new situation
Adapt to new technologies "If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stomping on a human face – forever" -- George Orwell 1984
"Big Brother"
Thought Police
Doublespeak/ Doubletalk
Newspeak The Truman Show (1998)
Reality TV (2000)
The Patriot Act (2001) "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." -- Andy Warhol Irony of pop art High and low Commercial + creative interests Digital Immigrant v. Digital Native Someone who came of age using a computer and the internet Post-Luddite Institute no longer have the "opt-out clause" art + technology + culture + aesthetics Why is art criticism failing?
{Whatever happened to Art Criticism? - James Elkins}
What is art?
Why do I care? Why should others care? What is the breadth of technological options available to me?
Work? School? Artistic practice? Social life?
Why do I use the tools I use? Is there a larger effect of using these tools?
Amongst my friends? Amidst my city? In my country? How might the integration of these tools affect my value system?
What is art to me? Why do I value it? Why does some work appeal to my senses, while others do not?
Has this changed in me? Will it change going forward?
How has this changed amidst my peers? How will it change? Aesthetic value shift language as an indicator of value
hi-speed* hi-resolution* hi-definition* Responsibility + creativity What you put out... The importance of the critical voice Someone who came of age before widespread use of the computer This isn't the first time... Reading
Printing press
Typewriter “It doesn’t matter how good or bad the product is, the fact is that people don’t read anymore." - Steve Jobs, New York TImes, Jan. 15, 2008
"...With the introduction of universal literacy, the ability to read and
write became almost a minor skill like driving a car, and it no longer served
to distinguish an individual’s cultural inclinations, since it was no longer the
exclusive concomitant of refined tastes." Clement Greenberg, Avant Garde and Kitsch, 1939 “In the transmission of knowledge the children and teachers of the future should not be faced with a choice between books and screens, between newspapers and capsuled versions of the news on the internet, or between print and other media. Our transition generation has an opportunity, if we seize it, to pause and use outmost reflective capacities to use everything at our disposal to prepare for the formation of what will come next.” Maryanne Wolf, Proust and the Squid, 2007 “As a member of the self-employed, whose time saved by technology can be lavished on daydreams and meanders, I know theses [technologies] have their uses, and use them – a truck, a computer, a modem – myself, but I fear their false urgency, their call to speed, their insistence that travel is less important than arrival. I like walking because it is slow, and I suspect that the mind, like the feet, works at about three miles an hour. If this is so, then modern life is moving faster than the speed of thought, or thoughtfulness.” Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking, 2000 “What is your idea of the beautiful? And how does it interface with
others? Can a thing of envy turn into an aspiration of better living for all? Beauty
only asks of life: what can you make of it? “
only asks of life: what can you make of it? “
"All humans want to fulfill their lives by being human." Jack Ryan Georges Negri
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