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  • mydo

    Not exactly new. but feel this should be a thread here. It is basically an art and design movement inspired by seeing the world like digital devices.

    It started here.
    http://new-aesthetic.tumblr.com/…

    then it got complicated
    http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_…

    Then some more people joined in.
    http://www.thecreatorsproject.co…

    Thoughts?

    Apr 19, 12, 12:24 a.m. – Permalink
  • sublocked

    Wow. Give me a bit to sift through this all. Thanks.

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    Dog-earApr 19, 12, 12:53 a.m. – Permalink
  • hansglib

    I've only skimmed through this, but on a quick glance it seems nothing more than the usual need to make something out of nothing... writers with nothing better to do trying to make sense of (codify, identify, what-have-you) a torrent of non-related material .

    Technology has enabled/emboldened many more people to "create" stuff, whether it has any artistic merit or not. Some people feel the ensuing tsunami of material needs sorting/classifying (though god knows why - who cares?) and "the new aesthetic" is the name they have come up with.

    There is no "new aesthetic" - just new technology. Before instagram (for example), people made marks on paper, some good, some not so good. The thought process is the same, the technology has changed, that's all.

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    Dog-earApr 19, 12, 1:18 a.m. – Permalink
  • mydo

    do you think the surrealists or impressionists just sat around in a french coffee shop and gave them selves a name. probably.. job done.

    it's a little harder these days. where better to name an art movement than a tumblr account.

    • "Impressionist" was a derogatory name given as a joke by some critic that they then adoptedpig
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    Dog-earApr 19, 12, 1:55 a.m. – Permalink
  • uan

    the surrealists, yes.
    the impressionists, no. that name was given by the critics to that art movement, and with a negative conation at first.

    • *connotationuan
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    Dog-earApr 19, 12, 2:23 a.m. – Permalink
  • uan

    and I would compare it the the cubisme, where picasso, gris and braque actually developed a new aesthetic based on african sculpture influence and technology (photography) at that moment in time.

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    Dog-earApr 19, 12, 2:27 a.m. – Permalink
  • uan

    but I didn't read the articles...will do when I have some time.
    interesting link, thanks for sharing :)

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    Dog-earApr 19, 12, 2:29 a.m. – Permalink
  • autoflavour

    for a different perspective..

    http://tomellard.com/wp/2012/04/…

    Its from an old lecturer of mine

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    Dog-earApr 19, 12, 2:35 a.m. – Permalink
  • detritus

    So hold on, I've been neck deep in this movement for my whole emergent life and, in my mindless stupidity, never thought to come up with a label for it?

    Ever one to miss a trick.

    I just wish I knew exactly what it was I should've made a label for.

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    Dog-earApr 19, 12, 3:28 a.m. – Permalink
  • futuremongolian

    http://www.cp-africa.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/meh.jpg

    "art" lol. A historical hangover from pre-HBO times.

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    Dog-earApr 19, 12, 3:36 a.m. – Permalink
  • ORAZAL

    I've been following The New Aesthetic tumblr for a while and it has always been nothing more than posts on the new aesthetic (our current one), as hansglib said there has always been and there will always be a new aesthetic.

    Now people are getting all Kony 2012 up on that shit.

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    Dog-earApr 19, 12, 4:16 a.m. – Permalink
  • BaskerviIle

    This made me laugh:

    http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5444/7071060003_92cb401998.jpg

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    Dog-earApr 19, 12, 4:30 a.m. – Permalink
  • fadein11

    Great PHD paper. Shelf life - a week

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    Dog-earApr 19, 12, 5:04 a.m. – Permalink
  • fadein11

    i retract the above statement - interesting

    • well the essay autoflavour posted wasfadein11
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    Dog-earApr 19, 12, 5:07 a.m. – Permalink
  • fadein11

    i retract the above statement - interesting

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    Dog-earApr 19, 12, 5:16 a.m. – Permalink
  • autoflavour

    the new aesthetic is like the new ipad..
    there will be a new one next year

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    Dog-earApr 19, 12, 6:15 a.m. – Permalink
  • biusness

    As a newbie, my first impressions –

    1) Annoying name
    2) It says it's "NOT a movement" but an "investigation/tumblr looking at technologically-enabled novelty in the world". Is this just a high-brow FFFFound/Pinterest then?
    3) The tumblr is actually quite interesting, maybe a visit-once-a-week bookmarker.
    4) XVideos watercolours, come on, you can't dislike that

    http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m263dtcjM61rsgif4o1_1280.jpg

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    Dog-earApr 19, 12, 6:46 a.m. – Permalink
  • ukit2

    I'm skeptical that there will ever be another big overarching movement, things are just too fragmented these days. And people seem less willing to spend time listening to or reading other people's essays.

    Having said that, how does Pic of the Day fit in?

    • Isn't that the point? The New Aesthetic is a Metamovement ABOUT fragmentation and lack of claritybiusness1/2
      But will it ever catch on like the art movements of 20th century? I doubt it.ukit22/2
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    Dog-earApr 19, 12, 7 a.m. – Permalink
  • i_monk

    So... it's tech-augmented or tech-referential (including glitches) design/art?

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    Dog-earApr 19, 12, 9:19 a.m. – Permalink
  • scarabin

    seems more like one guy getting excited about a new term he made up to categorize shit that's been rampant since the 90s

    • but i didn't read the entire verbose-ass articlescarabin
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    Dog-earApr 19, 12, 9:22 a.m. – Permalink
  • mydo

    this guy makes some pretty good points. I'm not sure if i'd invite him to dinner though... the end of the essay is worth a read.

    "Our hardware is changing our lives far more profoundly than anything that we ever did to ourselves intentionally. We should heed the obvious there, and get used to that situation. We should befriend one another, under that reality. We should try to see what that means.

    People have tried such things before. The Surrealists once valorized the “imagination of the unconscious.” But, as the Situationists pointed out, a generation later: the imagination of the unconscious is impoverished.

    Valorizing machine-generated imagery is like valorizing the unconscious mind. Like Surrealist imagery, it is cool, weird, provocative, suggestive, otherworldly, but it is also impoverished.

    That’s the big problem, as I see it: the New Aesthetic is trying to hack a modern aesthetic, instead of thinking hard enough and working hard enough to build one. That’s the case so far, anyhow. No reason that the New Aesthetic has to stop where it stands at this moment, after such a promising start. I rather imagine it’s bound to do otherwise. Somebody somewhere will, anyhow."

    • ...are YOU that somebody? This is excellent, thank you for the summary mydo...ideaist1/2
      certainly more thought provoking than dude of the day.mydo2/2
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    Dog-earApr 19, 12, 8:22 p.m. – Permalink

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