Mercury: Principle of Polarity: The Orbital Rebus by Mel Chin, at the New Orleans Museum of Art. (Courtesy of the artist.)
The New Aesthetic 101
There’s been a lot of chatter on the internetz about the New Aesthetic, a cultural theory that posits that man is starting to see and interpret the world in machine-like ways — specifically, computer-ish ways. (Think: pixel-y sculpture, like the one at right.) All of this was stirred up by writer/design James Bridle and released into the media wilds at a panel at SXSW. (Sort of covered in this rambling essay by Bruce Sterling in Wired.) But, for my money, if you’re really trying to get at what the new lingo purports to describe, see Joanne McNeil’s notes — in which she succinctly examines (with images) how technology has affected the way we see and, as a result, produce culture.
- Who needs words when you have GIFs? I’ve decided that the world doesn’t need me writing reams of blather about art. It needs me vandalizing art on Blingee instead.
- Speaking of GIFs, I like Badlands publishing’s new GIF ‘Wall’ on its website, which greets visitors to the site with GIF works by a rotating selection of artists.
- Greg.org explores that bizarre-sublime intersection of the Google Art Project and copyright.
- And Paddy Johnson gets ranty (rightly so) on dude-centric ‘net art shows.
- On sweeping all that inequity and union-busting under the rug: Paddy, again, has a must-read on the state of art industry denial about inequity.
- Sort of related: What Jerry Saltz says he’d do with $200 million: “I’d buy a nuclear submarine and hang it on my wall.”
- Peter Schjeldahl pens an essay on the Art Fair Industrial Complex. And follows up with a blog post about how irritating art fairs are. Maybe if we as journalists stopped going to/covering them (even if it is to bellyache) they might assume a slightly less important role.
- Plus: ‘Cuz Schjeldhal’s been rather frisky of late, his review of the Met’s new audio tour.
- KCET unveils a new culture website, Artbound — which has a very nice video profile of the Date Farmers and a nice bit on Peruvian art beer Cerveza Tupac.
- Podcast: Tyler Green interviews Cory Arcangel about art historical and other influences in his work and photographer Zoe Strauss about what it was like to hold office hours at the Philadelphia Museum. (Hint: Dude talkin’ ‘bout his girlfriend’s periods. LOL.)
- Kind of amazing to learn that Duane Hanson’s Janitor at the Milwaukee Museum of Art has been pickpocketed. (Modern Art Notes.)
- The Day in Art Merch: A Jeff Koons bunny jacket…for only $2500.
- Architect Liz Diller explains the Hirshhorn Museum’s bubble. I have to confess: seeing some of the schematics make me think less ‘bulbous membrane’ and more ‘gigantic turquoise poo.’ (@kristoncapps.)
- Yevgeniy Fiks is looking for proposals for a monument to Cold War victory. And his judging panel is nothing to sneeze at.
- On WFMU: Josh Kun talks about the burst of hyperviolent narcocorridos, with plenty of music in between. Though I want to spank DJ Rupture for talking at the precise moment that Camelia La Tejana gets dumped in Contrabando y Traición. So wrong.
- An interesting episode of On the Media examines all kinds of issues related to book publishing, including business models and copyright.
- “The Pernicious Myth That Slideshows Drive ‘Traffic.’” Love the graphic.
- On Tina Fey’s “Thatcherite morality.” I love me some Tina, but this is interesting food for thought.
- “I’m Sick of Pretending: I Don’t ‘Get’ Art.” Me, too.