Participating writers: Michael Dieter, David M. Berry, José Luis de Vicente, Nat Muller, Adam Hyde, Rachel O'Reilly, Michelle Kasprzak and Michel van
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Across Europe, culture is in the crosshairs; the common currency is
in peril; the Dutch government has fallen. But we aren't going to
speak of that. Instead, Vital Beauty - the most recent book by V2_
Publications - asserts that we must return to the "age-old idea of
beauty" to recover a sense of our own humanity: a humanity refracted
through the lens of our technologies and the possibilities that they
bring. This plea for a return to beauty is backed by a group of
designers and thinkers demanding a "New Aesthetic," one that embeds
the fingerprint of digital methods in our environment in
increasingly visible ways. Are we on the cusp of an "Aesthetic Turn"
in contemporary art and design? And if so, what shape do we want it
to take? By speaking of aesthetics now, are we fiddling while Rome
burns, or rescuing the essence of our culture from discussions of
how to finance it?
Blowup: Fiddling While Rome Burns? is presented to the audience as an online event. Follow the process at V2_ through this page and via social media between June 17 and 21. We will provide you with daily updates. Expect interviews, statements and arguments by the participants and of course the final publication on June 21.
"A good example of a nascent formalization, or boundary
drawing practices in relation to the New Aesthetic is given by
debates over the "correct" use of algorithms. Last february,
Norwegian born, NYC-based artist generative artist Marius Watz
posted on his Tumblr - of all places - a brief article intended
to act as a warning sign and wake-up call for his peers, the
community of artists and designers who have chosen the medium of
computer code as their working toolset. He wrote:
Yes, heavy use of standard algorithm is bad for you. That is, if you wish to consider yourself a computational
creative capable of coming up with interesting work... You cannot lay claim to “owning” any given algorithm
(or hardware configuration), unless you have added significant extra value to it. To do so at best ignorant...
This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t experiment with great algorithms (Waltz 2012).
effect this was a critique of what Watz called "algorithmic
laziness" and seemed to be defining the contours of acceptable
algorithmic use in artistic practice. As Sterling (2012b)
commented, "A 'canon of algorithms.' What an intriguing
Monday June 18: Book Sprinting with Adam Hyde, interview by Arie Altena.
Monday June 18: Interview with José Luis de Vicente by Arie Altena.
Tuesday June 19: Interview with Michel van Dartel on The New Esthetic by Joris van Ballegooijen.
Interview with Nat Muller on V2_'s Book Sprint 2012 from V2_ on Vimeo.