New Aesthetic New Anxieties is the result of a five day Book Sprint organized by Michelle Kasprzak and led by Adam Hyde at V2_ from June 17–21, 2012.
Authors: David M. Berry, Michel van Dartel, Michael Dieter, Michelle Kasprzak, Nat Muller, Rachel O'Reilly and José Luis de Vicente.
Facilitated by: Adam Hyde
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Annotatable online version: http://www.booki.cc/new-aesthetic-new-anxieties/_draft/_v/1.0/preface/
The New Aesthetic was a design concept and netculture phenomenon
launched into the world by London designer James Bridle in 2011. It
continues to attract the attention of media art, and throw up
associations to a variety of situated practices, including speculative
design, net criticism, hacking, free and open source software
development, locative media, sustainable hardware and so on. This is how
we have considered the New Aesthetic: as an opportunity to rethink the
relations between these contexts in the emergent episteme of
computationality. There is a desperate need to confront the political
pressures of neoliberalism manifested in these infrastructures. Indeed,
these are risky, dangerous and problematic times; a period when critique
should thrive. But here we need to forge new alliances, invent and
discover problems of the common that nevertheless do not eliminate the
fundamental differences in this ecology of practices. In this book,
perhaps provocatively, we believe a great deal could be learned from the
development of the New Aesthetic not only as a mood, but as a topic and
fix for collective feeling, that temporarily mobilizes networks. Is it
possible to sustain and capture these atmospheres of debate and
discussion beyond knee-jerk reactions and opportunistic self-promotion?
These are crucial questions that the New Aesthetic invites us to
consider, if only to keep a critical network culture in place.
James Bridle's Tumblr site: http://new-aesthetic.tumblr.com/