The New Aesthetic

The New Aesthetic: Seeing Like Digital Devices

Slowly, but increasingly definitively, our technologies and our devices are learning to see, to hear, to place themselves in the world. Phones know their location by GPS. Financial algorithms read the news and feed that knowledge back into the market. Everything has a camera in it. We are becoming acquainted with new ways of seeing: the Gods-eye view of satellites, the Kinect’s inside-out sense of the living room, the elevated car-sight of Google Street View, the facial obsessions of CCTV.

As a result, these new styles and senses recur in our art, our designs, and our products. The pixelation of low-resolution images, the rough yet distinct edges of 3D printing, the shifting layers of digital maps. In this session, the participants will give examples of these effects, products and artworks, and discuss the ways in which ways of seeing are increasingly transforming ways of making and doing.

For starters read this report (  http://booktwo.org/notebook/sxaesthetic/ )  from Austin, Texas by James Bridle  on the New Aesthetic panel at SXSW

Bruce Sterling wrote a fairly lengthy response here – http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond/2012/04/an-essay-on-the-new-aesthetic/

And responses to Bruce Sterlings response by Marius Watz, Kyle Chayka, Jonathan Minard, Greg Boreinstein, James George and KyleMcDonald are here – http://thecreatorsproject.com/blog/in-response-to-bruce-sterlings-essay-on-the-new-aesthetic

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