Based on Bruce Sterling’s work on what he calls the “New Aesthetic”, David M. Berry writes on the emergence of an aesthetic that “revels in the grain of computation”, incorporating the digital within physical patterns, textures and ways of seeing. We see it in fashion and even in the most trivial of instances, where I for one have taken on the use of digital html code in physical writing, simply to mark the duration of school breaks and events in my diary. In this instance, coding is not only a language but also a sensory and aesthetic demonstration of the digital. In the digital, the code has a function and effect, where as in the physical, it is simply picture taken from the digital world. Just as the pixel patterns on a dress are nothing but a picture of computational make up.
We find ways for our sensory experience in life to imitate the digital; and if life so often imitates art, as it is said to, how responsible is the movement of New Media art in forwarding these experiences? As Michael Whitelaw asks, “Do the technologies define aesthetics? They certainly shape the aesthetics powerfully - but at least now the field of technology is more open and malleable for artists than ever before.”
As explored in previous weeks, the transversal nature of New Media, moving across fields and blending them into one another can be seen in how it is used within art. For example, Keith Armstrong’s Intimate Transactions uses virtual technology on a dual site to show the interconnectedness of human beings, blending an experience of network in his artwork. New Media art engages in performance and audience participation, blending the concept and experience of “art” and pushing the boundaries on what classifies as art.
As art is being reshaped, so are aesthetics that infiltrate in life. And so we find the digital blending with the non-digital – life, imitating art.
Armstrong, Keith (2005) ‘Intimate Transactions: The Evolution of an Ecosophical Networked Practice’, the Fibreculture Journal 7, <http://seven.fibreculturejournal.org/fcj-047-intimate-transactions-the-evolution-of-an-ecosophical-networked-practice/>
Whitelaw, Mitchell (2012) ‘An Interview with Paul Prudence (Neural 40)’ The Teeming Void, <http://teemingvoid.blogspot.com/2012/01/interview-with-paul-prudence-for-neural.html>
David M. Berry (2012), http://www.imperica.com/viewsreviews/david-m-berry-computationality-and-the-new-aesthetic