I thought I would add a note of agreement to this point. I missed Ars
Electronica but saw ISEA and also visited Japan earlier in the year. From
the shows I saw I took a specific feeling about aestheticisation and context
that seems to be going on.
There seemed to me to be a definite interest in locating wider contexts for
new media practice, and an aestheticisation of presentation. This
aestheticisation is not just beautification or commodification, but a
reinvestment in materials good, bad and ugly - but coded. There is also in
new media, particularly locative media, a kind of kinaesthetic beauty (again
coded) going on and an investigation of the sublime (in my opinion) - e.g.
CS5. I'm just wondering what other people who saw some of these shows might
There remains a strong interest in development and particularly convergence
of media but it seems to me we are entering a second generation of new media
Reply-To: Aotearoa Digital Arts <ada_list(a)list.waikato.ac.nz>
Date: Wed, 24 Nov 2004 14:52:58 +1300
Subject: [SPAM] - [Ada_list] Ars Electronica review - Email found in subject
theres an interesting review of Ars Electtronica in latest issue of
".....this year's many exhibitions made it clear that digital art has
turned a corner. The best works consciously distanced themselves from
the whizz-bang obsession with technology itself, moving towards a
more contemplative vision, where technology served as an invisible
vehicle for pure aesthetic experience."
"I call architecture frozen music"
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