"My thesis is due in two weeks, so let’s keep this short. April has been a kicking month for the New Aesthetic – a term so nascent I feel like it’s redefined after each new blog post on it. And there has been a whole lot written this past month thanks to a SXSW panel that brought it to the attention of those beyond the tech art cognoscenti. As a student of ITP, I find it interesting that my work is almost immediately categorized as New Aesthetic. But also that a number of works by classmates and alums of my program are being used to define the movement.
My take on what the New Aesthetic is: we are beginning to live in a world where our machines are learning to see, to hear, and to think, but not quite in the way that we humans see, hear or think. Our growing reliance on these technologies have forced us to empathize with these computational devices. Pixelization, the loading icon, and the blue screen of death–visual anomalies created by computers that don’t happen in our reality –are recognizable and understood because we have become comfortable with how computers process the world. While fifty years ago the public saw the Earth from space via satellite for the first time, this view of our planet from above has become the norm thanks to mapping technologies like GPS and Google maps.
Some artists, architects and writers..." - by Antonius Wiriadjaja