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In praise of cultural elitism | The Spectator
"We have become so tolerant of each other’s taste that taste no longer matters."
culture  crticism  reviews  taste  aesthetics 
september 2019 by tsuomela
"As ideas move from one context to another, something new is created. This continuous shifting of the line that separates the valuable from the worthless, culture from profanity, is at the centre of Boris Groys's investigation."
book  publisher  aesthetics  art  novelty  culture 
february 2018 by tsuomela
Los Angeles Review of Books - The Next Level: Alexander R. Galloway’s “The Interface Effect”
"For many Americans, then, a great deal of contemporary life is mediated by interfaces, including laptop, smartphone, and television screens. That this perpetual mediation so often goes unexamined speaks to the importance of Alexander R. Galloway’s new monograph The Interface Effect. Galloway’s ambitious book aspires to be not only a theory of interfaces but also a broader rethinking of the field of “new media studies,” an academic discipline with precursors in the media theories of Marshall McLuhan and Raymond Williams in the 1960s that emerged properly with scholarship produced alongside the rise of web culture of the 1990s."
book  review  media  new-media  interface  culture  criticism  critical-theory  technology  philosophy  aesthetics  design  internet  mediation  media-studies 
february 2013 by tsuomela
The Line Between A and B
"A’s were reserved for new music broad enough in its appeal to cross boundaries. I was occasionally called on the carpet, gently, for grade inflation, for being too liberal with my A’s, because I couldn’t stomach giving a superb recording of a Cage chance piece, or a wonderful Niblock drone piece, a B just because its potential audience seemed limited. I fudged." Annotated link
art  music  evaluation  grading  reviews  modern-art  difficulty  aesthetics  sharing 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Can Artists Help Us Reboot Humanism in an Over-Connected Age? | Artinfo
"’s annual “Seven on Seven” conference isn’t really meant to have a theme beyond simply exploring the intersection of art and technology. Rhizome director Lauren Cornell plays yenta, matching various figures from the two fields who then brainstorm collaborations and build whatever prototypes can be whipped up in the very abbreviated 24-hours they actually have together (the teams first meet Friday morning, then talk, hatch an idea, and finally present on Saturday afternoon). It was notable, then, that at this year's conference — held April 14 at the New Museum — a theme did emerge organically: Quite a few of these pairs, in one way or another, were responding to a sense that the quality of mental experience was on the decline in our over-wired world."
art  aesthetics  technology  new-aesthetic  humanism  technology-effects  computers 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Aesthetic Appeal May Have Neurological Link to Contemplation and Self-Assessment, NYU Researchers Find
"A network of brain regions which is activated during intense aesthetic experience overlaps with the brain network associated with inward contemplation and self-assessment, New York University researchers have found. Their study sheds new light on the nature of the aesthetic experience, which appears to integrate sensory and emotional reactions in a manner linked with their personal relevance."
fmri  mri  brain-imaging  aesthetics  contemplation  experience 
april 2012 by tsuomela
The New Aesthetic Needs to Get Weirder - Ian Bogost - Technology - The Atlantic
"A really new aesthetics might work differently: instead of concerning itself with the way we humans see our world differently when we begin to see it through and with computer media that themselves "see" the world in various ways, what if we asked how computers and bonobos and toaster pastries and Boeing 787 Dreamliners develop their own aesthetics. The perception and experience of other beings remains outside our grasp, yet available to speculation thanks to evidence that emanates from their withdrawn cores like radiation around the event horizon of a black hole. The aesthetics of other beings remain likewise inaccessible to knowledge, but not to speculation--even to art. "
art  modern  contemporary  technology  computer  visual  graphics  new-aesthetic  mediation  digital  aesthetics 
april 2012 by tsuomela
An Essay on the New Aesthetic | Beyond The Beyond |
"Valorizing machine-generated imagery is like valorizing the unconscious mind. Like Surrealist imagery, it is cool, weird, provocative, suggestive, otherworldly, but it is also impoverished.

That’s the big problem, as I see it: the New Aesthetic is trying to hack a modern aesthetic, instead of thinking hard enough and working hard enough to build one. That’s the case so far, anyhow. No reason that the New Aesthetic has to stop where it stands at this moment, after such a promising start. I rather imagine it’s bound to do otherwise. Somebody somewhere will, anyhow."
art  aesthetics  modern  contemporary  computer  technology  movement  new-aesthetic  commentary  review 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Seeing the Mind Behind the Art - People can distinguish abstract expressionist paintings from highly similar paintings by children, chimps, monkeys, and elephants
Museumgoers often scoff that costly abstract expressionist paintings could have been made by a child and have mistaken paintings by chimpanzees for professional art. To test whether people really conflate paintings by professionals with paintings by children and animals, we showed art and nonart students paired images, one by an abstract expressionist and one by a child or animal, and asked which they liked more and which they judged as better. The first set of pairs was presented without labels
psychology  experiments  art  modern-art  abstract-art  aesthetics  judgment  value  visual  perception 
june 2011 by tsuomela
xkcd: Beauty
"The problem with scientists is that you take the wonder and beauty out of everything by trying to analyze it..." one hears the ghost of Whitman's learned astronomer.
comics  humor  science  beauty  aesthetics 
march 2011 by tsuomela
You can draw, and probably better than I can - Roger Ebert's Journal
"She said everyone can draw until we are told or convince ourselves that we cannot. We start out drawing everything we see until that day comes when it is pointed out that our drawing of a dog, for example, looks nothing like a dog. Then we begin to believe we cannot draw.

Some few people actually can draw very well, if by that you mean "realistically and accurately." They can draw a dog that looks exactly like a dog. I respect and envy them. It is worth saying however that from a philosophical viewpoint their dog looks no more like a dog than mine does, because their drawing is a two-dimensional representation of the real animal, rendered in either various color choices or some version of monotones. Nor does a photograph look like a dog. You see my point."
drawing  art  skill  perception  hobbies  judgment  realism  children  aesthetics 
march 2011 by tsuomela
The Purpose of Criticism – Towards an Aesthetics of Ideas « Ruthless Culture
This combination of subjective personal opinion anchored in objective fact (the body of a text) but heading out of the plane of the textual ecliptic at a high rate of burn strikes me as a good analogy for the nature of criticism. As a critic I am not in the business of providing purchasing advice, but neither am I in the business of attempting to read the author’s mind by establishing the facts about a text.

As a critic, I am engaged in the construction of conceptual edifices. I bring to bear theories and asserted truths ripped from the world and my own imagination and crash them into the text of a book or a film like a runaway train into an orphanage. On a good day, I may make people marvel at the explosion or weep at the humanity of the dead children pulled from the wreckage. Criticism is narcissistic, self-regarding and utterly pointless. But then… so is most art.
criticism  purpose  literature  art  essay  aesthetics 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Barry Allen - Artifice and Design: Art and Technology in Human Experience - Reviewed by David Goldblatt, Denison University - Philosophical Reviews - University of Notre Dame
Allen claims that the civilization that best manages its technology, the society of well-made works, must include the humanizing appeal of art -- a consideration of aesthetics. Beginning before the existence of what are believed to be the first tools and working up through the history of modern building and contemporary manufacturing, Allen insists that aesthetics, the way things look and feel, has been part of good design and, then, good engineering. Artifice, or workmanship, he says, is intimately connected to a work's perceptual appeal. Whatever else is involved in putting something together, its success requires perceptual concern as well. And art is, or ought to be, not disinterested perception, not art for art's sake, not exiled in museums or otherwise isolated from human life, but rather an integrated part of life, just as technology is irreversibly at one with how we live.
book  review  books:noted  philosophy  art  aesthetics  design  technology  human  experience  history 
june 2010 by tsuomela
Taste for Makers
by Paul Graham in 2002. "Good design looks easy. Like great athletes, great designers make it look easy. Mostly this is an illusion. The easy, conversational tone of good writing comes only on the eighth rewrite."
design  creativity  art  philosophy  programming  aesthetics  judgment  style  taste 
april 2010 by tsuomela
Joseph Margolis: Department of Philosophy at Temple University
Professor Margolis’s main interests are in the philosophy of the human sciences, the theory of knowledge and interpretation, aesthetics, philosophy of mind, American philosophy, and pragmatism.
people  philosophy  pragmatism  aesthetics  school(Temple) 
december 2009 by tsuomela
Interaction of Color - Albers, Josef; Weber, Nicholas Fox - Yale University Press
Josef Albers’s Interaction of Color is a masterwork in twentieth-century art education. Conceived as a handbook and teaching aid for artists, instructors, and students, this timeless book presents Albers’s unique ideas of color experimentation in a way that is valuable to specialists as well as to a larger audience.
book  publisher  art  color  education  learning  history  painting  aesthetics 
december 2009 by tsuomela
Dopaminergic Aesthetics : The Frontal Cortex
The purpose of pleasure, then, is to make it easier for the pleasurable sensation - the delicious taste, the elegant idea, the desired object - to enter the crowded theater of consciousness, so that we'll go out and get it. That's why we've got a highway of nerves connecting the parts of the dopamine reward pathway - the nucleus accumbens, ventral striatum, etc - to the prefrontal cortex. (This also means that a well-turned phrase or pretty painting will be more likely to get stuck in working memory, since it's more rewarding. Aesthetics are really about attention.)
neurology  brain  science  drugs  pleasure  goals  happiness  hedonism  psychology  philosophy  aesthetics  neuroscience  dopamine  hormones  attention 
november 2009 by tsuomela
Overcoming Bias : Unequal Beauty Silence
the issue is why those concerned about other inequalities, such as re genders or ethnicities, seem so uninterested in inequalities associated with beauty, etc.
inequality  beauty  aesthetics  rights  activism  politics 
october 2009 by tsuomela
The Atlantic Online | Fiction 2009 | Telling Tails | Tim O’Brien
The problem with unsuccessful stories is usually simple: they are boring, a consequence of the failure of imagination. To vividly imagine and to vividly render extraordinary human events, or sequences of events, is the hard-lifting, heavy-duty, day-by-day, unending labor of a fiction writer.
writing  fiction  literature  story  creativity  howto  judgment  aesthetics 
august 2009 by tsuomela
'Anyone could paint that' and 7 other myths about art |
Myths: reproductions or online viewing is accurate, a lot of discussion = good, anything can be art, value is completely subjective, i don't know enough to talk about it, anyone could do that, elitism rules the art world, most artists are 'ahead of their time'
modern-art  art  aesthetics  myths 
august 2009 by tsuomela
The Epistemology of Elitism - PostClassic
Lists some of the virtues of music/art: innovation, craftsmanship, emotional truth, sensuousness, clarity, simplicity, intellectualism, memorability, physicality, theoretical rigor... Annotated link
music  experience  philosophy  aesthetics  value  judgment  virtue  elitism 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Unlocking the Mysteries of The Artistic Mind | Psychology Today
What's surprising is that such distortions often make it easier for us to decipher what we're looking at, particularly when they're executed by a master. Studies show we're able to recognize visual parodies of people—like a cartoon portrait of Richard Nixon—faster than an actual photograph.
art  aesthetics  biology  evolution  evolutionary-psychology  visual  perception  instinct  psychology 
july 2009 by tsuomela
OnFiction: Romantic Theory of Art
Collingwood’s theory is that emotions are fundamental to our being, but that they are often difficult to understand, and that art is the expression of them in a language (of words, music, painting, etc.) in order to explore them and understand them better.
art  emotion  aesthetics  philosophy  psychology  purpose  learning 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Traditionally, analytic philosophers writing on aesthetics have given short shrift to nature. The last thirty years, however, have seen a steady growth of interest in this area. The essays and books now available cover central philosophical issues concerning the nature of the aesthetic and the existence of norms for aesthetic judgement. They also intersect with important issues in environmental philosophy. More recent contributions have opened up new topics, such as the relationship between natural sound and music, the beauty of animals, and the aesthetics of gardens. Using these materials, it is now easy to include a module on the aesthetics of nature as one part of an introductory course on aesthetics, or even to design an entire upper-level undergraduate or graduate seminar around the topic.
aesthetics  nature  philosophy  beauty  bibliography  list 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Marjorie Perloff "Wittgenstein's Ladder"
Austere and uncompromising, the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein had no use for the avant-garde art works of his own time. He refused to formulate an aesthetic, declaring that one can no more define the "beautiful" than determine "what sort of coffee tastes good." And yet many of the writers of our time have understood, as academic theorists generally have not, that Wittgenstein is "their" philosopher. How do we resolve this paradox? Marjorie Perloff, our foremost critic of twentieth-century poetry, argues that Wittgenstein has provided writers with a radical new aesthetic, a key to recognizing the inescapable strangeness of ordinary language.
about(LudwigWittgenstein)  philosophy  literature  poetry  poetics  criticism  aesthetics  language 
may 2009 by tsuomela
Zero Books
Zero Books explore areas of philosophy, politics and aesthetics while refusing the unity or the autonomy of these domains.
weblog-company  book  publisher  cultural-theory  culture  art  philosophy  politics  aesthetics 
march 2009 by tsuomela
Edge 275
A Talk With Denis Dutton
Introduction By Steven Pinker
art  review  interview  philosophy  social-construction  theory  aesthetics  about(DenisDutton) 
march 2009 by tsuomela
Aesthetics On-Line
Welcome to the official web site of the American Society for Aesthetics. The ASA sponsors an annual conference and three divisional conferences, and publishes the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, the American Society for Aesthetics Graduate Ejournal, and the ASA Newsletter. It also funds projects that promote the goals of the Society, through its Major Project Initiative Grants program.
philosophy  aesthetics  professional-association 
february 2009 by tsuomela
OnFiction: Instinctive Art
pointer and summary of Google presentation by Denis Dutton, author of The Art Instinct
book  review  art  aesthetics  philosophy  instinct 
february 2009 by tsuomela
The Definition of Art (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Contemporary definitions are of two main sorts. One distinctively modern, conventionalist, sort of definition focuses on art's institutional features, emphasizing the way art changes over time, modern works that appear to break radically with all traditional art, and the relational properties of artworks that depend on works' relations to art history, art genres, etc. The less conventionalist sort of contemporary definition makes use of a broader, more traditional concept of aesthetic properties that includes more than art-relational ones, and focuses on art's pan-cultural and trans-historical characteristics.
art  aesthetics  philosophy  definition  reference  encyclopedia 
february 2009 by tsuomela
Art - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Good section on the "purpose of art" - non-motivated and motivated reasons.
art  aesthetics  philosophy  purpose 
february 2009 by tsuomela
Aesthetic Judgment (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Beauty is an important part of our lives. Ugliness too. It is no surprise then that philosophers since antiquity have been interested in our experiences of and judgments about beauty and ugliness. They have tried to understand the nature of these experiences and judgments, and they have also wanted to know whether these experiences and judgments were legitimate.
philosophy  encyclopedia  reference  aesthetics  beauty  excellence 
december 2008 by tsuomela
Developing Intelligence : Beauty in the Brain: Fractal Scene Statistics and Ease of Processing
Redies, Hanisch, Blickhan and Denzler review previous work demonstrating that the "spatial frequencies" of natural scenes (essentially, their spatial complexity) follow a 1/f power spectrum, where increased spatial complexity is increasingly restricted to
art  aesthetics  philosophy  science  neurology  complexity  powerlaw 
november 2007 by tsuomela
PostClassic: A Truly Loopy Idea
The idea of different-length loops running at the same time and going out of phase with each other, which I wrote about in the Totalistically Tenney post, is one I've been working with for more than three decades.
music  classical  experimental  avantgarde  loop  aesthetics  art  philosophy  methods 
june 2007 by tsuomela
Notes From The Geek Show: The Art of Life
Like any art form, sentience works by creating patterns, points of tension and moments of release. Every sentient being is a composition of affects, its elements in conflict or balance, a fragmented unity.
sf  authors  aesthetics  philosophy  art  writers  writing  consciousness 
may 2007 by tsuomela

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