11.1 Post-Internet Art – The New Aesthetic

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pp. 443 – 471 John Pile, and Judith Gura. History of Interior Design. Wiley, 2014. https://archive.org/details/HistoryOfInteriorDesign


Wahl, Chris. “CHAPTER 1. Between Art History and Media History: A Brief Introduction to Media Art”. Preserving and Exhibiting Media Art: Challenges and Perspectives, edited by Vinzenz Hediger, Julia Noordegraaf, Barbara Le Maitre and Cosetta G. Saba, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2013, pp. 25-58. https://doi.org/10.1515/9789048513833-004

Chapter 2 Avant-Garde GlitchRed Noise, Purple Haze, Black Box &

Chapter 3 Color as Signal / Noise inKane, Carolyn L. “High-Tech Trash: Glitch, Noise, and Aesthetic Failure.” OAPEN Home, University of California Press, 1 Apr. 2020, https://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/22982.



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Introduction pp. 9-13 & Chapter  Contreras-Koterbay, S., & Mirocha, Ł. (2016). The new aesthetic and art: constellations of the postdigital. (Theory on Demand; No. 20). Institute of Network Cultures. https://research.hva.nl/en/publications/the-new-aesthetic-and-art-constellations-of-the-postdigital
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Excerpt from The New Aesthetic: Waving at the Machines – James Bridle

December 5, 2011 –

I’d always intended to talk about The New Aesthetic, but up until about the day before I didn’t really know how. The original title of the talk was “The Robot-Readable World”, but this didn’t really sit right with me; it’s one aspect of NA, for sure, but there was something else I wanted to emphasise: the human aspects and emotions of NA, and the becoming-human of the machines.

So the talk became “Waving at the machines”, a 50-minute, 120-slide vector through the idea, an idea that still seems massive and nebulous, but which it is possible to fire a laser through and illuminate some motes. I’m not sure I managed to phrase the camouflage stuff quite right, and the need for an ending always feels like a cop-out, but nevertheless, I cover many of the bases. (Web Directions have also transcribed the entire talk, should you be so crazy as to attempt to read it.)

For those of you who haven’t come across the New Aesthetic before, it began here, it continues here, I’ve been interviewed about it here, and here are a few responses.


For reference to Appropriation and Canadian Copyright Law visit this article.

Karen Lowe, “Shushing the New Aesthetic Vocabulary: Appropriation Art Under the Canadian Copyright Regime” (2008) 17 Dal J Leg Stud 99. https://digitalcommons.schulichlaw.dal.ca/djls/vol17/iss1/4/


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