5: The New Aesthetic and Our Aesthetic Categories

How seriously should we take the aesthetic philosophy of Jack Nicholson’s Joker? Is “the interesting” actually interesting or is it merely…interesting?

This episode of The Sometime Seminar discusses contemporary and digital aesthetics, looking at Sianne Ngai’s recent book Our Aesthetic Categories: Zany, Cute, Interesting and the “New Aesthetic” as discussed by James Bridle and Bruce Sterling.

New Aesthetic: Bruce Sterling essay; Metafilter thread; New Aesthetic Tumblr
Our Aesthetic Categories: Zany, Cute, Interesting by Sianne Ngai

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