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Maria Miranda

Unsitely Aesthetics: Uncertain practices in contemporary art (Book)

Label: Errant Bodies

Format: Book

Genre: Sound Art

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*2022 stock* In the last 10 years we have experienced a seismic shift in media culture, as the social media revolution of the noughties has brought vastly expanded networking, mobility and connection. This shift has significantly altered the making of art as well as the ways that audiences engage with art. Unsitely Aesthetics seeks to describe and understand these changes in art production and its accompanying new aesthetics, coining the term “unsitely” to point to the dispersed way that many artists are now making work across the networks both online and offline.

A departure point for the book is the idea that the traditional art historical term of site and site-specificity offers a new and strategic way to understand the shifting and troubled relationship of artwork and audience in network culture. This is a counterintuitive move against the sense of network culture as immaterial flows in a placeless world, thus underlining the situatedness of the making and experiencing of art that is still significant. The book suggests that with the unsitely aesthetics of today's contemporary artists there is the possibility of a more democratic art with the internet acting as a public space for artists to encounter and even call forth new publics. The book includes interviews and conversations with leading international artists and writers.

Cat. number: 9780982743980
Year: 2013