In an effort to keep this manageable [lump me into one of your keeerazzzy glitch/net.art/web-point-
infinity/relational & new aesthetically-defined "artistic" categories if you will] here’s some [non-random + IMO relevant but not necessarily cohesive] points:
1. I’ve only skimmed the Bruce Sterling essays [all 3 of them - tl;dr] and don’t have an in-depth overview of the term “New Aesthetic” [henceforth now to be known as "Phrase That Will Not Be Named" in an effort to reduce the ridiculous amount of verification we are bubble-developing around it]. So there.
2. My flickering attention-focus [hullo, continuous partial attn syndrome] has honed in on this particular attempt at avant-garde labelling because of how it perpetuates the tradition of “name the new art phase in order to perform/get x” [whether x = ego aggrandisement/monetary wealth/extend an individuals prosperity>cred value]. To employ a relevant phrase: it just smells wrong. And by smelling wrong I’m in no way referring to Bridle or his content [I have been rss_internalising his tumblr for some time now = it rawks: though I had no idea of his name until this whole labelling blerghness blew up] or any other glitch-luvin’ practitioners or creative types. After all, I’m one of them.
3. My seeming lack of attention to research regarding the “Phrase That Will Not Be Named”, or lack of “deep (articulated) thought” regarding the issue isn’t indicative of a negative outlook on “the glitch”. Nor is it due to lack of engagement with the actual material/pulsing creative output that’s [possibly, hopefully] superseding many flattened contemporary “art scenes” [read: institutions as opposed to practices]. My lack of focused attention is due to the fact that *i’m_actually_living_the_aesthetic_in_qu
4. Content curation isn’t art. The urge to perform it may be similar to what drives artists to produce: in many cases, content curation is a ceaseless search for connection through firehosed content streams/”novelty” verification that may just ellipse the need for art/culture classifications. Is it possible to conceptualise a world where the need to frame practice/process/product through cultural or artistic filters is largely obsolete? [reddit.com + 4chan.org + 9gag.com + tumblr.com = giving it a decent go.]
5. Appropriating + remixing graphic markers/standards from marginalised or “other-fied” disciplines/decades does not a new genre/paradigm make, especially when begging to be [or deliberately engineered to be] monetised by a system and/or individuals determined to emergent-capture [yes, this includes institutionally sanctioned galleries + alternative galleries + oldschool curators + newskool aggregators + conference-merry-go-rounders + theorists + panels + karma-seeking discourse boffins]. Codify, hipsterise + aggrandise at your leisure, but be prepared for watered-down, digestible, bastardised versions of worthwhile social + expressive currencies.
6. And so it goes.
7. This too will pass.