Saturday, April 14, 2012

Another Way In

From Mishka Henner's
Dutch Landscapes" series.
"The New Aesthetic Needs to Get Weirder", by Ian Bogost (the author of Alien Phenomenology, which we'll read this semester), is a good place to start thinking through the implications of putting the nonhuman and the nonsymbolic front and center.
"I've suggested the term ontography as a name for creating lists, groups, or other collections of things for the purpose of documenting the repleteness under one tiny rock of existence. Ontography is an aesthetic set theory: it can take the form of lists, photographs, collections, even tumblrs, perhaps, with enough practice. Collection is aesthetically productive, but a collection that strives to trace an asymptote toward infinity creates obligation instead of clarity."