Aesthetics

In Conversation with Ilya and Emilia Kabakov - Journal #40 December 2012 - e-flux

<b>Anton Vidokle:</b> I’d like to start by asking you about artistic independence. Your oeuvre strikes me as an example of one of the most independent …

Art

John Divola at Maccarone

The full title of this piece is <i>“The Green of this Notebook.”</i> The piece is based on Jean-Paul Sartre’s book <i>“Being and Nothingness”</i>. In this book …

Art

Finding Meaning in Decay: Bill Morrison’s DECASIA

By Timofei Gerber<p><i>This essay deals with the work of American experimental filmmaker Bill Morrison. You can find the collection of his work for a very</i> …

How documenta 14 Failed Everyone but its Curators

On day two of the press preview of this year’s edition of documenta in Kassel I lost my temper. It was cold, intermittent showers pelted Kassel’s …

Ludwig Wittgenstein

From the Archives: Jean-Paul Sartre on Alexander Calder, in 1947

Although many of Alexander Calder’s sculptures are meant to move, they’re sometimes presented as still objects, which does them something of a …

Jean Paul Sartre

Design principle: Aesthetics

Today’s article is about understanding what is aesthetic design and its importance for the perception of usability. Humans like pretty and shiny …

UX Design

Our Aesthetics

There are two problems I commonly encounter trying to teach aesthetic theory. One is that students don’t seem to relate to categories of aesthetic …

Theodor W. Adorno

Catcalling and street harassment is happening more often than you might think

New research shows street harassment is happening more often than you might think, with young women experiencing catcalling, wolf-whistles, stares, …

Feminism

Hey, sexy: objectifying catcalls occur more frequently than you might think

Hey, sexy.<p>Damn, girl.<p>What’s up, beautiful?<p>These are just some of the many comments directed toward Shoshana Roberts as she walked along the streets …

Feminism

Razer upgrades Blade Stealth to a 13.3-inch display and tones down aesthetics

Bigger display, same size chassis.

Laptops

The 10 Essays That Changed Art Criticism Forever

Over the last 60 years, 10 art critics altered the course of art history. Here's who they are, and what they wrote.

Art

A Sobered Communist: psychological vignettes of Romania’s proletariat by Callum Royle

<b>Callum Royle</b> is a multidisciplinary film photographer and graphic artist who divides his artistic drive across multiple projects of highly …

Music (Australia)

Madeleine Atkinson | Guided History

The Renaissance was an era of cultural rebirth and achievement that occurred in Italy during the fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth centuries. The …

Boston University

The Expressiveness of Form - Formalism in Art

How do we judge the value of the work of art? And, no, we are not talking about its price on the market. One of the oldest answers to that question …

Artists

Why Gender-Swapping Objectification Doesn't Work

For all intents and purposes, <i>Baywatch</i> is summer 2017's quintessential movie: It's a reboot, which we're so hot for right now, it stars The Rock, who might, uh, be president, and it's feminist — well, apparently. In an interview with <i>Glamour</i>, star Priyanka Chopra defended the movie, saying the …

Feminism

Why The Big Basquiat Sale Is Art’s Capitalist Apocalypse

An untitled painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat sold on May 15th for $110.5 million at a Sotheby’s auction. To which the only sensible response is – so …

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Distraction prevents us from seeing beauty

Beauty is hard to define, but many instinctively believe it’s much like US Supreme Court justice Potter Stewart’s 1964 definition of pornography: I know it when I see it. But a psychological experiment published in Current Biology last week, which claims to put Immanuel Kant’s philosophical …

Psychology

Experiencing Beauty Requires Thought

A team of neuroscientists at New York University have confirmed Immanuel Kant’s 18th century claim that experiencing beauty requires thought.“The …

Western Philosophy

Psychology vs. philosophy: Beauty requires thought

In a recent study, two of Immanuel Kant's theories on experiencing beauty were assessed. The conclusion is that beauty might be in the eye of the …

Beauty

Even if the story of art has died, does art still live on? – Owen Hulatt

There are more artworks, and more types of artwork, being produced than ever before. Galleries are widespread and – in some countries – free. Major …

Artists

Philosophy Just Launched A Powerful Campaign

For Mental Health Awareness Month<p>May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This has sparked a number of brands and celebrities to speak out in an attempt to break down the many stigmas surrounding the matter and normalize the conversation about women's health. Everybody’s favorite skin-care brand, …

Beauty

Dove Takes Objectification of Women to Another Level

Objectification is not a metaphor. It is a term you can use to describe treating or perceiving women <i>like</i> objects, but in advertising it involves …

Feminism

Essays | Transaesthetics

Transaesthetics<p><b>By Jean Baudrillard</b> / Translated by James Benedict<p>We see Art proliferating wherever we turn; talk about Art is increasing even more …

Art

Astonish Me - Curator Noam Segal on Tayler Ashby Hawkins

<i>For the column “Astonish me”, Widewalls has invited internationally acclaimed curators to impart their latest discoveries to us. To kickoff the new</i> …

Philosophy Purity Micellar Water Makeup Removal Review

We're 99.9% sure Mariah Carey was referencing a person in her hit "We Belong Together," but we often find ourselves humming the tune to beauty products, too. Like when we first tried NARS' liquid version of its Orgasm Blush, for instance. Or when we got our hands on the wonders that resulted from …

Beauty

‘Art Is the Place Where You Can Reinvent the World’: Christine Macel on How to Understand Her Venice Biennale

People<p>In a wide-ranging interview, the curator of the 2017 Venice Biennale explains the key themes powering her ambitious exhibition.<p>,<p>Every two …

Art

The Materiality of the Digital: Petro-Enlightenment and the Aesthetics of Invisibility

The Materiality of the Digital: Petro-Enlightenment and the Aesthetics of Invisibility<p>Abstract<p>Abstract:<p>This essay interprets digital petroculture’s …

Johns Hopkins University

Digital Transformations of Time: The Aesthetics of the Internet

Digital Transformations of Time: The Aesthetics of the Internet<p>Abstract<p>Abstract:<p>CURRENT DISCUSSION OF DIGITAL CULTURE IS DOMINATED by the metaphor of …

Johns Hopkins University

A brilliant 21st century take on still life

Curator, writer, and artist Antonia Marsh filters the still life through ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle in her new show<p>Fill in the gaps: A_ is A_.<p>Of course, it’s a famous line, ‘A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose’, in Gertrude Stein’s poem “Sacred Emily” – an answer to Romeo’s question, …

Art

Iconic architectural styles

Grand Design explores the defining elements of contemporary construction movements, from the harsh facades of Brutalism to the white render of …

Architecture