Christiane Paul: Genealogies of the New Aesthetic


Thursday, March 27, 6:00 p.m.
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St.

Christiane Paul in person

Curator and scholar Christiane Paul presents a multimedia talk on the "Genealogies of the New Aesthetic." Identified as such by the British artist and programmer James Bridle, the New Aesthetic began as a Tumblr devoted to new modes of technologically enabled imaging and exploded into a meme dissected by critics from Wired, The Atlantic, and Vanity Fair. Taking Bridle's Tumblr as her starting point—a collage of corruption artifacts, 8-bit imagery, information visualization, and more—Paul (using research conducted in collaboration with Malcolm Levy) traces the histories of each to create a lineage for practices, artifacts, and their aesthetics.

1968–2014, multiple countries, multiple formats, 60 min + discussion

Christiane Paul (b. 1961, Attendorn, Germany) is Associate Professor at the School of Media Studies, The New School, and Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She has written extensively on new media arts and lectured internationally on art and technology. As Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts at the Whitney Museum of American Art, she curated several exhibitions—including Cory Arcangel: Pro Tools (2011), Profiling (2007), Data Dynamics (2001) and artport, the Whitney Museum's website devoted to Internet art.