Aesthetic States of Frenzy: Friedrich Nietzsche’s aesthetic philosophy and the Odyssey Palimpsest in THE DIGITAL DIONYSUS


So pleased to have my illustrated art essay Aesthetic States of Frenzy: Friedrich Nietzsche’s aesthetic philosophy and the Odyssey Palimpsest here in THE DIGITAL DIONYSUS at Punctum Books

Aesthetic States of Frenzy explores the role of art in Nietzsche’s philosophy and relates it to the curative nihilistic thinking behind a series of noisy mesh artworks by Joseph Nechvatal entitled Odyssey Palimpsest; a series that returns us symbolically to ancient Homer’s lost hero, placed now on an inner voyage afloat against the tide of our tragic post-modern carnival.
Aesthetic States of Frenzy builds upon Nietzsche’s philosophy to theorize a new contemporary aesthetic labor based in an exquisite unseeablity and disconnectedness that is directed against our contemporary surveillance state as it now exists in the network-centric condition.
The author frames this aesthetic labor of masquerading in terms of a monster sacré affinity for a materialist nihilism of no that (if it goes far enough) can transform an artistic metamorphosis of emergence into an all-embracing yes. This yes-full nihilistic frenzy is theorized as the energy of unleashing forces of racket reverberation directed against the figure-ground actions of power surveillance so that a nimble art may emerge and resonate in a web of inter-connected, molecular and viral relational affects and intensities of noise, dissonance and deviation.



About josephnechvatal

Since 1986 Joseph Nechvatal has worked with ubiquitous electronic visual information, computers and computer-robotics. His computer-robotic assisted paintings and computer software animations are shown regularly in galleries and museums throughout the world. From 1991-1993 he worked as artist-in-resident at the Louis Pasteur Atelier and the Saline Royale / Ledoux Foundation’s computer lab in Arbois, France on The Computer Virus Project: an experiment with computer viruses as a creative stratagem. In 2002 he extended that artistic research into the field of viral artificial life through his collaboration with the programmer Stéphane Sikora. Dr. Nechvatal earned his Ph.D. in the philosophy of art and new technology at The Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts (CAiiA) University of Wales College, Newport, UK and occasionally teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City (SVA). His book of essays “Towards an Immersive Intelligence: Essays on the Work of Art in the Age of Computer Technology and Virtual Reality (1993-2006)” was published by Edgewise Press in 2009. In 2011 his book “Immersion Into Noise” was published by the University of Michigan Library’s Scholarly Publishing Office in conjunction with Open Humanities Press You can follow him on Twitter at @twinkletwink Homepage here:
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