visuals, ideas. tracing patterns. Apple/Californian ideology, technological determinism. too beautiful to be myself with
New Materialism site: https://newmaterialism.eu/
scrubbed clean (Hans Bellmer, Glossier, "pampering"), opposites (see Camille)
revisit BIPOC Design History, on iteration and grids. look for notes on those lectures
"International Design" — misguided modernist notion that international meant all people, rather than multinational corporations. the design greats are usually those that have made consumption an aesthetic (?) experience. —— and then from there, young aspiring designers think that this corporate template/outlook is one used for personal expression (phantom portfolios), which makes it all the more confusing
again: what economic relations are at play
consider papercutting (剪纸) as flat artmaking — it animates a space, makes it 3d, rather than staying flat? a convenient opposite would then be that frosted glass gives you the illusion of three dimensionality when it actually insists on more flatness (the bodily interaction of tapping glass)
what about the Lascaux paintings — they are more than flat — ?
the aftermath of modernist architecture, as a form of colonization in Africa: lack of attention to material impact of the thing you're making; waste is not a problem. encourages us to take up space without reflection
the illusion of (excessive, there for the sake of itself) whitespace, of the frontier: that this is all for you
read Vibrant Matter by Jane Bennett, Robin Wall Kimmerer — on animism; is it possible to remove the anthropocentric lens?
Gen X Soft Club, circa Early 1990s - Mid 2000s
[An excerpt of the longer description by Sloane] Contrary to contemporaneous Y2K Aesthetic, and also McBling style of the early 2000s, Gen X Y/AC models in editorial fashion or artist marketing were much more "natural". [...] Retro-futurism was Y2K Aesthetic, but Gen X YAC was more terrestrial. Its futurism was a mix of sterile and organic. McBling was a full blown disco revival, but here, we just see hints of the 70s. Depictions of city life through a colonialist lens. First wave gentrification. Urban life influenced graphic design, such as in the use of Helvetica as inspired by the NYC subway signs. The rise of a minimalist design revival.
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Are.na - https://www.are.na/evan-collins-1522646491/gen-x-soft-club