22 April 2010

dead pixels

"In a sense, the internet is already the celebration of banality, because everything from old masters to scratched out newspaper puzzles is reduced to the same deadening aesthetic of a group of pixels, bereft of texture, depth and light. The series ‘Beautifully Banal (via Kottke) would appear to bear this out; digital beauty is a modern construct we have all become easily tuned into, because it slips down nice and quickly, easy on the eye. The soft, smooth animation of the modern UI turns kinetic intervention with material into a heightened sensory experience: simply pushing a (real) photograph around a (real) desktop is not especially entertaining, so why is it that doing the same thing in the virtual realm should be so compelling? Not to mention distracting."

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