A Phenomenological “Aesthetics of Isolation” as Environmental Aesthetics for an Era of Ubiquitous Art

Gladden, Matthew E. “A Phenomenological ‘Aesthetics of Isolation’ as Environmental Aesthetics for an Era of Ubiquitous Art.” The Polish Journal of Aesthetics no. 49 (2018), pp. 11-25. DOI: 10.19205/49.18.1 [MNiSW 2016 List B: 12 points]

Abstract. Here the concept of the human being as a “relatively isolated system” developed in Ingarden’s later phenomenology is adapted into an “aesthetics of isolation” that complements conventional environmental aesthetics. Such an aesthetics of isolation is especially relevant, given the growing “aesthetic overload” brought about by ubiquitous computing and new forms of art and aesthetic experience such as those involving virtual reality, interactive online performance art, and artificial creativity.

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