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.