This Friday I’ll give a lecture at Aarhus University in Denmark, speaking about software, the unified logics of capitalism and computing, and artistic tactics of bounding that employ degrowth aesthetics as a countering practice.
From Forever More to Degrowth Aesthetics: Tactics of Bounding in the Digital Infinite
Despite their lofty mission statements, today’s leading social media platforms primarily emphasize one singular concept: more . These capitalist software machines are designed to stoke an insatiable cycle of production and consumption in order to maximize corporate growth and profit. To achieve this, they leverage data and scale to produce signals and interface patterns that keep users engaged, promising connection and joy in exchange for growing shares of our time and attention. This talk presents a series of art projects that resist these accumulative logics, works that employ an aesthetics of degrowth that reconfigures and/or reimagines the social apps that aim to trap us in endless loops—until there’s no more time left to give.
Peter Bøgh Andersen Auditorium (5335-016)