Almanac of Contemporary Aesthetics

ABSTRACT

PERFORMANCEREVIEW

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Instigated by today’s platform capitalism and the attention economy, identity-building has become a more mediated process, shifting the focus from individual identities to a collective, socially constructed, marketable self. Within this frame, the notion of “performance” seems to be taking center stage. Not only identity evaluation mechanisms such as likes, views, and ratings are becoming the norm; we will now witness millions of users navigate the metaverse “embodying” a non-fungible version of themselves. Unsurprisingly, “performative activism” and “performance anxiety” are making headlines. Through two essays and a piece of autofiction, we bounce back and forth between true and performed, theory and fiction, self-awareness and self-mythology, ego and gender, to interrogate how the algorithmic experience both pulls from identity and shapes it.

BELLIGERENTMAGIC

In their latest collaborative project, designer Matthew M. Williams and painter Josh Smith have created garments pulsing with vibrant color, animated by psychedelic renditions of palm trees and the Grim Reaper.
In this story, starring Texan emo cowboy and burgeoning fashion icon Teezo Touchdown, the two creators discuss the genesis of their collaboration, the meaning of magic, and earning the right to make audiences uncomfortable.

TEEZO TOUCHDOWN

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BELLIGERENTMAGIC

In their latest collaborative project, designer Matthew M. Williams and painter Josh Smith have created garments pulsing with vibrant color, animated by psychedelic renditions of palm trees and the Grim Reaper.
In this story, starring Texan emo cowboy and burgeoning fashion icon Teezo Touchdown, the two creators discuss the genesis of their collaboration, the meaning of magic, and earning the right to make audiences uncomfortable.

JOHN GLACIER

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TALKING TO MYSELF

TALKING TO MYSELF

She doesn’t listen to much music, doesn’t care for the record industry, and prefers her audience to sit down; a lot of her songs aren’t full-length, and her performances are carried out as a form of speech or conversation.
Born and raised in Hackney, East London, rapper and producer John Glacier rejects conventions, genre distinctions, and stagnant self-narratives; instead, she prioritizes intimacy, awareness, and channeling the voice of her inner child.

She doesn’t listen to much music, doesn’t care for the record industry, and prefers her audience to sit down; a lot of her songs aren’t full-length, and her performances are carried out as a form of speech or conversation.
Born and raised in Hackney, East London, rapper and producer John Glacier rejects conventions, genre distinctions, and stagnant self-narratives; instead, she prioritizes intimacy, awareness, and channeling the voice of her inner child.

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