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Alvaro Marquez (M)
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    Aesthethics of Failure. 1
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    Where forward thinking terrestrials share ideas and information about the state of the species, their planet and the universe, living the lives of science fiction. Introduction
    Featuring Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames, based on an idea by Kees Boeke.

    The Aesthetics of Failure's 10 basic principles:

    1. Failure is a shade of beauty born from imperfection - yet is a portrayal of perfection
    2. Failure is an involuntary consciousness - as well as a manner of comprehending and apprehending reality
    3. Failure is organic - never a deliberate mechanical process or a technical effect alone
    4. Failure arises from life itself - it reveals the surreal that emerges from the real
    5. Failure tends to blend and shift focus - from background to foreground at will
    6. Failure exists both as minute detail and as a big picture - size and scale are human concepts
    7. Failure is the product of what already exists - it handles transformation as a method of conservation
    8. Failure deconstructs to unveil complexity - only if there's such complexity to be unveiled
    9. Failure is shapeless and timeless - yet it tends to be recursive
    10. Failure is ungraspable and random - it is unpredictable yet precise
    Sat, Aug 29, 2009  Permanent link
    Categories: Theory, aesthetic, fundamentals, failure
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    Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

    It's quite interesting that we are able to understand and give a proper meaning to the paragraph above, despite the fact that it's totally misspelled. I wonder why we tend to understand our lives as a series of disconnected events, or a series of events connected only backwards, if the beginning and the end of our lives it's always in the right place in the right order.

    Why look back to the past instead of look to the future to define our lives? I do believe it only takes a bit of imagination.

    Mon, Jun 8, 2009  Permanent link

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    First post in the Space Collective. I hope I don't disappoint as posting some thoughts in this community next to some brilliant people makes one feel very humble.

    For those not aware of what the Aesthetics of Failure means, and using my own words, I'd describe it as the end result of a failed attempt to produce a desired outcome from a repetitive or mechanized process.

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    In a society that tends to perfection and standardization, any product not perfect is automatically discarded right after its conception. Whether it's something physical as a piece of furniture, a gadget or a car, to something abstract as one idea, a political party, one's identity or the mere conception of society, everything is filtered out.

    I have been doing some research and I haven't found proper interest in the matter except from loose articles, but no deep exploration of such phenomena. John Maeda mentions it in his blog briefly after a trip to Japan in 2007; there's a flickr group under that name with quite some random images and no apparent consistency; and a different approach from the musical point of view, which in my opinion focuses more in the nature of the sounds produced by electronic instruments rather than in the true nature of music.

    Within SpaceCollective I'll try to throw some light at this phenomena from my perspective, both from a theoretical discourse as well as from a plastic perspective. Being neither an academic nor an artist, I hope we can use this platform to collectively construct and identify this aesthetic theory.

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