The Nordic Journal of Aesthetics 2020-07-08T04:47:02+02:00 Jacob Lund Open Journal Systems Deals with aesthetic problems and conveys current aesthetic research INTRODUCTION 2020-07-08T04:46:17+02:00 Jacob Lund 2020-05-20T16:39:10+02:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## WINCKELMANN’S APOLLO AND THE PHYSIOGNOMY OF RACE 2020-07-08T04:47:02+02:00 Lasse Hodne <p>The taste for classical art that induced museums in the West to acquire masterpieces from ancient Greece and Rome for their collections was stimulated largely by the writings of Johann Joachim Winckelmann. In the past decade, a number of articles have claimed that Winckelmann’s glorification of marble statues representing the white, male body promotes notions of white supremacy. The present article challenges this view by examining theories prevalent in the eighteenth century (especially climate theory) that affected Winckelmann’s views on race. Through an examination of different types of classicism, the article also seeks to demonstrate that Winckelmann’s aesthetics were opposed to the eclectic use of ancient models typical of the fascist regimes of the twentieth century.</p> 2020-05-20T16:23:58+02:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## MONOLITH IN A HOLLOW: PALEOFUTURISM AND EARTH ART IN STANLEY KUBRICK’S 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY 2020-07-08T04:46:50+02:00 Jacob Wamberg <p>This article analyses 2001 in terms of what I term paleofuturism. Fusing deep future and deep past, this cyclical figure reconciles rational machinic intelligence with diverse repressed temporal layers: archaic cultures, the embryonic state of individuals, and bygone biological and geological eras. In 2001, paleofuturism is nourished by Nietzsche’s Übermensch of the future, reborn as a child, and by Jungian ideas of individuation, the reconciliation with the shadow of the collective unconscious that leads to the black cosmos itself. Further paleofuturist contexts for 2001 are explored in the so-called “ancient astronaut thesis” of science fiction, speculative science, and pseudo-science. Finally, in minimalism and earth art of the late 1960s we meet a structural parallel to 2001’s bypassing of the organic human body, one that bridges the inorganic entropic realities of deep future and deep past.</p> 2020-05-20T16:30:27+02:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## THE VERTICAL CITY: APPROACHES TO THE SKYSCRAPER CITY AS PHENOMENOLOGICAL SPACE AND SEMANTIC FIELD 2020-07-08T04:46:40+02:00 Anders Troelsen <p>The article is a kind of “project essay” or “brain storm” concerning skyscraper cities. It proposes different approaches for the study of this subject. Starting with the observation that in Danish traditional houses are lying (ligger), whereas skyscrapers are “standing” (står), different phenomenological and discursive perspectives for the study are sketched. The article also suggests that the analysis of contemporary skyscraper cities can shed new light on more traditional cities in the same way as new media illuminate the characterics of old media.</p> 2020-05-20T16:33:22+02:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## DIGITAL MUSIC USE AS ECOLOGICAL THINKING: METADATA AND HISTORICISED LISTENING 2020-07-08T04:46:29+02:00 Andreas Helles Pedersen <p>In claiming that metadata possess the power to put historical awareness into the act of listening, this article examines digital music use as an aesthetic situation driven by potentialities of becoming. Working from a theoretical foundation amalgamating digital music archives and metadata as environments the article discusses Georgina Born’s notion of musical assemblages alongside the concept of virtuality, and by letting these meet the article argues for a musical assemblage built from sensibilities of becoming rather than layers of mediation. The inner workings of digital music use constitute an ecology in which recorded music history moves and reconnects, and this makes the historicity of recorded music be fluid, thus turning listening into a historicised action. In exemplifying this, the article discusses some of the strategic programming of metadata on the digital music platform Diskoteket, and through an analysis of sampled music, the prospects of recorded music’s historicity are shown as affective capacities.</p> 2020-05-20T16:36:15+02:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## AN AESTHETICS OF THE METAINTERFACE 2020-07-08T04:46:06+02:00 Alex Fleck 2020-05-20T16:45:56+02:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## WHAT IS ‘DIGITAL DYNAMICS’? 2020-07-08T04:45:54+02:00 Jan Løhmann Stephensen 2020-05-20T16:48:50+02:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## EXPLORATIONS OF THE LANDSCAPE 2020-07-08T04:45:44+02:00 Zoltán Somhegyi 2020-05-20T16:51:29+02:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## NOTE ON CONTRIBUTORS 2020-07-08T04:45:32+02:00 Jacob Lund 2020-05-20T16:58:59+02:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##