Arts, Aesthetics, and New Media
Fausto Lupetti Editori
Lightness, Quickness, Multiplicity, Exactitude, Visibility and Consistencyare the Six Memos – six qualities or values – that Italo Calvino was due to deliver in the context of the Harvard Charles Eliot Norton lectures in 1985- 86, but left unfinished at his death. Read today, the Six Memos, or “not just literary proposals”, are evidently part of the new social and cultural sensitivity that emerged at the end of the 20th century in conjunction with the evolution of the media system, accelerated by the convergence of digital information technologies and communication networks.
Through a series of impressive matches, the spirit of the Six Memos takes the form of a new interpretative plot that reveals the sensory component of the art and media world, and casts light and shadows on the facts of aesthetic art and technology of our time, open to the postmodern horizon.
Bringing the aesthetic discourse back to its etymology, to the diverse cultural and material facts affecting the sensory and intellectual spheres, the new media appear for what they are: processes of mediation to the world, mechanisms of formation and aesthetization of experience. The field of aesthetics and the media come together within a single project where one builds upon the other. In the interdisciplinary pattern that define the boundaries of this research, the traits of the “Digital World” emerge. This is how the new media will appear in all their Lightness, Quickness, Multiplicity, Exactitude, Visibility and Consistency.