The author of this piece sets himself apart through his critical and fresh contributions surrounding Arts and the Net.
Anti-Media Ephemera on Speculative Arts /
Florian Cramer has developed a book that encourages us to reflect on what remains current, expires or is constantly moving during the digital age. Anti-Media Ephemera on Speculative Arts, is a collection of essays spanning over subjects like online porn, art, anti-copyright activists, 4chan, Anonymous, popular culture. In general, the book sets out to dialogue and clarify the impermanent quality of virtual spaces to reveal it to be an absolute provocative.
His most persistent questions surround the current state of art, will it always be relevant? ‘Art’ is, to begin with, a somewhat vague term and one which can have a multitude of different definitions, its precise function within society is also fairly elusive. In this sense, the same thing happens with ‘Media’, a somewhat imprecise term that does not encompass this modern phenomenon’s complexity. Hence anti-art and anti-media become essential to understanding and grasping the meaning, definition and importance of these two.
Anti-Media is a profound title that employs an intensive analysis of cultural manifestations, observations surrounding Art and Media Criticism, which as Cramer points out, and ends up referencing themselves. This is undoubtedly, a relevant book which can become a crucial reference point that will help us understand the period we’re living in. The author is a professor at the Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam, he studied comparative literature in Berlin and is much familiarised with codes and the web. Cramer shares his current work and hints at the topic for his next book:
“All papers I published since 1996 are available under free licenses on my website. My next research project will be about the aesthetics of obscenity —and inevitably involve contemporary Internet culture."Tagged: books, art, art criticism, contemporary art, Florian Cramer, Anti-Media Ephemera on Speculative Arts