A working hypothesis: aesthetic distance is to be seen as distance from labour.
Objective defined: Despite a lack of previous active blogging or social media activity, the purpose of this site is to use the platform to investigate the research questions below by circulating images, sound, and text, and then monitor and respond to any reaction. It is hoped that this process will lead to productive dialogue and ongoing creative output.
• How does the shift in emphasis from object to subject within the 18th century drive to establish universally valid aesthetic jugdgements, lead to the construction of an autonomous aesthetic realm?
• Can the disinterestedneas presupposed as a requirement for aesthetic pleasure be seen as a more general distance from utility, correlating to the conditions of existence of an emerging mercantile class?
• Can investigation of the formal representation of theoretical categories serve to usefully interrogate these formulations and propositions?