A brilliant new commentary suggests we can learn much about the intent and context of art through online social interactions and planning.

We have covered 4Chan’s influence on popular culture before. But what of its influence on aesthetics?

The modern day art world is so often defined by the public exhibition–museums, galleries and curated showings. And, traditionally, the key drivers of the exhibition derive from two maxims of external aesthetics: intent and context.

What is less often discussed is the idea of relational aesthetics (RA).  Its founding, by theoretician Nicholas Bourriaud, is defined as “a set of artistic practices that take as their theoretical and practical point of departure the whole of human relations and their social context.”

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