#graphicdesign #criticism #conceptronica #ornamentalpolitics
With games and CGI-laden fantasies, the impetus behind world-building is leaving reality behind for a zone of adventures that are thrilling but safe.
Alongside the conceptualism and the audio-visuality, there has been a political turn in ’10s electronic music: artists taking strikingly committed stances, often rooted in a minority identity based around race, sexuality, or gender.
Now, according to Latham, “We don’t really have the luxury to just be repulsed and fascinated” by the “visual culture” of hyper-capitalism.
It’s as though the politicization of electronic music demanded visibility: putting yourself on the line facially and vocally.
With conceptronica, there can be a feeling, at times, of being lectured. There’s the perennial doubt about the efficacy of preaching to the converted.
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