Gabriella Gasparini | Ed Peter Traynor | 23 October 2021
Elusive, but powerful. Mysterious, yet pervasive. Chaotic, and at the same time harmonious. The experience of the sublime elicits feelings of grandeur, fear, transcendence, awe and stupefaction – often, all at once.
Today, as we come to terms with ever uncertain times – both existentially and technologically – these overwhelming feelings culminate in a state of perpetual anxiety, disembodiment and displacement, making us both fear for our future but also wonder in anticipation.
As the two big powers of technology and nature merge, New Media and Digital Artists have been grappling with the very same question that has troubled the minds of philosophers, artists and thinkers alike for two millennia: “What exactly is the sublime?”
Ever-changing and capricious, the experience of the sublime continues to lurk behind the brutality of nature, the eeriness of polymorphous entities, the (dis)embodiment of our alienated digital condition or in the cyborgic nature of a technology that keeps encroaching on the natural.
The 11 international New Media artists Agora Digital Art has brought together under this virtual dome, all re-contextualise the historical and contemporary discourses on the sublime, offering us a glimpse into the future condition of humankind.