This new video by Dizzee Rascal is rampant GIF material, or is it entirely inspired by GIFs. I don’t know.
Regardless, it got me thinking of the new aesthetic, which is a newish sort of art movement thing (yes, it’s that vague). In that linked Wikipedia article there is now a better description of what the new aesthic is from Matthew Battles than the last time I saw the article.
New Aesthetic is a collaborative attempt to draw a circle around several species of aesthetic activity—including but not limited to drone photography, ubiquitous surveillance, glitch imagery, Streetview photography, 8-bit net nostalgia. Central to the New Aesthetic is a sense that we’re learning to “wave at machines”—and that perhaps in their glitchy, buzzy, algorithmic ways, they’re beginning to wave back in earnest.
And now there is a Tumblr on new aesthetics.