"Aesthetics" means a lot of different things to different people. I won't go into all that at this point. I merely want to share with you an emerging and powerful 'aesthetic turn' in my own life and career in the past year. It is very fresh and I sense it is critical to a re-vision of design for the 21st century e.g., Integral Urbanism;(but that is a longer story). The notes here are merely meant to open the way for further explorations on my own and with you as potential or engaged clients and/or collaborators.

You will see me planning a graduate course in AESTHETICS AS SOCIAL ACTION, you'll see me writing articles and book on a theory of Restorative Aesthetics and the role of a post-peak-oil-carbon aesthetics for the 21st century, among the "artist-in-residence" program which I'll be expanding conceptually from its current configuration on this website.

One of my goals is to focus on aesthetic learning, teaching and curriculum with wide and broad applications, as pragmatic as how aesthetics can improve business operations and missions as well as employee health and wellness. I am very interested in the Aesthetic to Ethical to Political imperative, as many critical thinkers have been arguing for some years (e.g., Bracha Ettinger). I see aesthetics as crucial to the foundations of renewal of a strong and creative democracy, in all the varied forms that may take, and which would reconstitute itself with original creative subjectivisation processes for individuals.

I'll be developing an integral neo-experimental aesthetics (theory and practices = praxis) by which to distinguish and integrate "aesthetic truth" (It- domain), "aesthetic morality" (We-domain) and "aesthetic resonance" (I-domain), thus re-weaving the old classical integral paradigm and attitudes with it of the True, the Good and the Beautiful. However, I am going to be doing this with very 'new' combinations of thinkers and theories.... among the likes of which I am reading at present:

a) Bracha L. Ettinger's "aesthetic wit(h)nessing" (e.g., see her book The Matrixial Borderspace)

b) Felix Guattari's "ethico-aesthetic paradigm" (e.g., see his book Chaosmosis)

c) Michael Kelly's book A Hunger for Aesthetics

d) Thomas Osborne's "aesthetic morality" and "truth" (e.g., see his book Aspects of Enlgithenment)

e) Bradford Keeney's theory of therapeutic transformation (e.g., see his book Aesthetics of Change)


And, yes, all of this has a lot to do with ART, in all its dimensions, and the very art of integral thinking and theorizing which I teach and promote. I continue to explore diverse practices of aesthetics, and wish to engage in dialogues with others who might be interested in any of the above, or merely want to comment. I'll keep you up-to-date as this page on this website grows and expands.



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