Writer's talkJames Bridle
James Bridle is a London-based writer, artist, publisher and technologist whose work covers the intersection of literature, culture and the network.
In 2011, he coined the term ‘New Aesthetic’ to describe the increasing appearance of the visual language of digital technology and the Internet in the physical world. Here he discusses how perception has shifted in an age of rapid technological development and the potential implications of this “eruption of the digital” on contemporary visual practice.
In an interview with the Design Observer Group, Bridle explains, “The New Aesthetic is not criticism, but an exploration; not a plea for change, rather a series of reference points to the change that is occurring. An attempt to understand not only the ways in which technology shapes the things we make, but the way we see and understand them.”
James Bridle works widely in the fields of technology, publishing and art. He has written for WIRED, ICON, Domus, Cabinet, the Atlantic and many other publications, and writes a regular column for The Observer. Bridle speaks worldwide at events including SXSW (Austin), dConstruct (Brighton), LIFT (Geneva), Web Directions (Sydney) and NEXT (Berlin). His work, such as the Iraq War Historiography, an encyclopaedia of Wikipedia Changelogs, has been exhibited at galleries in the US, Europe and Asia, and he has been commissioned by organisations such as Artangel and Mu, Eindhoven.
In 2012 he was a Happenstance resident at Lighthouse Gallery, lectured as part of the 4 Thought series on BBC Radio 4, contributed to the Istanbul Design Biennial and Guimaraes 2012 European City of Culture, and was adjunct professor on the Interactive Telecommunications Programme at New York University. Bridle is also a member of the the Really Interesting Group, a design partnership based in East London.