Aspect is a biannual DVD magazine of new media art. The mission of the publication is to distribute and archive works of time-based art. Each issue highlights 5-10 artists working in new or experimental media, whose works are best documented in video or sound. Each work can be viewed with or without an additional commentator audio track. The theme of Volume III is: The Artist as Content.
The morose trend that seems to have pervaded ASPECT for the first four issues needed to come to a conclusion. To that end we asked for artwork that expressed a lightness of heart, a sense of humor, or the joys of life. Joie de Vivre explores levity and humor in art and demonstrates how broadly that concept can be interpreted: long distance friendship and collaboration, a midnight snack, the pain of maintaining a smile for a length of time, discovering plaster babies, or simply exploring your neighborhood.
Without a fixed physical or temporal locus, Aspect Magazine maximizes the fluidity of its ephemeral site in Volume 6: On Location. Extending from the momentary to the monumental, terrestrial to celestial, micro to macro, and personal to cultural, this issue explores the vast concept of location. Where beyond the genre of new media art could so many different interpretations of location exist? And where besides the time-based Aspect Magazine could they be brought together so cohesively? We hope you enjoy this diverse collection of works in relation to location as much as we have enjoyed assembling them
This volume of ASPECT features artists working with issues of identity and personality. For some, a constructed identity is an opportunity to explore personal or cultural issues of gender, accountability and culpability. Other artists make their own personality an integral part of their work and process. All the works in this issue examine the role of personal psychology in how we interact with others and our surroundings on an everyday basis. We are thrilled by the quality and diversity of work in this issue, and with the diverse ways in which the artists and commentators interpreted our open call.
Over the trajectory of his decades-long career, sculptor-videographer-printmaker Bruce Nauman has argued that true meaning in art lies not in the actual content per se but in the process of creating it. Nauman's aims are ambitious: he uses his creations to explore life's most profound questions - including the meaning of existence - with works that chart out the entire life cycle from womb to grave.