What are the possible qualities of speculative aesthetics? for example:
other unknown actor's viewpoint,
other species viewpoints
object's enjoyment (allure, emotion),
non-human (machine, AI)'s perspective,
strange object-to-object relationship,
Constructively identify at least 20 qualities by concluding classmates' sharing.
2. Speculative aesthetics
Speculative Aesthetics and Object-Oriented Inquiry (OOI),” by N. Katherine Hayles
Graham Harman: “Aesthetics as First Philosophy"
The essential move here is to identify aesthetics with “enjoyment” (Levinas’s term) or “allure” (Harman’s) so that the sensual qualities of objects in which other objects “bathe” is understood as an essentially aesthetic response. Thus aesthetics is generalised so that it applies not only to humans but to all objects, including inanimate ones.
Following Harman, Bogost accepts that “all objects recede interminably into themselves,” which implies that putting things “at the center of a new metaphysics also requires us to admit that they do not exist just for us.”p. 168:
"we never understand the alien experience, we only ever reach for it metaphorically.”p. 169:
"Where I begin to depart from Bogost and Harman is on the issue of how objects manifest themselves. Whereas they emphasise an object’s allure, the attraction it emanates for other objects, more important in my experience is the resistance objects offer to human manipulation and understanding"
"The difference between resistance and acquiescence is that acquiescence is always metaphoric, whereas resistance is decisive: “Whatever I am, I’m not that,” an object can respond to human probing."p. 178.
"I ended by arguing that the way to escape anthropocentrism is precisely through an imaginative projection into the worldviews of other objects and beings, based on evidence about their ways of being in the world,"