AMSTERDAM SCHOOLfor Cultural Analysis
Revamped factories, vintage cafe interiors, glitch art: as advanced digital and production technologies increasingly allow us to perfect everyday life, logic and aesthetics of imperfection thrives across multiple social domains. In fields as varying as design, architecture, literature, (audio-)visual arts, genetics, marketing, psychology, and spatial planning, experts and practitioners today glorify the non-perfected as hallmark for the authentic and sublime.
Sublime Imperfections is an Amsterdam-based research project that examines the current preoccupation with the non-polished. The Netherlands and Russia have our special interest -- but ultimately, the project aims to craft a transnational theory of imperfections and discourse about the imperfect and rugged.