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Interdisciplinary Aesthetics

“Interdisciplinary Aesthetics”

I thought I came up with this term the other day, but alas, a quick google reveals I cannot claim it.

Interdisciplinary Aesthetics. I thought, “This should be an academic field!” In my dream department, the teachers would be people like Joy Williams, Joss Whedon, Lynda Barry, Dave Chappelle, Tom Waits, the guys from Sleepybird, the creators of “Mad Men” and “Nip/Tuck” and “Deadwood” and whoever thought up that “Think Different” campaign for Apple computer. And lots of other people who seem to get that the disciplines of 2-D and 3-D art and literature and theatre and music seep into each other and can and should collaborate on a cellular level.  (6/15/12: I’m adding Jon Langford and anyone else he wants to bring to the guest list.)

We could have some scientists and other thinkers, too. I’m sure there are plenty of others who should apply when we open the department.

In those halls, you would find painters and writers and quiltmakers and dancers and drum-bangers and all kinds of rowdy, quiet, thoughtful, brilliant people. And maybe even some people who use (gasp!) computers as the primary medium.

Maybe we should pool our resources and everybody move to Denmark.

Discuss…