“There can be no path leading beyond the new, for such a path itself would be new, nor can there be any possible way of breaking the rules of the new, for these rules demand, precisely, to be broken. In that sense, the demand for innovation is, if wanted, the only reality expressed in a culture.”
Boris Groys. On the New, 2005
Ever since LARMAGAZINE was conceived as an app magazine, “the new” is a concept that chases us and even defines us in a way. This idea of thinking of something totally different from what’s already known, doing something “new” isn’t easy and even less in the artistic medium, which contrary to what most people might think, is very conservative: the language read and heard in exhibitions, conferences, books, and media is still outdated in most cases. In 2018 the nostalgia for the smell of a book still punishes digital ideas. For decades we’ve witnessed how the very same sacred cows have dictated what can be and what cannot, which wouldn’t be a problem if they wouldn’t do it within the same parameters of their times. These and many more examples of the aspects, vices, and “old-fashioned” schemes, are without a doubt what led to many people’s satiety, the same who try to rethink, change, improve, innovate and update their proposals.
In many aspects, the contemporary art media is old-fashioned and that’s why in this edition of LARMAGAZINE, we thought it would be relevant to make a reflection on the theme of “the new” and put it on the table. We want to talk about the impulse that leads us daily to question the sense and value in innovation, originality, and even appropriation; since everything to a certain extent is a mix of previous ideas and references. With this reflection in mind, we invited artists using new technologies or aesthetic elements that, even if they resonate with other epoch’s elements, seem like a novelty of today.
Interactive Cover by Liam Young. Still from Where The City Can't See, 2016