Placekeeping as an epicenter of aesthetics

By     Aug 4, 2015
Creative Community Fellow

Nicolas Cabrera

Like two tectonic plates, placekeeping and current landscapes collide. One of the outcomes of this collision is the creation of a new aesthetics. Rasquachification is one example of one relatively recent aesthetic. Constantly butting heads with current landscapes. For a more elaborate description of rasquachification read this article by Roberto Bedoya.

Rasquache spatial imaginary the aesthetic of making something out of nothing, of the discarded, irreverent and spontaneous Roberto Bedoya

To me the value of the concept rasquachification is the recognition that the people who engage in the creation of rascuache places are artists, curators of spaces that master creatively the reshaping of items; in many instances they contest some aspects mass consumption of current landscapes.

Another example of the creation of a new aesthetic is street art / graffiti. This art form would have not reached its master level if the collisions with the current landscape didn’t exist. The abatement policies created new canvases for artists to practice and state their message.

These two examples of art creation describe two reasons why humans create art: an intrinsic need for creation and an intrinsic need for expression. Both are born by the collision between placekeeping and the current landscape.