“Critique of Aesthetic Capitalism” by Gernot Böhme

We are glad to announce that the first volume of the Atmospheric Spaces book series has been just published by Mimesis International: Critique of Aesthetic Capitalism by Gernot Böhme.

Aesthetic Economy is a theory of the recent development of capitalism in our national economies. According to Böhme, commodities are used for the staging of our lives: they produce atmospheres. Such a theory finds applications wherever staging is performed: e.g., in commodity aesthetics, in marketing, as well as in the sphere of production.

“The commodity has become compliant. So the moral of the story is this: the superfluous is useful. Its use is to put life on stage.”