Futures 2084

The aesthetics of fear

The aesthetics of fear

Author: Javier Cuberos

In March 2020, in the north of Brazil, where I was stranded by the COVID19 pandemic, I began to identify how those images that appealed to fear, anguish, paranoia, terror, which were recurrent, sprouted systematically in the societies of the planet and were shared by the digital and transversal cloud of the Internet. Those images that possessed defined visual patterns and similarities in bodies and clothes.

Those identified and defined aesthetic patterns would deepen over time during the 21st century and would converge in an archetypal aesthetic of the contemporary century.

I present here the document generated during 2020 for future posterity, almost like an archaeological piece of the history of humanity.