Sianne Ngai quote: “I’m interested in states of …”

“I’m interested in states of weakness: in “minor” or non-cathartic feelings that index situations of suspended agency; in trivial aesthetic categories grounded in ambivalent or even explicitly contradictory feelings. More specifically, I’m interested in the surprising power these weak affects and aesthetic categories seem to have, in why they’ve become so paradoxically central to late capitalist culture. The book I’m currently completing is on the contemporary significance of three aesthetic categories in particular: the cute, the interesting, and the zany.” (45)

Jasper, Adam. “Our Aesthetic Categories: an interview with Sianne Ngai.” Cabinet: a quarterly of art and culture. Issue 43 “Forensics,” Fall 2011, pgs 45-51

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