The Aesthetics of Decay: An Homage to the Beauty of Transience

  • Fanny Kernbauer
Keywords: amateur film, decay, art without an artist, temporality, transience


A student essay for the Special Student Issue of the Journal of Extreme Anthropology accompanying the art exhibition 'Artist's Waste, Wasted Artists', which opened in Vienna on the 19th of September 2017 and was curated by the students of social anthropology at the University of Vienna. This essay contemplates the nature of art utilizing an interesting case of an artwork without an artist, an amateur film from the 1960s found at the Film Archive in Vienna, which has decayed, the signs of demage turning it into an artwork in its own right, touching and beautiful to watch.