Sourcing the sound of cool: 1958-1985

Sourcing the sound of cool: 1958-1985 “Il 1959 rappresenta un punto di svolta nella storia dell’arte dei suoni.” (Enrico Merlin, 1000 dischi per un secolo) 1958 and 1959 weren’t just ordinary years; they mark a definite break, a turning point in the widespread realms of the aesthetics and the art of listening to music. Miles… Continue reading Sourcing the sound of cool: 1958-1985

Their dances, their music and their clothes: Sourcing the iconography of “heritage” in the dancehalls of the 1930’s

In this second installment on the iconography of “heritage” I’d like to address the role the music and the associated imagery, that permeated the dance halls of the European cities in the 1920is, play in contemporary revival subcultures. In opposition to last months focus on the Great Depression era, in this short writing I will… Continue reading Their dances, their music and their clothes: Sourcing the iconography of “heritage” in the dancehalls of the 1930’s

Heritage? Whose Heritage? Sourcing the iconography of “heritage”

Authenticity claims seem to pervade the narrative in contemporary branding strategies be it in the fashion industries, in culture or politics. On my hunt for iconographic evidence I delved further into the archives of the early sociopolitical endeavors that tried to create a photographic overview of the actual situation of people living through the times… Continue reading Heritage? Whose Heritage? Sourcing the iconography of “heritage”

Being exposed – at PittiUomo 96

At the Pitti 96 I was a victim. At least that’s what Mr. Clements called those fortunate souls that were invited to take part in his photo session inside the ancient walls of the Fortezza da Basso in Florence. I’d like to share some hopefully useful insights in the short lifespan of a victim in… Continue reading Being exposed – at PittiUomo 96

The suit and its volumes (2/2)

Paul Weller, The Sunday Times March 17, 2019: “It’s a transitional period. For a lot of men - any men that are vaguely conscious at all - they’ve had to reappraise themselves, and masculinity. [..] I think In the next five or 10 years, men will grow up differently. I hope so, anyway.” Quoting Mr.… Continue reading The suit and its volumes (2/2)

The suit and its volumes (1/2)

“There are some people whose entire existence is a study in aesthetics. A total life/art. Hide, the patron of cafestreamline in Tokyo’s Daikan-Yama district, is such an individual.” (Nick Clements on IG feed)