H Hour Curfew Time November 2020

The Fountain in the Village: While investigating the state of publicly accessible water we found ourselves rediscovering the beauty of fountains. It’s July and August. Summer in the northern hemisphere. Cities become hot and for some of us unlivable. The streets seem to swap their inhabitants for the occasional crowd of urban expeditioneers searching for… Continue reading H Hour Curfew Time November 2020

H Hour Florence Time

It’s January, the second week of the year. At approximately 06:12 the high-speed  train sets out from the medieval town in the northern part of Italy to reach Florence. The biannual pilgrimage to the places, where the heart of Italianism in language and culture beat the most, is a ritual for a rather differing crowd:… Continue reading H Hour Florence Time

Rite of passage

  It’s almost done. This New Year’s Eve we’ll be reminded, that a century ago this same leap introduced a new era, a new vision and new opportunities for those who survived the Great War. The photographs, the movies and documentaries of everyday life from the 1920is, that resonate with us and evoke atmospheres of gothic… Continue reading Rite of passage

Connecting the dots: dismantled but not dismembered

We’re all saints and sinners. We were born saints, but inevitably become sinners throughout life. If you surfed the tide near San Onofre State Beach or San Juan Capistrano back in 2010 you surely attended the ministry at The Hotrod Church for Sinners. Brian Bent, then Initiator and Pastor of this congregation, is the inspiring… Continue reading Connecting the dots: dismantled but not dismembered

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