On the importance of vintage playboy magazines for a cultivated perception of the nude

The variety of words to describe the act of seeing is an indicator for the importance of this activity in our daily life. Watching, seeing, observing, scrutinizing, sensing, pondering, looking or even hearing, for all these activities our eyes are responsible. With the advent of photography this sense though underwent a radical change. With the… Continue reading On the importance of vintage playboy magazines for a cultivated perception of the nude

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 Curfew Time June 2020

The meaning of style in La Dolce Vita and the Triumph TR3A “Marcello, come here. Hurry up!” “Si, Sylvia, vengo anch’io. Vengo anch’io.” In these early morning hours of a rather cold March in 1959 the baroque beauty of the Fontana di Trevi is about to become conquered by Anita Ekbergs exuberant Blonde in her… Continue reading H Hour Curfew Time June 2020

H Hour Curfew Time March 2020

On the importance of graphic novels in coping with the imminent now As dystopian as the present may appear, it’s not something new, unprecedented, never seen before. For most of us the terminology used to describe the state we’re actually in, curfew, lockdown, shutdown et al. wasn’t part of an imaginable now. Some may recall… Continue reading H Hour Curfew Time March 2020

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

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”