A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to initiate an inspiring series of q&a on style and fashion with Susanne Barta. Find here the link to the transcript of the first series (german only). Conversations about style and fashion
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
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
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”
“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)
There’s no headline to this short text. There’s a set of photographs instead. They aren’t completely unrelated to the text that follows, but for this platform they’re inevitably necessary. The images play a central role to the reader, to you, insofar as they maneuver attention and prepare for the extended literary narrative coming… Continue reading There’s no headline to this short text.