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”

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)

There’s no headline to this short text.

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.