Almanac of Contemporary Aesthetics

ITALIAN HARDCORE

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The rebellious answer to Italy’s “restored order,” which aligned itself to the Reagan-Thatcher axis, the Italian hardcore-punk movement erupted through the 1980s and ’90s was a new musical counterculture—at once antisocial and collective, romantic, and nihilistic. Cluttered like memories, these collages of concert flyers, DIY zines and miscellanea provide a glimpse into that era of mass disillusionment.

NATGEO

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NOTES ON SELF ERASURE

NOTES ON SELF ERASURE

Founded in 1888 by an elite group of American explorers and cartographers, National Geographic is one of the most enduring and widely read magazines of all time. Today, browsing the catalogue of this institution of environmental photojournalism, which promised the awe and mystery of a wider world of uncorrupted nature, doesn’t come without complications—uncovering layers of colonial thinking and greenwashing tactics.

Founded in 1888 by an elite group of American explorers and cartographers, National Geographic is one of the most enduring and widely read magazines of all time. Today, browsing the catalogue of this institution of environmental photojournalism, which promised the awe and mystery of a wider world of uncorrupted nature, doesn’t come without complications—uncovering layers of colonial thinking and greenwashing tactics.

ABSTRACT

RANDOM ACCESS MEMORY

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In the art market, 2021 was the year of the NFT, or non-fungible token—revamping a conversation on digital preservation, and how to afford digital artworks material longevity. As more of life is translated into a virtual realm, perhaps the definition of archive as “the accumulation of historical records, or the places in which they are located” needs rethinking. How will digital knowledge be preserved for continuity? Can we think of TikTok and PornHub as archives? What happens if the data bank is lost? Are we, as a civilization, losing our long-term memory?

TOKYO SCANTHROPOLOGY 1991–1999

A catalyst for cultural exchange and consumer trends, the Harajuku district of Shibuya is home to the world’s most vibrant and adventurous street style scene. During the ‘90s, magazine like FRUiTS, Cutie, and Kerouac played a unique role in supporting the rapidly developing niche styles from this corner of Tokyo, capturing a “perfect storm” of European influences and Japanese experimentation.

TOKYO SCANTHROPOLOGY 1991–1999

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TOKYO SCANTHROPOLOGY 1991–1999

A catalyst for cultural exchange and consumer trends, the Harajuku district of Shibuya is home to the world’s most vibrant and adventurous street style scene. During the ‘90s, magazine like FRUiTS, Cutie, and Kerouac played a unique role in supporting the rapidly developing niche styles from this corner of Tokyo, capturing a “perfect storm” of European influences and Japanese experimentation.

ARCHIVE IN FLUX

Even if it’s impossible to separate archiving from power and control, millions of people are building their own folk archives in that volatile space that is the internet. In her work, Moroccan artist Meriem Bennani draws from this well, and especially YouTube videos, to build an alternative syntax, calling into question the oral tradition, taxonomies of art history, and the diasporic condition.

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ARCHIVE IN FLUX

Even if it’s impossible to separate archiving from power and control, millions of people are building their own folk archives in that volatile space that is the internet. In her work, Moroccan artist Meriem Bennani draws from this well, and especially YouTube videos, to build an alternative syntax, calling into question the oral tradition, taxonomies of art history, and the diasporic condition.

RHYTHMRUNSDEEP

First as a DJ aka The Wizard, then as the co-founder of techno collective Underground Resistance, and finally as a solo composer and artist, over four decades Jeff Mills has positioned himself as a legend and a “living archive” of Detroit’s musical lineage. As a new generation attempts to reorganize the history of dance music and “make techno black again,” we pick his brain on the balancing act between legacy and innovation.

JEFF MILLS BOTTEGA VENETA SPECIAL

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RHYTHMRUNSDEEP

First as a DJ aka The Wizard, then as the co-founder of techno collective Underground Resistance, and finally as a solo composer and artist, over four decades Jeff Mills has positioned himself as a legend and a “living archive” of Detroit’s musical lineage. As a new generation attempts to reorganize the history of dance music and “make techno black again,” we pick his brain on the balancing act between legacy and innovation.

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