Dazed have always been on top of their game. Their online hub is constantly evolving, satisfying the need of the impatient reader and presenting fantastic content in the same time. I’d use the word underground here if it wasn’t so dirty and meaningless.
The new Dazed is just the bomb. First of all it’s going seasonal just like every good magazine out there, only with 6 issues yearly rather than 2 or 4. Which is pretty awesome. It has double the content, but (hopefully) this means double the reading and enrichment, rather the double the visual entertaining via 15 more editorials with similar clothes and faces. It still has plenty of photo material, just not of fur coats and stilettos, but a whole art section, curated by a different artist every issue and exhibiting original work. It’s sort of a printed Dazed Visionaire. There are also have some kick ass interviews, music, fashion and a double cover with smoking-hot Scarlett J. Love it!
Out this week. Now just gotta figure out who’s gonna bring me an issue.
Mount Kimbie performing one of the best songs from their latest album on top of a London rooftop and plus three black kids blasting some heavy metal on a Brooklyn street. I mean it. Both videos are a part of Dazed and All Saints’ recent collaboration New Music Cities. With NYC and London featured so far, I’m not exactly convinced how ‘new’ those cities are, but oh well. Next one might be Sofia, who knows.. Ha!
Either way the new ‘Visionaire’ direction of Dazed and Confused is daringly enjoyable. Sadly, text seems to be dying and if all we people wanna do is watch, at least we have some good alternatives to it. Just look at the cinema this year!
See more New Music Cities here and especially more Visionaires here. The James Franco series are something!
What is art..?
Okay, okay, not so cheesy. Let’s try again.
What is a museum? Why do we go to a museum? What do we like to see there? What are our expectations? Should we have any expectations at all?
Victoria and Albert, one of the fastest progressing, but deeply classic museums in the UK has acquired Katy Perry’s false eyelashes, a pair of Primark jeans and a 3D printed gun for their collections. While the latter is quite explainable (and horrifying!) to me, the first two are something between ‘I don’t get it’ and ‘Jesus fuckung Crist, why?!’
Now. I admit, I do shop in Primark. It is quite shameful, but it’s one of our favourite things to do when I go visit a good girlfriend in London. What can I do, spending lunch money on clothing is just heavily tempting.
The eyelashes on the other hand, I don’t understand. Probably because mine are pretty amazing as they are. I find this as one of the most annoying habits of (mostly British) girls. Irrelevant to that, they are a small marketing revolution in Pop, judging by the controversial success of Perry’s ‘handmade, 100% natural’ product. Read Dezeen’s interesting view on contemporary consumerism and the human cost of it here.
Back to V&A. The objects are a part of the museum’s brand new strategy for rapid response curating. What does this mean? It means recognising object that have crucial role in our everyday life and ‘saving’ them before they completely disappear in the ridiculously-fast-progressing contemporary market.
“The kinds of things that you wouldn’t find if you tried to collect in two years time. They would have gone because the city changes so fast’, says one of V&A’s senior curators.
So save your $10 jeans, I guess. You might own a museum exponent in a few years time.
PS: This little piggy got published on the super cool Under the line dot net.