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Pretty things

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The degree shows for the University of Arts London have started. Yesterday I was lucky to attend the Central St Martin’s presentations of their fashion, photography and fine arts departments. After waiting for a spot in a long line of London fahionistas and art critics, I finally got in and was taken aback with how much better it was than what I had expected.

My favorite was probably the fine arts section with interesting installations ranging from a wooden supercomplex structure hanging from the ceiling to a room that allowed your eyes to see things only if you allowed enough time to get your eyes used to the darkness. Really great stuff. The image at the beginning is by one of the show’s gems, Luca Damiani, who works at the intersection of arts, design and psychology. For a while from now, London will be swelling with little explosions of young talent shows. Keep an eye out, these things really are worth seeing.

Messengers united

For close to 2 years now I’ve been in falling in and out of love with several bicycles and progressively choosing those that allow better speeding on the road. The culture of messengers has intrigued me for a long while now for several reasons ranging from their traffic-dodgery, fashion, outsider status and underground squatting/raving/dreads-wearing underground community. Their trends have influenced the entire cycling community in London and particularly East London, which is now crawling with single speed fixed gear bikes.

Want to know more about them? Today I stumbled upon a paper about the bike messenger culture by a professor of sociology at University of Brighton, Ben Fincham. (Thanks again, Asi!)

The conceptual separation of ‘work’ and ‘life’, as distinct elements of social activity, has become established as shorthand for the social and psychological dislocation felt by being at work and not being at work.There is a literature on the work/life balance driven by governmental rhetoric, based on the idea of flexible working.This article suggests that distinctions between ‘work’ and ‘life’, implying a dichotomy in adult life, are overstated. Using material from a study of bicycle messengers this article presents a rich account of a group of workers for whom the binary distinction between work and life is meaningless.The account of this world of work is more closely aligned with those of the jazz musicians described by Becker or the boxers of Weinberg and Arond, where the occupation, identity and culture are not confined to hours of work

Although academic, the paper is highly readable and entertaining. Fincham takes the reader through the cultural backround, fashion and events surrounding the messenger phenomenon. If you’d like me to send it  to you, feel free to email me or leave a comment below.

Keep on riding.

Nanushka

I can’t say I’m the greatest fashion follower, but I’m still capable of love when it comes to clothes. I have my parameters and usually follow them, but sometimes it’s just like springtime love – you see it, you take it. So far the only designer that has kept me on board of loving followers is Nanushka, a young fashion designer whose work I discovered when I lived in Budapest.

Nanushka’s style combines elements of the modern urban edge, comfort, playfulness, and the simplicity some of the current fashion trends beg for. Nanushka herself is a young beautiful woman who came out of the London College of Fashion and started her own line of clothing design in Budapest. She now supplies her creations to shops in Madrid, London, Tokyo, and some cities in the US. Take caution, you may fall in love.