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Jonathan Stockholmer, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Mari Sammelten & Max Richter.
HOW TO MAKE A FACE. INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE.
Paul B. Preciado
Not everyone has a face. There are those who are born and die without being able to build one. And there are those who have a face imposed on them that they must wear on their face like a rigid and normative mask that they cannot get rid of. There are those of us who are born with marked, broken, disfigured faces. As Frantz Fanon taught us...
THE BEGINNING OF
"WE CAN BE HEROES. UNA CELEBRACIÓN DE LA CULTURA LGTBQ+"
ROBERTA MARRERO. LUNWERG 2018.
Marthin Luther King III
#OTD in history, the first of the 1961 Freedom Rides kicked off.
The Freedom Riders endured gruesome videolencs but stood strong in their commitment to nonviolence. The late great John Lewis and so many others put their lives on the line for justice. I' am so grateful for that.
FROM EARTH TO THE SKY & BACK AGAIN LIKE A STAR
Today we have breakfast in New York and we are going to dress in high fashion to go to the two-part exhibition “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” & “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Met. There, among works of universal art and celebrities, from the earthly and mortal to the divine, we will discover the way to the stars to become gods on earth: to be true icons.
AN ICON CAN BE:
. A cultural icon is a character or object that has importance for a society or community.
. A religious icon is a painted image of the Orthodox Catholic religion and are typical of Eastern Europe.
. A graphic icon is a graphical simplification of an action, application or object and are often used in technological, computer environments or where instructions are needed (For example in the indications of a shopping mall or in a hospital).
In the past it was believed that photography stole your soul, now we know it's true. Once your face enters in general culture there is a point of no return, it no longer belongs to you, it belongs to that society. And lately that society does nothing but produce and sell objects. Just ask, figuratively, Che Guevara. Last week while I was publishing the latest Living about pop culture and luxury I heard on the radio Lucy Sante - Underground Portrait (Libros del K.O., 2022) - in "A vivir" (What a coincidence, the program is called in Spanish as the Living For Breakfast) explaining the fear she feels when she sees how the internet is less and less free and how the old revolutionaries are reduced to a t-shirt. LINK (In Spanish)
Mark Larson of the Christian Examiner labeled "iconic" as an overused word, finding over 18,000 uses of "iconic" in news stories alone, with another 30,000 for "icon". - WIKIPEDIA
The Egyptians themselves built a civilization around the iconic of pharaohs and gods. Here, next to a religious icon, we see several icons representing the cocktail, the moustache and actions you can do in a shopping mall at Christmas. An important part of an icon, of any kind, is the summary it makes in an image. It doesn't matter what we see but all the information that is contained in its own existence. Also the reading of it will depend on the previous cultural knowledge that the reader has.
The meanings of the word Icon enclose symbolism, reference, usage and worship. This is why it is easy to think that we refer to this word when we talk about people who represent personal icons. A certain degree of veneration is not lost on us as part of the representation of an idea or ideology.
Here we see how the portrait is an important representation for the creation of an icon, replacing the real person in our collective imagination. The center portrait below is a Roman stele. The Romans placed realistic portraits next to the deceased so that their faces would be remembered. The same function as the photos and portraits above.
Cinema and photography were very important in the 20th century for the creation of these icons, both for their realistic representation and for their mass diffusion.
Marilyn was an actress of the golden age of Hollywood in the 50s of the twentieth century and remains to this day one of the greatest icons of our Western culture. Her style of personal aesthetics as well as her way of acting, moving, speaking and singing continues to be studied and copied by the entertainment, art and fashion industries.
Here we see some celebrities with looks and interpretations that pay tribute to Marilyn Monroe.
Marilyn Monroe in an everyday scene where she seems out of sensual and reified character. Here bellow is a photo shoot with the legendary Richard Avedon where Marilyn plays other mythical actresses who preceded her. In some pictures she looks unrecognizable.
Last week LINK we already talked about the Christie's auctions of this Andy Warhol's Marilyn, which this week has been confirmed as the most expensive 20th century artwork ever sold.
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MAKE YOUR FACE A POP CULTURE MYTH
A gift made with lots of love for someone you love - that can be yourself -.
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MEET ME AT THE MET
Every year the Met Museum in New York becomes the fashion capital of the world by inaugurating its annual fashion exhibition with a fundraising benefit gala to which the fashion icon stars of the moment are invited. They wear dresses and suits from the world's leading fashion houses and their designs and outfits follow the theme of that year's exhibition. The red carpet becomes a media show where the stars compete to attract attention and become one of the most prominent models.
This year the theme is American fashion and it is the opening of the two-part exhibition "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion" & "In America: An Anthology of Fashion". In this editorial we transform the red carpet photos into T-shirts that will be photographed in the same rooms of the museum where these celebrities have walked. Every year Vogue presents these stars in short videos that become small masterpieces of fashion film. Among the images of the editorial you can see some of this year's videos.
A DATE WITH THE CLASS
This evening the theme has a historical feel to it and it is well represented in all the tailoring work we see on the carpet, worn by both men and women. The inspiration is the Vitoria period: we see revived tailcoats and top hats. We also find masculine haute couture and dark night velvet tuxedos. If you need inspiration for your gala closet this year the key word is black, the extravagant word is cape and the daring word is skirt.
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