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The Week In Context: FEBRUARY 11TH, 2017

MUST READS OF THE WEEK

BLACK BY DESIGN

To coincide with the opening of a new exhibition at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, Surface magazine considers the representation of black fashion designers in this interview with three designers. Excellent questions provide provocative discussion around diversity and the ceilings for black designers.

REALITY IN THE BALANCE

Jeremy Till
Places Journal
In an upcoming review of a book I wrote for Review 31 I look at the relationship between architecture and photography and how reality is often eschewed by architects in the representation of their buildings. This article, more radically, explores a similar topic: the post-political turn of the industry.

 

WHAT SHOULD ADVERTISING DO TO IMPROVE SOCIETY'S ATTITUDE TOWARDS AGE?

A smart and important topic is published to coincide with Creative Review’s “The Age” issue, and also Design Museum’s “New Old” exhibition. They challenge ad agencies to look at ageing as an attractive quality rather than the typical focus on the preeminence of youth. Super idea.

 

YOU DON'T KNOW HANNAH ARENDT

Discover – Something by a publisher new to Cureditor this week
Emmett Rensin
The Outline

“The intelligentsia doesn’t just feel that Donald Trump’s supporters are irredeemable brownshirts — they’ve got Arendt’s dense prose to prove it.” In an interesting opinion piece that questions the power and the longevity of the resistance that currently resides in liberal circles.

HOT TOPIC

JUDGING COVERS

One of the most interesting talking points of the week was the many liberal magazines’ reactions to Donald Trump's first few weeks in office, and the cover illustrations they have ran to depict them. Offensive to some and an important part of the ‘resistance’ to others, these covers have been discussed by the Left and Right from their gratuity to their subversion. The latter is brilliantly discussed by Jörg Colberg in his piece for Hyperallergic. Elsewhere, we take a look at another few relevant features that examine our relationships with the cover, at least in the sense of facades and face values.

THE NEED RIGHT NOW FOR SUBVERSIVE PHOTOGRAPHY

“The covers of mainstream American magazines are not where you will find subversive photography.” In response to Jewish magazine, The Forward, which labelled the photo of President Trump on the cover of TIME as “subversive”, Conscientious Photography Magazine founder Jörg Colberg shows us where subversion really is.

MAGAZINE OF THE WEEK: THE NEW YORKER

"There’s a kind of arms race going on among publishers testing how far they can go on the subject." MagCulture's Jeremy Leslie discusses the impact of these images, and the gratuity of some. In particular he explores how social media and the need to "pop" in our eye lines trigger their existence.

FACE VALUE

Rhodri Marsden
Long + Short
A really interesting look at how our prejudices affect our everyday interactions with people. In particular how we criminalise people with our judgements about the way they look, and how attraction informs how we judge people's ability at various unrelated tasks. Did the criminal look like a criminal because of the experience of being one, or did he become a criminal because of the way he looks?
 

FAILED BODIES, FAILED SUBJECTS?

Dr Victoria Pitts-Taylor
Vestoj

"The explosion of cosmetic surgery is a symptom of catastrophic structural failures." Even a short study of facades and judging something by its appearance would not be complete without a look at how we ourselves feel the obligatory need to adhere to an accepted form. This article looks at the psyche behind that and finds little wrong with us, despite our desperate attempts.

FEATURE OF THE WEEK

 

CURIO.IO – GUEST PICKS

Last week, the guys at Curio.io invited me to make a selection from their growing stack of great audio. If you haven't come across Curio before, check it out. It's an excellent app that allows you to listen to articles from top publishers, expertly read aloud.

MOST POPULAR

A few of the most popular recommendations on Cureditor this week.

FROM RIHANNA TO PORTLANDIA: CAN CULTURE RUIN A CITY'S REPUTATION?

“Culture responds to reality, but then as reality shifts and changes occur, the places anchored to these cultural images want to shake them off.” Guardian editor, Francesca Perry at her excellent site Thinking City explores how culture can distill a negative image of a place, despite its ability to change.


 

THE NEED RIGHT NOW FOR SUBVERSIVE PHOTOGRAPHY

“The covers of mainstream American magazines are not where you will find subversive photography.” In response to Jewish magazine, The Forward, which labelled the photo of President Trump on the cover of TIME as “subversive”, Conscientious Photography Magazine founder Jörg Colberg shows us where subversion really is.


 

T2 TRAINSPOTTING: NOSTALGIA TRIP

Nostalgia is an inevitable element of a sequel, especially one that is made 20 years after its original. Here, Clothes on Film take a look at how the wardrobe represented that nostalgia and harmony between the two films. “Spud is Tyler Durden, if Tyler Durden was a smackhead from Leith.”

THE ENDURING WISDOM– AND SUBVERSION– OF BATHROOM GRAFFITI

“There is something strangely liberating about engaging with text in a medium free of constraints.” A nicely put together piece on the freedom of speech that is bathroom graffiti. The author breaks down regular themes and highlights a trans perspective.

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