cultural-fragmentation

[S]omehow in culture, “lowest common denominator” has become a way to describe not what’s unifying but what’s worst, as if we all come together where we are awful and stupid. In fact, when we do all come together in large numbers, it’s usually not where we are awful and stupid, particularly not because we are awful and stupid.
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This NPR story by Linda Holmes about coastal snobbery and “the masses” appeals to me not just because the vilification of roughly half the country by the other half is both A) a bad thing and B) a two-way street that each half pretends is one-sided, but because I always thought the best things about our culture were the things we mostly agreed upon.

I will probably end up just repeating what Linda Holmes said in her very smart piece if I type for too long, but to make it clear: The things in America that everyone likes are not Honey Boo Boo and Taylor Swift and whatever-else thing you think is destroying our culture. Those things are actually deeply contentious. Stuff that everybody likes? Prince. Star Wars. Pizza. “Call Me Maybe.” Lost, in its early seasons. Willie Nelson, if you live in Texas. Stuff that is good, in other words. 

The zeitgeist is usually about stuff that is pretty good, but not terribly idiosyncratic. It’s the height of arrogance to argue that things that very specifically appeal to our particular idiosyncrasies are actually the best stuff, and that people who don’t share them are foolish. You love those things more because they speak to a part of you that other people don’t seem to have. That’s the only real difference between what you love and what everybody loves.

Repetition, Adorno and 71 Fragments Of A Chronology Of Chance (Haneke).

Repetition, Adorno and 71 Fragments Of A Chronology Of Chance (Haneke).

Much has been written about the stark comparisons between the cinema of Michael Haneke and the culture theories of the Frankfurt School of philosophy.  In the 2010 book, A Companion To Michael Haneke, Roy Grundmann devotes a whole essay in the volume to Theodor Adorno and the “aesthetic fragmentation” of several of Haneke’s films whilst various articles and essays spend time drawing comparisons…

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Also known as fractured culture, it describes the ways that American culture has become split up into so very many specific pieces that a group that consumes one type of culture can be completely unaware of what is consumed by another.
—  – My friend Rana Emerson has a post on cultural fragmentation and Dollhouse up on PopMatters.com. It really is remarkable that pretty much everyone I know loves 30 Rock and Mad Men and Community and Friday Night Lights, and if you combine that with a look at the entertainment press that we read, like The A.V. Club or Vulture or whatever, you really would assume that these are the most important and popular shows there are. So it’s always weird to be reminded that more people actually watch Big Bang Theory, a show I am only dimly aware of, than all of those other shows that are super culturally relevant to people I interact with combined.
Colorful Ladies Kurtis For Summers 2015

One of the fashion fundamental of the young college, university girls, working ladies and further women are the modern outward appearance of the traditional shirt is called the ‘kurti’. The kurtis are the up to date and easier edition of the old style of kameez which was corresponding with a dupatta and a salwar. The kurtis are in distinguish to the salwar kameez suit and more suitable and relaxed to wear. Former these were now appropriate for wearing like a casual outfit although with the participation of the fashion world in the fragment of cultural wear in Asians women the kurtis have become modish and now these can be dressed in still several of the most exceptional events together with commitment and wedding function celebrations.

In Asia, Indian and Pakistani Kurti observes all the seasons summers, winters, spring and autumn, monsoons. All season are remarkable not including the summers and delayed monsoons while the tremendous hot and sticky distinctive weather conditions formulate travelling and livelihood very hard. In view of the fact that, these seasons frequently demonstrate their tremendous elevation cotton & lawn fabrics are incredibly commonly used and piece of clothing prepared in cotton & lawn are carry throughout these season. For the women, the kurtis have put an entire innovative file of alternatives for wearing in the warm and wet seasons. The kurtis nowadays accepted as the mainly required clothes of Asian women during these dramatic seasons.

Here are lots of designs and outlines of cotton lawn kurtis accessible in the marketplace and the superlative thing regarding the cotton lawn kurtis is that they are avail in reasonable prices, in reality this imperative is appropriate to all kinds of kurtis, and they are contemptible in price as compared to the further cultural dresses. Therefore, the kurtis completed through cotton and cotton lawn stuff are extremely in require list throughout these seasons in Pakistan and India even though if you go away for shopping from market you will ending up purchasing several familiar designs which are existing in diverse shops in a fastidious market.

In this season designers business on peak and they are working in competition in the fashion industry of clothing. They know women want something exceptional and fascinating for this season to maintain their looks as cool and charming lady. So all the designers try their best and launch their elegant collections of kurtis in printed and embroidered form for casual, working environment and for formal wears. Kurtis are designed in latest modish trends and having different lengths or styles. Girls mostly paired kurties with tights and pajamas which are in long length. And kurtis/tunics in short length wear among the plazzoo or trousers and patiyala shalwars. Western fashion girls are paired kurtis with jeans to make their look sexy and stylish. You can find and obtain easily designer kurtis in different styles and colors easily at your home by browsing on internet. Different online clothing stores and designers own websites are presenting latest collections in reasonable price with high quality features. Cotton lawn kurtis are especially comfy for summer and monsoon season, while cotton is a skin-loving stuff and it save the skin from pollutions and harms caused from sweat. You can purchase diverse sort of kurtis for casual or formal wears from online clothing stores with different discount offers in flat shipping rates. Must visit and obtain your desiring attire for you summers wardrobe.

Kalopsia directors have a sole show coming up in Norwich! Details below;

Konstrukt

An exhibition by Nina Falk and Adam Robertson

29th May – 22nd June

Monday-Friday 1-5pm, Saturday 10am-6pm

Closed Friday 19th and Saturday 20th June

According to the constructivist learning theory, the individual is taught through fragments of information and thought that create their own body of knowledge.

“A constructivist does not question the reality of existence, but is more interested in its perception. In addition, the constructivist reality is perceived differently by everyone.”

In the exhibition ‘Konstrukt’ we have created a series of work where cultural fragments are fused to create narratives that challenge our collective assumptions and aspirations which offers alternative realities and uninhibited probabilities. This will later come to question the idea of how representation dwells in reality. Everything that exists is based on something else. Meaning can never be mastered. No critical statement can be seen as final. No word or image stands on its own.

Some forms in these works  are recognisable, clearly began with a photograph or such, that became distorted under many transformations. We manipulate reality and information using a range of different materials and techniques to discover the different emotional effects of colour and form to subtly weaving complex artistic references through our work.