A couple of quotes taken from the introduction in??Hal Foster's 1996 The Return of the Real

Introduction
"For her playing of the piece conveyed not only specific concerns of minimalist work – the tensions among the spaces we feel, the images we see, and the forms we know – but also general shifts in art over the last three decades – new interventions into space, different constructions of viewing, and expanded definitions of art."

"For even as the avant-garde recedes into the past, it also returns from the future, repositioned by innovative art in the present."
“Reluctant to express himself in the media, Claude L??vi-Strauss has been careful not to make any comment on his reaching the age of one hundred. But in one of his very rare interviews, with Le Monde on the occasion of the Year of Brazil in France in 2005, he said ???We are in a world to which already I no longer belong. The world I knew, the world I loved, had 1.5 billion inhabitants. The world today has six billion humans. It is no longer mine???.

Claude L??vi-Strauss passed away… (November 3, 2009)
http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/france/culture-and-media/culture/literature/…

A few notes taken from last weekends FT Life & Arts: Only in America by Vanessa Friedman are quote below before I head off on a commentary on the development of the Web. Stick with me!

Contemporary aesthetic identity : Michael Kors "Paris stood for fantasy, Milan for luxury tailoring, London for quirkiness and New York for pragmatism."

"Is there such a thing as a national aesthetic anymore?"

"Blurring of old dress codes rules, the rise of the high street fashion, and the recession…helped create a new group of New York-based designers with a shared aesthetic."

Valerie Steele, New York's Fashion institute of Technology
"…designers had to figure out what their added value would be. ..first reaction was to make their clothes fancier – more Parisian…but then they realised: 1) during a recession, being experimental is not necessarily the right answer and 2) if you make your clothes better – better fabrics, construction, raise them to the level of luxury – that is the point of difference. You can't knock off incredible fabrics."

"It is also a response to the straitened [sic] economic times..created a groundswell of demand among the still-moneyed classes for more discrete, less public luxury: the sort of indulgent garment that speaks to the wearer bot not the watcher…"

Reed Krakoff"Clothes are no longer delineated. It's more a point of view, as opposed to a classification."

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Krakoff's comment is very interesting point on how society is breaking down old social structures, walking away as people become aware of self – their "point of view". At what age can this come about? Is it the establishment of the centred personality from age 21-28 by a new generation? The new ethos straddling the generations by dint of "natives" and "immigrants"?

If the www started in 1994 for the public then might we consider the first seven years the building of its network body? 2001-2008 the emotional connection after the calamity of the dotcom collapse. 2009-2016 the emergence of the ego consciousness of ourselves as users of the new connectedness.??

James P Carse Breakfast at the Victory??

Harper San Francisco 1994

"Losing the way is the way."

"..for she has come from the A&P, the Atlantic and the Pacific Tea Company, representative of the vast oceans that embrace us all, the beginning and the end, watery birth and watery death, like the serpent Ouroboros eternally consuming and giving birth to itself. The A&P is a supermarket, a higher exchange, an inexhaustible reservoir, a place so complete it can embrace its own contradictions: it is both abattoir and garden, sacrifice and harvest, death and life. In the mythic record providing and consuming food often overlap. ??What mother gives she can take away. The child is fed by the mother, literally eats the mother, but can also be eaten by the mother."

P175

Monocle 30 ??? Hotel notes February 2010

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Notes taken from Monocle 30 focussing on the hospitality trade

Scott D Berman ??p104

  • ?????????????????? several well orchestrated services
  • ?????????????????? travellers interest in originality is unabated

Alain de Botton p105

  • ?????????????????? A good hotel is an embodiment of the act of love
  • ?????????????????? Wholehearted care of another human being

Saul Taylor p111

  • ?????????????????? Cultural differentiation
  • ?????????????????? Different notions of what constitutes a good first impression

Folkloro Iwate Towa p112

  • Encourage guests to learn about sustainable farming
  • Experience farming and regional culture first hand

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What???s missing from the modern hotel?

  • ?????????????????? Earthiness
  • ?????????????????? Authenticity
  • ?????????????????? A sense of personality and a human feel
  • ?????????????????? Short term .v. long term appeal
  • ?????????????????? Service these days is too systemised and lacks personality
  • ?????????????????? Customised service for each individual is missing
  • ?????????????????? Soul
  • o?? A sense of humour ??? they become too serious- deliver what the expensive furniture promises

?????????????????? Hotel management schools

  • ?????????????????? The significance of its existence in society ??? often no sense of meaning or reason
  • ?????????????????? Social interaction with local people
  • ?????????????????? Personality

Interiors

  • ?????????????????? Smaller, simpler, always cosy
  • ?????????????????? Modernism soulless ??? simple
  • ?????????????????? Technology ??? comfort
  • ?????????????????? Less gimmicky ??? made to last
  • ?????????????????? Too much simple, pared down ??? need variation
  • ?????????????????? Contemporary but classic
  • ?????????????????? Cozy ??? Zen like minimalism
  • ?????????????????? Gorgeous out ??? essential in

What are you looking for in a hotel?

  • ?????????????????? A feeling that nothing bad can happen to you
  • ?????????????????? Seamlessness
  • ?????????????????? Location
  • ?????????????????? Design created from the point of the user
  • ?????????????????? Emotional values rather than gorgeousness or richness
  • ?????????????????? Signature smell
Russia Today just tweeted:

??@RT_com Censored by IKEA: #PussyRiot-style customer photo deleted from Russian website http://t.co/uogjJkB7??

Amusingly some Russians had hijacked a photo competition for a new cover of the IKEA catalogue with a picture of them in Pussy Riot balaclavas.??

IKEA's response:
"IKEA is a commercial organization that operates beyond politics and religion. We cannot allow our advertising project to be used as a means of propaganda of any kind."

How is it that a "commercial organization" can hide behind that banner and presume their activities are some how devoid of political and religious connotations? This is pure disingenuousness.??

The argument then goes further and beyond belief when they conclude that their "advertising project" [ oh it's a neutral activity – oh really? ] cannot be used as a means of propaganda. Come come what is advertising but an invidious form of propaganda.

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