Read, Watch, Listen #3
We are picking the most gripping books, films, music; everything that might trigger and inspire you to open the mind and broaden the horizon. Every fortnight you will be getting a new series of reviews and our editorial must-have recommendations.
Popcast hosted by Jon Caramanica, The New York Times
Pop music is not limited to the charts and clickbait headlines on gossip websites. Pop music is a part of culture that is meaningful not only because of the huge money that goes with it. It does not shape the collective imagination, but serves as its litmus paper – concentrates and reflects trends and habits, including aesthetic ones. Determines what the contemporary music market is like.
Popcast host Jon Caramanica, a music critic and author for The New York Times, understands it well. That is why he, as well as his guests, look at pop music from a broader cultural, market or technological perspective. How is TikTok changing the music industry? Will actual musicians be replaced by avatars in the post-COVID world? Can we talk about “pop stars” after Ariana Grande? Each hour-long podcast episode approaches its initial topic rather loosely, more as a pretext for broader, erudite talks about how the contemporary show business operates.
New Popcast episodes are published on average once a week and can be found on Spotify.
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Why Materials Matter by Seetal Solanki, Prestel Publishing
“The main problem today is not materialism, but the fact that we are not materialistic enough,” Seetal Solanki persuaded in February this year during Arena Design at MTP Poznań Expo. Solanki – the founder and director of Ma-tt-er, a research design studio based in London – understands materialism literally: as love for materials. Materials and materiality are always her main focus. The result of her research is the book Why Materials Matter.
The publication is an overview of projects and processes that can be the key to a radical change in thinking about the things around us. How ancient practices of dyeing fabric and making glue may contribute to the development of eco-friendly products? Can recycling plastics help solve the problem of the world hunger? How ephemeral experience of virtual worlds can be used to change the physical reality?
The book is a compendium of ideas, technologies and creative concepts which nowadays are perhaps more important than ever before.
Art or Business? Antiquarians’ Secrets by Dorota Żaglewska, PWN
Although in the current pandemic reality the world is changing very dynamically, the analysis of the Polish art and antiques market carried out by an expert from Poznań and published two years ago has remained very up-to-date in its fundamental dimension. Dorota Żaglewska defended her PhD thesis on the Polish art market at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. In addition, for many years she had watched the mechanisms of galleries and auctions from the inside, for instance as an employee at the Artykwariat gallery, which allowed her to combine the perspectives of a researcher and a practitioner in her work. The axis of her research was Pierre Bourdieu’s concept of cultural capital – because purely economic rationales proved not enough to fully describe the phenomenon of our still immature market. In the series of interviews with art dealers and collectors the author exposes absurdities, deconstructs myths revolving around the art collecting phenomenon, but also warns against the risks and unfair practices of market players. Art or Business? is a publication interesting to both experienced collectors and those taking their first steps into the art market.