'Making a scene' [Review] Thomas Crow (2020) The Hidden Mod in Modern Art: London: 1957–1969 – Searching for the Young Soul Rebels. Lisa Tickner (2020) London’s New Scene: Art and Culture in the 1960s

Highmore, Ben (2021) 'Making a scene' [Review] Thomas Crow (2020) The Hidden Mod in Modern Art: London: 1957–1969 – Searching for the Young Soul Rebels. Lisa Tickner (2020) London’s New Scene: Art and Culture in the 1960s. Oxford Art Journal, 44 (1). pp. 164-169. ISSN 0142-6540

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Abstract

What makes ‘a scene’? Is it a collective attitude, a distinctive argot (‘you dig it?’), a shared look, a common drug-of-choice? Or is it a physical space? A place to congregate and just to ‘be’? It is hard to imagine the New York punk and New Wave scene of the late 1970s without CBGBs in the Bowery, or to imagine the New York disco scene without Studio 54. But while a specific venue might feel like the centre of a scene, it soon becomes apparent that one site quickly connects to other places and practices: to rehearsal rooms and recording studios, to record shops and cafés, to apartments and boutiques, to lofts and bars. It would be difficult to say where the hard infrastructure of sticky floors and speaker systems ends, and the seemingly immaterial world of feelings and attitudes begin. To see them as interlaced and mutually constituting would seem like an obvious theoretical starting point: the practice of interlacing them, though, is a bit more of a challenge.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies
Subjects: A General Works
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR > N5300 History > N6350 Modern art
Depositing User: Ben Highmore
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2022 11:40
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2022 12:15
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/104171

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