From the TAH VOL.1 Archive – ‘The Reappearance of the Rose’: Instagram and The Aesthetic of Jean Cocteau

When Pierre Chanel wrote in Jean Cocteau and the French Scene that Cocteau’s style, with its ‘deceptive, free, quick, airy grace… [was] so inimitable that he has had no followers’[1], he unwittingly proves the outmodedness of the book to a contemporary reader. For now more than ever, perhaps, one is likely to encounter glimpses of this quick, airy grace, and far more likely to do so while scrolling through Instagram than strolling through a gallery. SAM LOVE looks at the instagram legacy of Jean Cocteau for TAH VOL.1

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From the TAH VOL.1 Archive – Boybands and Ephebe

Depictions of the ephebe, a youth caught in the transition from puberty to Greek civic manhood, dominated images of Greek culture and desire throughout the periods now known as the Archaic and Classical and remain the defining images of Greek art in Western understanding. In Ancient Greece, youth and beauty were key elements in the value of kalokagathia – that to look good was literally to be good. Obvious parallels to this can be found in contemporary celebrity culture – the worshiping of figures based on a cultivated outward image of wholesomeness and beauty. This dynamic is crystallised in those most modern ephebes; boybands. CLAIRE HESELTINE for TAH VOL.1

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From the TAH VOL.1 Archive – Reflecting: The Mainstream British Media’s Marginalisation of Grime

Grime. A genre typified by propulsive electronic production played at a tempo of roughly 140 beats per minute, aggressively delivered rapped vocals (very often in the form of repeated refrains) and an aesthetic that perfectly embodies the black British youth off the past 15 years or so. Since its inception, it has had a strained relationship with the mainstream media. It has been portrayed as nothing more than musical barbarism and has been excluded from the likes of award ceremonies, talk shows and musical magazines. Lamar Ita interviews photographer Vicki Grout, Radio Host Scully, and Producer and DJ Luke Warm.

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