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Teenage is based on punk author Jon Savage’s groundbreaking novel of the same name chronicling through first-hand accounts the origin of “teenagers”. Using excerpts from the diaries of real teens from the early 20th century as both inspiration and narrative, the film reveals the struggle between adults and adolescents to define youth.
“From party-crazed Flappers and hipster Swing Kids to brainwashed Nazi Youth and frenzied Sub-Deb”, Teenage examines the formation of youth culture and the influence wartime-born American teenagers had on the model and ideal of youth that still exists today.
Jon Savage’s unique entry point to this material was through his experience with the London punk rock scene. As a young journalist in the 1970s, he saw young punks buying thrift clothes from the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. He saw them using safety pins to reassemble relics from previous youth cultures into something startlingly new. He termed this impulse “living collage”.
Through collecting these vibrant stories and imagery of historic teenagers, and examining the earliest roots of youth culture, Teenage reveals some of what we can learn about our youth-obsessed society today.
(via Teenage Film)
[image via Getty Images]
23-year-old Suleika Jaouad’s story starts off at an exciting, significant moment in her life: graduation from Princeton, first job offer, and a one way ticket to Paris. A dream come true and a huge milestone in the lives of most young people.
While Suleika was in Europe, something happens. She starts to feel ill and after numerous visits to doctors, they struggle to diagnose her. Seven months later, she returns to her childhood home in New York – wheelchair bound and too weak to walk. A week following her return, her worst fears are confirmed. She is diagnosed with leukemia.
Youth and good health are often things that are thought of synonymously. How does a young person cope with such a sudden, seemingly illogical and dissonant reality?
“In these many months of sitting in bed I’ve discovered that I really love to write. But before I got sick, I never felt brave enough to put myself out there,” says Suleika in this New York Times video, Life Interrupted: A Video Portrait of Young Adulthood. “So I started a blog and all the thoughts I’d been having for the past year and all of these experiences came flooding out.”
Suleika’s story is compelling, and she’s decided to share her journey as a writer in the Health and Wellness section for the New York Times. Her strength and her personality shine through in her writing and video logs. She’s extremely candid with her feelings of fear, hope, and happiness.
Living with a life-threatening disease can make you feel like a second-class citizen in the land of time. Disease infects not only your body but your relationship to the past, present and future. Thinking about the past used to stir nostalgia, but now it mostly magnifies all that is no longer. When mortality hangs in the balance, daydreaming about the future, one of life’s most delicious activities when you are young, can be a frightening exercise.
Suleika does not believe cancer is a gift, but she has learned a tremendous amount through her experience. Her priorities and future goals are different, her view of the world has changed, and the way she feels about herself – both mentally and physically – has grown tougher and stronger.
Suleika’s story is inspiring. Her strength, honesty, and openness has a truly gripping effect – just read the comments.
Rafaël Rozendaal is a 31-year-old artist that uses the internet as his playground.
Rozendaal creates digital art and sells the buyer the exclusive rights to the piece – the custom domain name.
The internet is not only Rozendaal’s canvas, but also his gallery. His various domains attract an online audience of over 15 million visits per year.
Rozendaal’s art is offbeat, humorous, and raises the interesting question of how the definition of art (and its ownership and patronage) is changing in the new digital age.
Check out a few of his pieces here:
He also has a Twitter account of everything he eats.
[image via Hedi Slimane]
Arguably the most influential fashion designer of the 21st century, Hedi Slimane left his position as the artistic director at Dior Homme five years ago to reinvent himself as a photographer.
Slimane’s black and white portraits capture striking, intimate moments of some of the most famous faces in contemporary culture. Jeffrey Deitch, the head of the Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art, said of Slimane, “I’ve always, from the beginning, thought that he was one of the most original artistic voices of his generation.”
via New York Times:
His photo work often portrays musicians at the fringes of fame or notoriety: up-and-coming artists whose bona fides lie primarily in the independent music scene. Others, perhaps, achieved widespread renown (or infamy), like Amy Winehouse or Pete Doherty, but seemed somehow to remain at the frayed, tragic edges of rock culture.
Slimane captures what seems like quiet moments. However, these moments create a powerful effect and exude the rock and roll spirit of this generation.
Check out more of Hedi Slimane’s work here >
I Am Not A Hipster is writer and director Destin Daniel Cretton‘s reflection on the San Diego indie scene through the eyes of a young musician, Brooke, desperately trying to cope with his mother’s passing.
“People usually assume that a hipster is really pretentious about art and clothes and creativity, but that’s not the people that I know in the indie music and art scene,” Cretton continued. “They’re honestly some of the most genuine, childlike, creative people that I’ve ever met.”
Ion Cinema sums up the film pretty perfectly:
The film stands upon Bogart’s (Brooke) incredibly invidious, but commanding performance, and the on screen realization of West’s memorable score. There are a variety of devout live performances sprinkled throughout the film that induce hair raising goosebumps due to their heartfelt authenticity. Multiple scenes even depicts the home recording process with astute realism, showing both the magic of what can be done with a personal computer, and the utter absurdity of recording alone in a room with headphones on.
Although it’s fun to explore the stereotypical aspects of the indie scene and bash on hipster culture, I Am Not A Hipster is an attempt to move away from the negative connotations of “hipsterism” by offering a different, authentic perspective that focuses on our shared human experience.
The film features original songs and live performances by Canines that you can check out here.
Take a look for yourself and see what you think.