Welcome to our second ABC Colloquium. Last Friday Donatella de Paoli opened a lively debate on ideas of sacred spaces in its relations to technology. Next week the discussion will be fueled by Janet Borgerson and Jonathan Schroeder both with impressive work on images, criticism and consumption.
In collaboration with our main partner; Center for Arts, Business and Culture (ABC) Art Initiative produce the ABC colloquia program, which will be held next time 22 March 15.15-17.00 in room Sven-Erik, Saltmätargatan 13-17, floor 6
Guests: Professor Janet Borgerson; affiliated fellow at Cass Business School and Professor Jonathan Schroeder; Rochester Institute of Technology introduced by Professor Pierre Guillet de Monthoux
Designed for Hi-Fi Living: Modernism, Marketing, and the Mid-Century LP
A study based on a collection of mid-century vinyl LPs from the U.S. reflects on the deployment ofmodernist art, furniture and design. In these record albums, we see how marketing brought modernist aesthetics into the mainstream with wider connections to cold war discourses. LP covers became a pedagogic realm in which an array of opportunities and options were visualized and discussed, and Soviet ideologies were countered with possibilities available via consumer culture. In the same vein, abstract artists were promoted as true American individualists contrary to dreary Soviet realism; and we see evidence of this on mid-century LPs with abstract art, including work by
Jackson Pollock, making compelling appearances, particularly associated with jazz. This may proverelevant to some understanding of the meaning of art in marketing; and interesting as well is thepresence of Scandinavian Modern design elements. Janet and Jonathan are both working in the field of interpretative consumer research. Jonathan focus on images and visuality to understand the elusive nature of consumption within an image-based economy. Janet´s philosophically informed approach, focusing on materiality and relational metaphysics, challenges consumer interpretations traditionally governed by a singular agentic, autonomous and effective human subject.