This week’s lesson started off with some group presentations from the class, each covering a different decade between 1960-2010. I was part of a group that covered the 1970s, below are the slides from our presentation with notes on each slide.
It was interesting to hear the rest of the classes interpretation of some significant periods in time and below I have documented the information that stood out to me and provoked further thought.
Group 2 covered the 1960s and mentioned a subculture (Tropicalia) that emerged in the latter part of the decade, mainly in parts of Brazil. The movement was primarily art based and expressed through music, poetry and theatre and was adopted by musicians of the time such as Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil and Torquato Neto. Further research presented me with knowledge that music pioneers of today are still citing elements of Tropicalia in their own music including one of my all time favourites, Devendra Banhart. Expression today is not only displayed through music but clothing, hair and mind which is evidence of previous cultures having a lasting impression on society.
Group 5 covered the 1980s and touched on hip hop culture was interesting and refreshing to hear because normally when asked about 80s culture there is an abundance of information on new romantics and Vivienne Westwood. Hip hop began developing in the south Bronx area of New York and is now a cultural that spans across the globe. Known as the “Godfather” of hip hop, Afrika Bambaataa founded the subculture Zulu Nation as a means to channel violence and aggression into creativity energy. As a result a new type of fashion arose also, gang members adorning a mass of gold jewellery (now dubbed as bling), wearing clothes several sizes too big creating a loose baggy silhouette and a rise in trainers. Hip hop fashion also gave birth to the term “ghetto fabulous” which can be seen as a type of look embraced by followers today.