UNIT 7: SYMBIOSIS

RESEARCH

Interview to Javier

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Symbiosis of MUSE & "ARTIST" across this project

muse /mjuːz/noun

  1. (in Greek and Roman mythology) each of nine goddesses, the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, who preside over the arts and sciences.

  2. a person or personified force who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist.

Muses are important as their appearance and aesthetic are creativity boosters. 

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Wagner and the Muse by Henri Fantin-Laotur -The art of Music-

The inspiration for the project came listening to classic music, when my friend came to my mind. Javier Albort is one of the most inspiring people I know as he is creative, imaginative and funny. He is flattered about the idea of a project about him. He said he feels like model Bimba Bose (David Delfin's muse). Javier's passions and personality across his social media behaviour are inspiring this project. 

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Javier's Facebook Profile (phone version)

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Javier Albort- Picture sent by Javier-

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Javier Albort- Picture sent by Javier-

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Javier's hand playing violin -Javier's Instagram-

When tutors at CSM say "explore an idea in different ways", this is what Javier does with his violin. He teaches violin in a primary school, he also teaches violin in a music academy and by private tutoring at home Javier teaches not only violin but also piano.

Javier plays violin in quartets, with the orchestra, for important artists and at different ceremonies such as weddings. Javier is a violin multitasker and the project also explores this aspect. By making dynamic his violinist aspect is what allows Javier to keep loving his passion when it has became his way of living.

The exploration of one's artist skills starts by trying different media with different techniques. 

THE SPECTRUM OF SYMBIOSIS

symbiosis /ˌsɪmbɪˈəʊsɪs,ˌsɪmbʌɪˈəʊsɪs/noun

  1. interaction between two different organisms living in close physical association, typically to the advantage of both.
  2. a mutually beneficial relationship between different people or groups.

TYPES OF SYMBIOSIS IN ORGANISMS

  1. MUTUALISM (+/+): an interaction in which species benefit each other by mutually increasing both species’ chances of survival or reproduction.
  2. COMMENSALISM (+/0): an interaction in which one specie benefits, but the other is neither harmed nor helped
  3. PARASITISM (+/-): an interaction in which one organism (the parasite) lives on or in another organism (the host).
  4. PREDATION (+/-): an interaction in which one animal typically kills and consumes another animal.

HUMAN SYMBIOSIS ACROSS FRIENDSHIP

A Symbiotic relationship is where different species live together in order to survive and a mutualism symbiosis is between two species where both are benefit from it. Humans live in symbiosis in different ways and an example of mutualism relationship to human relationships is a friendship, where both contribute towards the friendship and respect and understand one another in order to survive in the world. For me, the best quality of true friendship is to understand and to be understood. Symbiosis is part of the human evolution as we evolve with cooperation and interaction with others.

My friendship with Javier stands the test of time. Javier is an homosexual men and I am a heterosexual woman, but we have a platonic love since childhood. We have a mutual admiration, respect and we have lots of passions in common. No matter how long we don't see each other in person, our friendship is solid because we truly understand one another. Kilometres apart, real friends are always close somehow.

Music was our meeting point because I met Javier in an after-school music club when we were kids. I chose piano and he chose violin. I loved piano and I enjoyed learning music because my teacher was incredible. After few years having the same instructor, she got pregnant and a man replaced her. I stopped enjoying piano because I felt intimidated by my new instructor and I stopped learning music abruptly. 

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Javier and I in 2018- Primary research-

 

 

Symbiosis of JAVIER'S PASSIONS & MY PASSIONS across our hands

The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo represents the union of God and Adam, specially when God gives life to Adam in the Book of Genesis. I have made Javier divine by considering him my muse and the union of our hands is key in the creation of this project and when reaching the love for our passions, as Javier uses his hands to play violin and I use my hands to sew or paint. 

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 Detail of The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo 

VIOLINIST HANDS: The fingers of both hands make the sound and create the notes in the violin. Being able to influence both pitch and tone so directly gives the players great power of musical expression.

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The first time I went to the business district "La Defense" in Paris, a humongous statue of a finger got my attention as my friend told me "there's a big penis" and that is the first thing you see when leaving the metro station. The statue is called "The Pounce" (the thumb) and it was built in 1965 by Sculptor Cesar Baldaccini.

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The Pounce by Cesar Baldaccini.

I just remembered that in my favourite museum, The Rodin, there are statues of feet and hands. Rodin's statues of hands transmit emotions because they are in movement. 

 

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Study of hands by Auguste Rodin -metmuseum-

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 Study of hands by Auguste Rodin -metmuseum-

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The Clenched Left Hand by Auguste Rodin -metmuseum-

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 Rodin's hand by Auguste Rodin -metmuseum-

 

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Study for the secret by Auguste Rodin -metsuseum-

 

On Niki de Saint Phalle's hand it can be read  "This is my right hand, I love her with all her wrinkles, her thoughts, her feelings, her desires. Through her I have made meaningful..." I find incredible how she talked to her right hand extolling it. 

According with the newyorker.com, with the Tarot Garden, Niki wanted to make a monumental sculpture garden that would, in turn, heal others, an alternative reality where people can just be free. 

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Niki de Saint Phalle's hand at Tarot Garden in Tuscany - Niki de Saint Phalle, Centre Pompidou-

 Guido d'Arezzo was the most famous music teacher of all time. He invented the sol-fa system of notation, which is still used today, and he devised an ingenious method of teaching sight-singing based on the joints of the fingers. 

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Guido d'Arezzo's teaching method based on the joints of the fingers. -The Music Makers-

Symbiosis of MUSIC & HUMAN PERFORMANCE

THE POWER OF MUSIC

No class of society is untouched by music. Music has the power to make people dance and sing, travel in the time and even entice from reality but its most important social function is to make people happy.  

According to The Music Instinct by Philp Ball "Music can excite deep passions. Even with what appear to be the simplest of tunes, the brain is performing some astonishing gymnastics: finding patterns and regularities, forming interpretations and expectations that create a sense of aesthetic pleasure".

MUSIC AND ASMR

Javier compares the feeling of playing in front of people with sex's pleasure. For me, certain melodies and harmonies trigger physical responses, similar to sex in a way. My mind is triggered by specific auditory and visual stimuli, as I got ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response). I discovered this phenomenon in my after what hapenned few years ago, when I was sitting at Gerhard Richter's room at Tate Modern for quite a while because I was experimenting a pleasurable feeling of relaxation in my mind just by staring at his big paintings. What makes this even more interesting is that according to Tate Modern, "Richter was listening to the music of John Cage while he worked on these paintings and titled them after the composer. Richter has long been interested in Cage’s ideas about ambient sound and silence, as well as his controlled use of chance in musical composition".

SYMBIOSIS OF MUSIC AND CREATIVITY

My creativity only works when isolated from the world with music. Music have the power of boosting my creativity. The idea of the project came by listening music and I live attached to my beat headphones because I can't do anything without music. The deep beats of r&b's base keep me going when I am tired and the rhythm of classic music makes me focus in what I am doing.  

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 My hands only working by listening to music  - Primary Research-

I just remember that in the beginning of the course, when we had to bring 5 of our most valuable objects, I of course brought my Beats headphones.

Javier and I having fun across music's beats

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Symbiosis of JAVIER & MUSIC across his violin

Exploring the love for the passions, Javier's passion is music and his instrument to reach the love is across his violin. 

VIOLIN

According to The Music Makers, <<The ancestry of the violin family - violin, viola, violoncello and double-bass- can be traced back through medieval Europe and the empires of Islam to the nomadic tribes of Central Asia, who were the first people to domesticate the horse and use stringed instruments bowed with horsehair. As an instrument in its own right, the violin first appeared in the first half of the sixteenth century and came of age as the supreme instrument of modern music in the seventeenth. In the early decades of the eighteenth century, the violin reached a perfection in the work of Antonio Stradivari that has remained unsurpassed.>>

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Violin by Andrea Amati - The Music Makers 

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Javier's violin - Primary Research

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According to "Music, Eyewitness Guides", <<The vibration produces sound waves in the air, which travel to our ears. The waves are small, but they cause rapid changes in air pressure at the same rate as the vibration of the instrument. The sound wave from each instrument has its own kind of pressure changes that can be shown by curved and jagged lines that are called waveforms. Each waveform is created by a particular pattern of vibration in an instrument. The violin makes a bright sound that has a jagged waveform>>

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 Violin Wavelength - Music, Neil Ardley-

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Violin Wavelength - The Music Makers-

Harmonics are unperceived overtones which give musical sounds their character and personality. The human voice, as much as musical instruments as a flute or a violin also produces harmonics. 

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 Human voice wavelenght  - The Music Makers - 

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La Marieé (Marc Chagall)

Searching for Javier's passions on his Facebook, I came with a video in which violins make their appearance in art. La  Marieé (The Bride) by Russian-French artist Marc Chagall really took my attention as I am trying to represent the love for the music and this painting is an ode to love. The wedding attire represents the moment a person marriages the  love and the idea of a marriage to the passions using a bridal attire is something to take into consideration. 

I like how Chagall filled his canvasses with happy, optimistic references and colour. It also takes my attention how he plays with reality, fantasy and gravity, as figures of humans and animals sit on the air. 

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La Marieé by Marc Chagall - Javier's Facebook

Art and Violins

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SYMBIOSIS OF LOVE AND FASHION ACROSS BRIDAL ATTIRES

THE BRIDAL VEIL: 

Taking further the bridal veil from La Marieé of Marc Chagall, the veil is not only part of the bridal outfit, it is loaded with symbolism; in Greek and Roman times its representation was to hide and protect the bride from evil spirits who might want to thwart her happiness. When weddings became religious in Western culture, the veils symbolises modesty and while veils, chastity.  The bridal veil became a status symbol during the Victorian era after wedding of Queen Victoria and the weight, length, and quality of the veil indicated the bride's social status. Bridal veils worn over the face were not common until the second half of the 19th century. The lifting of the veil symbolics the consummation the marriage, representing another thin membrane (the hymen) that will be physically penetrated on the wedding night.

In modern weddings, the lifting of the veil at the conclusion of the ceremony to present the bride to the groom may not occur, since it may be considered sexist for the bride to have her face covered through the ceremony, whether or not the veil is worn to symbolize virginity.  Often the veil is worn solely as a fashion accessory as part of the bridal attire, instead of for its symbolism.

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 Giambattista Valli- Giambattista Valli-

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Come des Garçons -Future Beauty:30 Years of Japanese Fashion by The Barbican-

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Junya Watanabe Comme des Garçons - The Cutting Edge Fashion From Japan-

I really like the idea of embroidered veils or embroidered tulle as a way of expression. Examples are the Valentino's bridal dress with embroidered music notation, Chiara Ferragni's Dior wedding dress that had embroidered the song her fiancé wrote to her to propose or Angelina Jolie's Versace wedding veil with embroidered children's drawings. 

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Katy Perry's Valentino musical dress at Grammy's 2014 - -vforvittoria.wordpress.com- 

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When I told Javier that I wanted to create a groom gown to celebrate his love for the music, he sent me pictures of David Delfin, as they represent how he would like to get married: 

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Screenshot of a WhatsApp conversation with Javier- Primary Research-

Analysing David Delfin's fall-winter 2013 collection in which red is the only colour added to white. Red simulated the poker cards from Alicia's Wonderland.  Another detail is the superposition of different pieces of clothes. The superposed necks have also taken my attention. 

Grooms barely get married wearing white, as this colour is reserved for the bride. 

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Craig Green Spring 2017

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Virgil Abloh at Met Gala 2018

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Louis Vuitton by Virgil Abloh. Spring 2019

 

Playing as a group

When playing violin as a group in front of the audience, it creates different symbiosis:

  1. Symbiosis of violinist & violin
  2. Symbiosis of different violinists
  3. Symbiosis of different violins
  4. Symbiosis of violinists and audience
  5. Symbiosis of music & body pleasure (if audience get body chills when listening the sound)

The sensitivity added to the violin by the use of both hands partly explains why the violin family plays such an important part in classical music; their bowed strings produce a wonderful soaring sound when played in large groups. With the foundation of the symphony orchestra and string quartet in the 18th century, the violin family established a dominant position in Western classical music. 

Javier says that a concert is the culmination of a certain time of preparation and hard work, which include lots of group rehearsals. Javier prefers to play with people rather than alone. A concert, event as a group, also involves years of individual preparation as musician. Javier says that he reaches the "musical orgasm" only when sharing his music with people, as he feels pleasure when knowing the audience feels pleasure too. 

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Javier performing with an orchestra - Javier's Facebook-

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Javier as a child performing - Picture sent to me by Javier-

Javier playing for a private event

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Javier playing violin for singer Raphael

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Symbiosis across Japan

THE SUZUKI METHOD

Japanese Dr. Shinichi Suzuki wasn't only the founder of the Suzuki Method, but also a Violinist, educator, philosopher and humanitarian.

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Dr. Shinichi Suzuki - revistacultural.ecosdeasia.com-

He represents the connection of Japan and the Western culture; Suzuki grew up working in his father's violin factory and touch himself how to play violin. At the age of 26, he moved to Germany to properly learn violin. Because he was learning violin as an adult at the same time that learning German language, he spent his life proving that ability is not inborn and that talent can be created, any child who is properly trained can develop musical ability, just as all children develop the ability to speak their mother tongue. The ideas of parent responsibility, loving encouragement, constant repetition, etc., are some of the special features of the Suzuki approach. Shinichi Suzuki.jpg.1

Shinichi Suzuki with young violinists in 1980 - www.spectator.co.uk

I am obsessed with the Japanese fashion aesthetic and my friend Javier is a successful violin teacher thanks to the Japanese Suzuki Method. Our passions are connected somehow across Japan. 

JAPANESE FASHION 

Jan Dees says in the book Taisho Kimono, "The word kimono means simply thing to wear and was only introduced as a generic term for Japanese dress in the third quarter of the nineteenth century. While women's kimono were made in colourful and with decorated by embroidery, men's outer kimono were not decorated and made of plain and dark colours". 

 

-Taisho Kimono: Speaking of Past and Present by Jan Dees-

According to New Fashion Japan "The unusual oversized shapes and spaces created between the body and the clothes material represent one strong direction in contemporary Japanese fashion". 

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 Actor Kichiemon Nakamura wearing a raincoat -New Fashion Japan by Leonard Koren-

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Many layered and multicoloured costume of the Fujiwara court lady - Japanese costume by Tuttlee

Sophie Milenovich says in Kimonos book that "The costume of the perfect Japanese woman would not be completed without tabi, zori, and geta. Tabi are canvas socks with space between the toes that make it possible to wear Japanesse thonged sandals, known as zori or geta according to the shape and material of their soles. Sori have full soles and can be made of vinyl or plaited straw. Geta are made of wood, are ofter higher, and  can be worn without stockings in the summer".

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Tabi, Aori and Geta -Kimonos by Sophie Mimlenovich-

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 Boro mending - The Amuse Museum-

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 Boro mending - The Amuse Museum-

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 Boro mending - The Amuse Museum-

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Symbiosis of LEARN & PLAY across The Suzuki Method

 COLOURSTRINGS: LEARNING ACROSS COLOURS

ColourStrings is an aspect of The Suzuki Method, which uses 4 meaningful colours: yellow represents the Sun, red is for the rooftop, green is for the meadow and blue is for the sea. The colours go from the highest yellow Sun, to the flat blue sea. The colours in this way represent the bow and its different positions. 

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Javier with the "Suzuki bow colours". -Primary research-

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Javier Colour strings. -Javier's Instagram-

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Javier Colour strings. -Javier's Instagram-

Not everyone can be a Suzuki teacher. Javier has a charm to teach across creativity and how he motivates and encourages his students is incredible. The Suzuki method is in fact a philosophy as Dr. Suzuki didn't write anything about it. This allows each teacher to apply his own creativity and interpretation, which makes the method even more fascinating.

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  Javier teaching across Suzuki -Javier's Instagram-

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Present from Javier's pupils to "a good teacher"-Javier's Instagram-

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Javier's pupil -Javier's Instagram-

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 Halloween activities for little violinist at Cedes School - Javier's Facebook-

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Accessories for the violin. -Javier's Instagram-

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Javier's music classroom at Cedes School -Javier's Instagram-

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Javier's music classroom at Cedes School -Javier's Instagram-

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 Javier's pupils at Cedes School - Javier's Facebook-

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 Javier's Suzuki Thesis - Javier's Facebook-

SYMBIOSIS OF BODY BALANCE & FEET

Violin is an anti-gravity instrument as is is played facing it upwards. Consequently, violin is learnt standing up because is when the centre of gravity is perfect, as the back is straight, allowing a full control of the body with a proper movement of arms. So, the body balance makes a difference in the sound of the instrument. 

When quarters perform, the violinist stand except the cellist.  Even professional orchestra's violinists would stand but they play sitting down because they have to as audience have to see them in line to the other players. As professional violinists they can prove that they can play just as well sitting down as standing.

The Suzuki Method pay attention to the feet and children learn the position of feet by playing on mats which have fingerprints with the different positions. 

Javier says he always plays barefoot, event at concerts because shoes have shape that don't allow him to properly sit his body. 

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Violinist's mat at Cedes School- Javier's Facebook-

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Violinist's mat at Cedes School- Javier's Facebook-

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Javier's pupils -Javier's Facebook-

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Rest position by Javi-Primary Research- 

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Zip position by Javi -Primary Research- 

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Step position by Javi -Primary Research- 

Javier conducting a "Suzuki concert"

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Javier's inventions

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Suzuki Christmas concert conducted by Javier

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Javier private tutoring

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Javi private tutoring

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Javi teaching in the Music School

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Symbiosis of PLAY & PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT across the playground

Javier explains to children the position of the hand when playing violin by a simile to the slides. I found a playground with slides in the village where Javier and I grew up. The playground got my attention because of its colours and shapes and I found interesting that it is located next to my secondary school.

Playgrounds not only keep children entertained but also help to develop their mobility abilities such as learning to swing, balance and climb. 

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A Playground of the village where Javier and I were born -Primary Research-

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A Playground of the village where Javier and I were born -Primary Research-

The picture of little Javier in a playground downwards takes my attention as he is against gravity. He says violin is an anti-nature instrument as its upwards position goes against gravity. In this picture, Javier is the violin. 480173_3433809411398_865395188_n.jpg

Javier as a child in a playground -Javier's Facebook-

Stravinsky Fountain (Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely)

Thinking about colourful public art that tackles music, The Stravinsky Fountain just came to my mind. I though it was just created by Niki de Saint Phalle but researching I discovered that it was a collaboration with Jean Tinguely. The black mechanical pieces of sculpture are by Jean Tinguely and the brightly coloured works are by Niki de Saint Phalle. Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely were on-and-off partners in life and art. 

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Niki de Saint Phalle and  Jean Tinguely -selfselector.co.uk-

The Fountain was created in 1983 and is located on Place Stravinsky, next to the Centre Pompidou in Paris and it represent the works of composer Igor Stravinsky. 

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Stravinsky Fountain - Portrait of Niki de Saint Phalle, Michiko Matsumoto

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Stravinsky Fountain - Flickr.com-

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Sol Clef at Stravinsky Fountain - Flickr.com-

I tend to illustrate with bright colours and underline with black marker as I think black highlights and pops the colours.  I might be uncunsciosly influenced by Niki de Saint Phalle's work, as she is one of my reference artists. 

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Nicki de Saint Phalle - Portrait of Niki de Saint Phalle, Michiko Matsumoto 

Jean Tinguely on the other hand, is a new artist for me; I've researched other collaborations of Tinguely and Saint Phalle, which are incredible as Tinguely's dark mechanisms make pop Saint Phalle's colours. 

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Le Cyclop - La Tête by Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle -studiointernational.com-

 

The Pompidou Centre

When wandering around the Stravinsky Fountain, The Centre Pompidou is just next to it. The Pompidou is a collaboration of architects Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano. This building can be a symbiosis of multiple aspects: 

  1. Symbiosis of architects (Richard Rogers & Renzo Piano).
  2. Symbiosis of architecture & colour blocking
  3. Symbiosis of architecture & modern art (The Pompidou Centre is a modern art museum)
  4. Symbiosis of modernity & tradition (The Pompidou Centre breaks with the monochrome Paris aesthetics). 

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 Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers celebrating 40 years of the Centre Pompidou in 2017 -attractionsmanagement-

I used to go to the surroundings of the Centre Pompidou when I lived in Paris. I remember sitting around The Stravinsky Fountain and just people watch. First, this is the most multicultural and down to earth spot in Paris as multiracial people hang out and play sports in this area and second, the colour of the Centre and Fountain represents a break in the monochrome and homogeneous Haussmann aesthetic of the city.

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The Centre Pompidou breaking with the monochrome aesthetic of Paris - Richard Rogers, Arquitectura del Futuro. Kenneth Powell-

The façade of the Centre Pompidou facing the street Renard is the one I prefer. I just read that the "Four strong colours – blue, red, yellow and green – represent: blue for circulating air (air conditioning), yellow for circulating electricity, green for circulating water and red for circulating people (escalators and lifts)".

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 The Centre Pompidou - Richard Rogers, Arquitectura del Futuro. Kenneth Powell-

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The Centre Pompidou - Richard Rogers, Arquitectura del Futuro. Kenneth Powell- 

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The Centre Pompidou - Richard Rogers, Arquitectura del Futuro. Kenneth Powell- 

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The Centre Pompidou - Richard Rogers, Arquitectura del Futuro. Kenneth Powell-

SYMBIOSIS OF ORIGINAL BUILDING & SUBSIDIARY

The Pompidou in Malaga was created (as I was expecting) but collaborative work within architects Javier Pérez De La Fuente and Juan Antonio Marin Malavé. The most interesting part of The Pompidou Malaga is how it takes the bold colours from the original Pompidou and also the idea of innovation (as it is made out of translucent concrete developed by Italcementi i.lab) but in a different aesthetic. The inspirational aspect is present in this building, but not as a copy. It also innovates with functionality as the previous galleries were lacking in light and this problem was solved by the cube with translucent windows. So this is a Symbiosis of the original building & its subsidiary.

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The Centre Pompidou Malaga  -centrepompidou-malaga.eu-

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The Centre Pompidou Malaga  -centrepompidou-malaga.eu-

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The Centre Pompidou Malaga  -centrepompidou-malaga.eu-

 SYMBIOSIS OF PLAY & MIND DEVELOPMENT

For me, The Pompidou Centre in Malaga looks like a Rubik's cube. The Rubik's cube was invented in the 80s, which makes sense within the colour scheme of the decade. This puzzle is not just for entertainment, the Rubik’s cube improves one’s hand, eye coordination and also improves abilities to focus and concentration.

I can summarise this project as a Rubik's cube; the project has bold colour with lots of references, which might made it complicated to understand, but you just need to understand its dynamic. 

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Symbiosis of ARCHITECTURE, SUSTAINABILITY & COLOUR across Richard Rogers

I would define Richard Rogers as an "industrial colourist". I'm fascinated about how Richard Rogers subtly colours cities by adding a twist of colour in the buildings, keeping always an industrial aesthetic. Richard Roger's buildings are social responsible, taking in consideration not only the climate change but also the inequality in society. The Centre Pompidou building made people think beyond functionality, it was designed to be a place for people of all ages, all creeds, the poor and the rich.

One of Roger's favourite buildings is the Terminal 4 Barajas Airport in Madrid, which uses colours of the rainbow as a form of identification and to create both joy and orientation for users.

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Terminal 4 Barajas in Madrid, Spain - Architecture of the Future, Richard Rogers, Kenneth Powell- 

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  - Architecture of the Future, Richard Rogers, Kenneth Powell- 

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  - Architecture of the Future, Richard Rogers, Kenneth Powell- 

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  - Architecture of the Future, Richard Rogers, Kenneth Powell- 

 

- Architecture of the Future, Richard Rogers, Kenneth Powell- 

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- Architecture of the Future, Richard Rogers, Kenneth Powell- 

According to an interview for Chanel 4 (https://www.channel4.com/news/architect-richard-rogers-on-grenfell-and-the-future-of-cities) Richard Rogers suffers from dyslexia, which has definitely affected his architecture. In another interview for the Yale Centre of Dyslexia, Rogers said that dyslexics might have a better spatial understanding. I have never been dyslexic tested but when I was 16, in order to prepare for university all my abilities were tested and I only succeed in spatial understanding and consequently I prepared in high school for architecture.  Patricia Williams says I am very graphic and as stated on collinsdictionary "Graphics are drawings and pictures that are composed using simple lines and sometimes strong colours". I might be influenced by the pre-architecture studies. 

It has also grabbed my attention how Richard Rogers dresses himself, with bright colours.

RECYCLING

SYMBIOSIS OF RECYCLING & COLOURS

Once in Spain, in the village where Javier and I grew up, the colours of the recycling spot next to my house got my attention. Colours and shapes are used for people to easily know how to separate waste. I remember my mum telling me when I was a child "Victoria take the newspapers and glass; paper goes into the blue container and glass goes into the round and green one". Colour simplify people’s life and also make easy what is tedious for some: recycling 

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Recycling spot in my hometown - Primary Research- 

Symbiosis of FASHION & RECYCLING / UPCYCLING 

SYMBIOSIS OF COLOUR & BLOCKING across MEMPHIS MILANO

Javier and I always comment via WhatsApp our favourite Spanish Sewing/Fashion program and Memphis Milano was brought in the program.  Javier immediately sent me his Pinterest link and told me that he wants all his house to be decorated by Memphis Milano.

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Screenshot of a WhatsApp conversation with Javier, in which he says he would like to have his house decorated by Memphis Milano - Primary Research-

Analysing Javier's Pinterest, he organises the folders by colour blocking, which tells a lot about how he likes colour:

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Javier's Pinterest organised by colour blocking.

 

Then, going throughout his social media, I realised he is obsessed with Memphis:

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Tattoo Inspired by Memphis - Javier's Instagram-

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Javier's Chameleon tattoo with Memphis colours - Primary research -

 

Memphis Milano was a cultural phenomenon in the 80s. There are two facts that fascinates me; first, that the name Memphis comes from a Bob Dylan's Blond on Blond song, which was played in a meeting. Second, that the Memphis group was form by international young designers and architects in Milan. So Memphis Design is a symbiosis of architects and designers. 

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Memphis living room. -Private collection-

 

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SYMBIOSIS OF LONDON & COLOUR

I've realised I live surrounded by the Memphis Design influence. Close to Old Street Station, I found this eye-catching Camila Walala's  building called "Dream Come True". According to colourhunting.com, Walala found the problem that she couldn't paint on the windows and metal parts and she took this as a challenge and integrated this elements in the design.  The resulting graphic zig-zags and turquoise fields are nicely juxtaposed against the black windows. IMG_0865 2.JPG

 Camille Walala's Dream Come True Building - Primary Research- 

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 Camille Walala's Dream Come True Building - Primary Research-

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Camille Walala's Dream Come True Building - Primary Research-

I find the canteen at Central Saint Matins very 80s in its aesthetic but after my research, I can say that it looks 80s because the 80s were influenced by the Memphis Milano movement. 

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Sofa and cushions at Central Saint Martins' Canteen - Primary Research

SYMBIOSIS OF MUSIC AND VISUAL ARTS

MUSIC AND ART

Struggling to make music visual myself, I found the books "An Illustrated History of Music" and "Visible deeds of Music" that explore the relationship between music and the visual arts. Music has been expressed across drawings and paintings of instruments and people playing them. Music is visual and by having this book in my hands, this is also tangible music. 

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-An Illustrated History of Music by Marc Pincherle-

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Sketches of hands on a violin by Toulouse-Lautrec -An Illustrated History of Music by Marc Pincherle-

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 Igor Stravinsky by Picasso - Modern Music, Paul Griffiths- 

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 Front cover of Ragtime for Igor Stravinsky's piano arrangement by Picasso - Modern Music, Paul Griffiths- 

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Violins by Picasso - moma.org-

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 Violins by Picasso - moma.org-

MARC CHAGALL 

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Music by Henri Matisse - fineartamerica.com

 

Juan Ripolles is a painter and sculptor from my region in Spain.  I met him in person once at the airport in Paris and that made me like his work even more. What I like is how colourful are his paintings and how he does a series of the same painting by alternating just the colour.

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PENTAGRAMS WITH NOTES AND CLEFS

I've realised that music notation is also visual music. As human language can be written and then read across writing, music can be also written and then read across music notation with pentagrams, notes and clefs. Music notation allows composers to transmit and musicians to read. 

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Musical notation -An Illustrated History of Music by Marc Pincherle-

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Musical notation in the 11th, 13th and 15th centuries -An Illustrated History of Music by Marc Pincherle-

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 Musical notation -An Illustrated History of Music by Marc Pincherle-

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Common music clefs  - wikipedia-

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Clefs diagram - wikipedia-  

VINYLS 

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CASSETTES

Schiaparelli: symbiosis of SURREALISM & FASHION

Elsa Schiaparelli fascinates me, just not only for her surrealism but for her collaborative spirit. I think Schiaparelli's collaborations is what made her successful. 

Music was the theme for Schiaparelli’s fall 1939 collection, which manifested itself in music boxes on belts and hats, buttons shaped like drums, and shimmering embroidered instruments and music notes. This particular evening dress was accessorized with a belt with a working music box as the buckle. The musical notes and symbols are embroidered in vibrant metallic thread on a gossamer organza. 

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The Music Dress by Elsa Schiaparelli.

 

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Elsa Schiaparelli and Salvador Dali. -Schiaparelli & the artist-

 

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Schiaparelli & Picasso -Schiaparelli and the artists-

SYMBIOSIS OF PHYSICS

JAVIER'S HAIR

Javier's blond hair has been his identity feature since childhood as people used to recognise him as the "blonde effeminate" child. 

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 Blond Javier -Javier's Facebook-

BOW'S HAIR

The violin bow contains a length of horse hair fixed to the point and the frog. Sticky rosin is applied to the hair to help it grip the strings.

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Thinking about hair in fashion, I remember a pair of Gucci hair shoes that I saw at the Barbican's exhibit: The Vulgar, Fashion Redefined. 

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Gucci hair shoes SS15

HAIR IN FASHION:

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 Elsa Schiaparelli's Monkey Hair shoes 1938 - Schiaparelli and The Artists-

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Alexander McQueen's Hair

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 Elsa Schiaparelli's Monkey Hair shoes 1938,

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SYMBIOSIS OF SKIN AND ART

 JAVIER'S TATTOOS 

Tattoos are more than ink in the skin. Tattoos can represent from desires, dreams and believes, to one's fears. 

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Javier's tattoos -Primary Research-

FOOTWEAR

The project development lead me to footwear. Javier and I have a pair of boots in common and they are obviously a pair of Dr Martens. DMs are my preferred footwear for everything that the brand represents: gender-fluidity, multiculturalism, reinvention but with a solid identity. I've visited Camden's Dr. Martens store as it is strongly connected to music thanks to its particular music museum. 

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Dr Martens' Camden Shop - Primary Research-

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Dr Martens' Camden Shop - Primary Research-

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Dr Martens' Camden Shop - Primary Research-

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Dr Martens' Camden Shop - Primary Research-

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Dr Martens' Camden Shop - Primary Research- 

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Dr Martens' Camden Shop - Primary Research-

I found this shoe-repair shop near my house, where I find interesting how shoes are upcycled:

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Shoespa  - Primary Research-

Bibliography

JAVIER ALBORT’S SOCIAL MEDIA:

1.   INSTAGRAM:

@jav____

2.   FACEBOOK:

https://www.facebook.com/vayapercal

3.   PINTEREST:

https://www.pinterest.es/lordlaca/

BOOKS:

MUSIC & VIOLINS:

  • Violins and Violinists, Franz Farga 
  • The Music Makers, WH ALLEN
  • Rocking the Classics, Edward Macan
  • Musical Instruments of the Western world. E. Winternitz, Thames and Hudson
  • Music, Neil Ardley
  • An Illustrated History of Music. Marc Pincherle. Macmillan & Co Ltd.
  • The Music Instich How music works and why we can't do without it. Philip Ball. The Bodley Head London.

MUSIC, ART AND COLLABORATIONS

  • The Art of Music, Patrick Coleman
  • Marc Chagall and The Lost Jewish World, Benjamin Harshav
  • Chagall, Werner Haftmann
  • Chagall, Watercolours and Gouaches. Alfred Werner
  • Chagall, Le Plafond de L'Opéra de Paris
  • Marc Chagall, Franz Meyer
  • Niki de Saint Phalle, Centre Georges Pompidou
  • Portrait of Niki de Saint Phalle, Michiko Matsumoto
  • Ripollés, Cesareo Rodriguez Aguilera
  • Basquiat, Boom For Real. Barbican

MENSWEAR:

  • The Allure of Men, François Baudot
  • Modern Menswear, Hywel Davies
  • We Are Dandy, The Elegant Gentleman Around the World, Rose Callahan & Nathaniel Adams

CELEBRATION GARMENTS & HAUTE COUTURE

  • The White Dress, Fashion inspiration for brides. Harriet Worsley
  • To Have and to Hold. 135 Years of Wedding Fashions. Mint Museum of Art
  • Giambattista Valli
  • Modern Menswear, Hywel Davies

FASHION AND ART:

  • Elsa Schiaparelli, Empress of Paris Fashion
  • Schiaparelli & The Artists, Rizzoli

ARCHITECTURE, CERAMICS AND SCULPTURE:

  • Memphis, Michel Aveline
  • Memphis: Objects, Furniture and patterns. Richard Horn

 

 

  •  Private Collection. Danny Moymihan. abolished by Other Criteria.
  • Darkside I, Photographic Desire and Sexuality-. Photomuseum Winterthur, Steidl

WEBSITES

DAVID DELFIN:

SUZUKI METHOD:

CENTRE POMPIDOU

Louis Vuitton MENSWEAR:

CRAIG GREEN:

OFF-WHITE:

EDDIE JOBSON:

 JEAN TINGUELY:

 YOHJI YAMAMOTO (SKIRTS AND HAKAMA TROUSERS FOR MEN)

TEXTILE HAIR

VIOLIN BOW HAIR

https://www.deviolines.com/como-se-encerda-un-arco/

VEIL

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veil

VIOLINIST NECK

http://stringsmagazine.com/how-to-prevent-or-even-cure-a-violin-hickey/

PARASITIC SYMBIOSIS: THE OTHER SIDE OF MUSIC

Examining the dark side of music, as playing musical instruments sometimes is not pleasurable and it involves physical and psychological issues such as fiddler’s neck. The violin is played under the chin. 

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I am a frustrated pianist because of a traumatic experience with a teacher; According to Sigmund Freud's psychosexual theory, sexuality plays a key role in child development. Freud's theory also focused on identifying consciousness of body parts. I developed the female body curves in the early stage of my teenager hood, when my female piano teacher got pregnant and then replaced by a young man. This piano teacher used to go behind me and wrap my arms and hands with his when correcting the wrong position of my hands and I also felt his breath close to my ears. I felt really intimidated and quite harassed and I abruptly left music keeping it as a secret. The most probably is that the position of my hands was really wrong and the tutor was just perfectionist, but my teenager self felt a strong discomfort.

In the music section at the library, I randomly found these books  "Darkside I, Photographic Desire and Sexuality" and "Private Collection" that contain some pictures that really make my mind travel in time to my last memories as a pianist: 

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 Some horrible past memories are like scars that live in the body forever. These scars might heal if treated, that's why I'd like to analyse this aspect in the project. 

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As woman with chest and ass curves, I feel chained to my body, as these features are the most sexual.

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Eddie Jobson

Eddie Jobson

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Eddie Jobson clear violin

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Eddie Jobson

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Eddie Jobson in concert (1978-1979). Rocking the classics

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Post metrosexuality. Modern menswear

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MORNING JACKET

 

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 Nicolo Paganini. -Violins and violinists- 

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 Ricardo Muti conducting a concert at La Scala Theater in Milan, 1994 (The Allure of Men)

 

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 Evening wedding 1930s.

 

 

 

Long quilted skirt, Jean-Paul Gaultier 1985-1986 (The Allure of Men)

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Yohji Yamamoto

MEN IN SKIRT

 

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The Quartet, Albert Moore (The art of music)

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Hommage a Yves Klein 1993, The Art of Music

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Ingres's violin, Man Ray (The art of music)

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