Death, beauty, and iconoclastic nostalgia: Precarious aesthetics and Lana Del Rey

by Arild Fetveit Lana Del Rey’s April 2013 music video Summer Wine, released at a time when she was among the hottest names in popular music and had some of the most prestigious music video directors at her fingertips – among them Anthony Mandler, who made the music videos for Ride (2012) and National Anthem (2012) […]

No time like the past?: On the new role of vintage and retro in the magazines Scandinavian Retro and Retro Gamer

by Kristian Handberg ‘Detta är retro, [holding up 1960s lamp] detta är inte retro.’ [holding up a 19th century chandelier] (This is retro, this is not retro). – Scandinavian Retro chief editor Magnus Palm in the video Vad är retro? (   ‘Back to the Eighties’ ‘Back to the Nineties’ (permanent features in Retro Gamer […]

Retro, faux-vintage, and anachronism: When cinema looks back

by Stefano Baschiera and Elena Caoduro The vintage style, the reproduction and reclamation of past fashions, original objects, and old looks, is a highly commoditised phenomenon. Though its contemporary meaning developed with the second-hand clothing trend in the late 1980s, vintage has become mainstream in the early 21st century and has expanded beyond the fashion […]

Locating vintage

by Kim Knowles – She said I looked like a 1950s housewife – Well your dress is slightly anachronistic – What? It’s vintage I’ll have you know! – I know, but being vintage doesn’t make it attractive. During a party scene in Xavier Dolan’s film Les Amours Imaginaires / Heartbeats (2010) the two twenty-something characters […]

A theoretical approach to vintage: From oenology to media

by Katharina Niemeyer Research on vintage as both a term and a concept and its historical emergence in the field of fashion and flea markets in Europe and the United States is already well-established, particularly regarding the subcultural nature of vintage, its relation to hipsters, the difference between vintage and second-hand clothes, and its identification […]

Editorial Necsus

Vintage is everywhere. Ranging from vintage design to vintage cloths and vintage media, in our contemporary culture ‘the old rebranded as new’ and ‘the new rebranded as old’ are a striking phenomenon – but what kind of relationship to or longing for the past does ‘vintage’ indicate? Retro nostalgia and other memory practices that can […]

The way we watched: Vintage television programmes, memories, and memorabilia

by Helen Piper ‘People die, sure,’ my mother was saying. ‘But it’s so heart-breaking and unnecessary how we lose things. From pure carelessness. Fires, wars. The Parthenon, used as a munitions storehouse. I guess that anything we manage to save from history is a miracle.’ – Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch[1] Formal histories of television and […]

Theaters: Cinematic vintage magnified

The pictures gathered in the photographic series Theaters are the perfect attempt to exemplify the challenging task to find a crystallised form to cinematic duration. Analog in their technique, they not only represent the impressed trace of an instant in which the authors freeze an existing referential index, but they actually feed the rich debate […]

Technostalgia of the present: From technologies of memory to a memory of technologies

by Tim van der Heijden Introduction In contemporary media culture we currently witness a strong interest in media technologies from the past. Analogue artefacts such as the Polaroid camera, Super 8 film, vinyl records, the Walkman, VHS tapes, floppy discs, and arcade video games have become part of popular media practices, often described and denoted […]

NECSUS_Autumn 2015_‘Vintage’ — call for submissions

Guest editor: Kim Knowles (Aberystwyth University) Few issues are as pertinent today as the relationship between old and new, past and present, obsolescence and progress. Paradoxically, as the obsession with the new in contemporary society intensifies, so too does our interest in older technologies, styles, and artefacts. Advertising and marketing in particular have tapped into […]