| FLASHBACK | Oldest handbag

Every friday we are going to ‘Flashback’ to moments that need to be preserved for their impact on how we look at, think about, and react to modern design in fashion and culture, today and tomorrow.

oldest-handbag-found-dog-teeth_55636_990x742World’s oldest purse discovered.

Excavators at a site near Leipzig (map) uncovered more than a hundred dog teeth arranged close together in a grave dated to between 2,500 and 2,200 B.C.

According to archaeologist Susanne Friederich, the teeth were likely decorations for the outer flap of a handbag.

“Over the years the leather or fabric disappeared, and all that’s left is the teeth. They’re all pointing in the same direction, so it looks a lot like a modern handbag flap,” said Friederich, of the Sachsen-Anhalt State Archaeology and Preservation Office.

Read more at National Geographic. 


| SSWTR & Friends | Mika Tajima


Art in General is pleased to present Total Body Conditioning, a New Commission by Mika Tajima.

Total Body Conditioning is an exhibition by Mika Tajima comprised of three scenes—display, work, and fitness—that invoke technologies developed to control and affect the body. These are techniques that shape bodily experience of time and space, taking the human body as a target of power. The works in the exhibition include Jacuzzi hot tub painting objects, a series of abstract woven textile portraits, and transparent paintings set to changing ambient lighting and sound sequences. Each scene in the exhibition traces the management of the body in different spaces and temporal contexts from factory assembly line to therapeutic “after work” locations.

The exhibition takes its name from a physical conditioning program developed to adapt the body to an exercise regimen emphasizing endurance, flexibility, and performance through the seriation of time and the partitioning of bodily space. “Total Body Conditioning” refers to the complete investment of the body, taking the Greek practice “to care for oneself” into the Foucauldian register of discipline and control exacted on the self—where individual practices of freedom are intertwined with modes of domination.

Created specifically for the exhibition, thermoformed Jacuzzi painting objects that are reverse-spray enameled in saturated gradient colors ground the gallery space. These new hot tub objects are ergonomically molded to the human form, underlining how the body is articulated in relation to an object. The Jacuzzi company began as an aviation company, which later developed hydraulic pumps for medical therapy before evolving into a social recreation with its multi-seat tubs. Here the Jacuzzi tub form acts as a container for the body and paint, fusing figuration with abstraction.

Tajima will also present a new group of works from the “Furniture Art” series consisting of spray enameled transparent paintings each subtitled by a geographic location—Shikoku, Ojo Caliente, Kerala—drawing on the psychogeographic associations produced by the affective names of industrial colors and paints.

The exhibition will feature a new series of “Negative Entropy” acoustic woven textile portraits derived from recordings of Toyota power Jacquard looms, an assembly line at a Toyota car factory in Japan, and a server colocation center. These recordings were transmuted into image files and physically interpreted by a weaving designer into a Jacquard fabric.

Total Body Conditioning features a sound collaboration between New Humans and Alvin Aronson [White Material].

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| FLASHBACK | The Grey Heather Sweatshirt

Every friday we are going to ‘Flashback’ to moments that need to be preserved for their impact on how we look at, think about, and react to modern design in fashion and culture, today and tomorrow.


“The hooded sweatshirt began, in the 1930s, as a practical piece of clothing. Champion created the first ones for laborers in the frozen warehouses of upstate New York.”

Read more here from the NY Times by Denis Wilson.