How Cool Works in Popular Culture – Saturday 8, 11.00 (
Cool is a cultural password for individual rebellion as mediated in music, film, and sports. Cool is an interactive process between artist and audience that cannot be predicted or marketed. A new artistic vision appears and youthful seekers intuitively grasp that their yearning has taken form. Cool is the key filter between popular culture and artistic production — it separates the artists from the entertainers. Cool is a history of rebellion against oppressive forces that begins with the postwar Black jazz musicians who invented the language and style to defy racism : being cool, cool it, cool jazz, cool cats. Cool is what happens when artist, vision, and audience collide.
Lecture by: Joel Dinerstein