March 13, 2015
I first came across the concept of ‘Edge Culture’ in Brian Eno’s diary, A Year with Swollen Appendices, in which he ‘abandon[s] the idea that culture has a single centre’ and is instead ‘an urban sprawl of culture objects joined by the journeys we make between them’.
His revision of the single narrative, a norm too many cultural historians tend to fall prey to when investigating the value placed on a particular fine artist or composer’s work, resonated with me deeply and it summarises, more articulately than I ever could, my own creative and curatorial approach. It’s definitely worth reading the essay in full.
Edge Culture is a new series of posts in which I map out and contextualise various projects and research I am working on; covering my time as Artist-Curator at Chimera Productions, Researcher-in-Residence at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) and composer in 2015. These posts will appear as texts, playlists, mixes and reading lists and whilst diverse in their content I aim to capture the field in which I work.
Brian Eno, ‘Edge Culture’, in A Year with Swollen Appendices (London: Faber and Faber Ltd, 1996), 327-329.