Monday, 21 December 2009

A Tomorrow That Never Was

Check out this cool David LaChappelle photoshoot - which is inspired by that great deco film METROPOLIS, a 1927 silent German expressionism science fiction film directed by Fritz Lang and written by Lang and Thea von Harbou. 

I have a real thing about Raygun Gothic visuals and Metropolis, just like the films Dark City, Brazil and countless other cinematic treats  convey that style so perfectly.

Raygun Gothic is a catchall term for a visual style that incorporates various aspects of the Googie, Streamline Moderne and Art Deco architectural styles when applied to retro-futuristic science fiction environments. Academic Lance Olsen has characterised Raygun Gothic as "a tomorrow that never was". The style has also been associated with architectural indulgence, and situated in the context of the golden age of modern design due to its use of features such as "single-support beams, acute angles, brightly colored paneling" as well as "shapes and cutouts showing motion."

The shots of Gaga feature in the super deluxe limited edition of her new album The Fame Monster which not only contains all the original tracks from her debut CD The Fame, plus eight new ones, but also features a booklet and a lock of her hair. Now thats what I call customer service.

1 comment:

  1. G'day London Girl :) I found your blog via the Guest Writer Network. Although I know a lot about Streamline Moderne and Art Deco, I have never heard of the term Raygun Gothic.

    Would you like to write a post for my blog on Raygun Gothic? I am not interested in modern adaptations of Raygun Gothic, but in the original 1920s and 1930s style. How was it used in architecture, cinema, photography etc?

    I have long articles in my blog so you would have plenty of space to develop the topic and to include plenty of images.

    Would you be interested?

    Is there any topic I could write for your blog that would interest you? I know a lot about the Victorian and Edwardian eras, but sadly my knowledge of paintings, porcelain, silver, architecture, leisure activities etc stops abruptly in 1939.


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