Conversations in Modernism


The first conversation

Conversations: 1 / 2 / 3


One of the things we love about modernism is that it means a lot of things to a lot of different people. For some, it refers to specific movements within arts and culture, whilst for others it’s simply about breaking tradition.

Through the bringing together three pairs of creatives at the top of their respective fields, this debate has been brought to life: What does modernism mean to you?

When it came to it, our Conversations in Modernism ended up exploring a lot more than they set out to. Our Modernists delved into subjects such as what it means to be creative in a modern world, questioned how craftsmanship can survive the digital revolution, and whether it’s possible to push things forward whilst still paying respect to the past.

Carefully curated in order to generate vibrant discussion, each conversation has been summarised in a short film and, for those who like to dig a little deeper, an in-depth editorial feature.

For the first of our Conversations in Modernism, we brought together bespoke shoemaker Sebastian Tarek and music entrepreneur Alex Robinson to share their thoughts and experiences of being creative in the modern world. From childhood ambitions of wizardry to the apparent decline of craftsmanship in the digital era, the problem with progress to the unwritten rule of the grey shoe, the conversation flows through the lives and times of these two gentlemen, and explores much more in between.

Read more of the first conversation here...

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