Crazy Cleopatra (top) & Funky Schere (bottom) © MACHEN
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Image: Crazy Cleopatra (top) & Funky Schere (bottom) © MACHEN

Hair fashion through the ages

The history of the hairstyle is an eventful one. For thousands of years, hair has been used for the social-cultural manifestation of gender, status, style, political attitudes, norm and value systems. Different times have always produced different hair fashions – cultures, icons and historical figures can be recognized not least by their magnificent hair.

There were combs in the graves of ancient Egypt, badly coiffured men were threatened with fines in ancient Greece, hair of married women came “under the hood”, redheads were persecuted as witches, men and women discovered the wig for themselves, Sissi swore by one hundred strokes of her brush, the perm came into fashion, the hair dryer was invented. And today – hairstyles shape the self-staging of politicians, athletes, stars and those who want to become one. The current hair-madness goes from hair implants to waxing studios to tattooing of the eyebrows. No hair stays on the other.

The FRISEUM is dedicated to popular science and is explicitly audience-oriented. With a good mix of information and entertainment – physical and lively, intuitive and playful. Here you can perfume, curl, braid, dye and brush.

For the co-curation we are looking for hair experts from history, health, pop culture, fashion, science and economy. The integrative workshop and curation process we have developed addresses the following questions: How does the hairstyle shape the cultural history, how does the cultural history shape the hairstyle? What is the interaction between hairstyle, religion, politics, youth movement, or sexuality? Why does a hairstyle shape an era? What famous hairstyles are there, what are their stories? And where does the hairstyle actually start and where does it end?

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Hair fashion through the ages

The history of the hairstyle is an eventful one. For thousands of years, hair has been used for the social-cultural manifestation of gender, status, style, political attitudes, norm and value systems. Different times have always produced different hair fashions – cultures, icons and historical figures can be recognized not least by their magnificent hair.

There were combs in the graves of ancient Egypt, badly coiffured men were threatened with fines in ancient Greece, hair of married women came “under the hood”, redheads were persecuted as witches, men and women discovered the wig for themselves, Sissi swore by one hundred strokes of her brush, the perm came into fashion, the hair dryer was invented. And today – hairstyles shape the self-staging of politicians, athletes, stars and those who want to become one. The current hair-madness goes from hair implants to waxing studios to tattooing of the eyebrows. No hair stays on the other.

The FRISEUM is dedicated to popular science and is explicitly audience-oriented. With a good mix of information and entertainment – physical and lively, intuitive and playful. Here you can perfume, curl, braid, dye and brush.

For the co-curation we are looking for hair experts from history, health, pop culture, fashion, science and economy. The integrative workshop and curation process we have developed addresses the following questions: How does the hairstyle shape the cultural history, how does the cultural history shape the hairstyle? What is the interaction between hairstyle, religion, politics, youth movement, or sexuality? Why does a hairstyle shape an era? What famous hairstyles are there, what are their stories? And where does the hairstyle actually start and where does it end?

The ambitious goal: Via nextmuseum.io we find the exhibition site(s), exhibits, collaborators and sponsors.

Curatorial statement

We are pleased about the medial diversity of the submissions - painting, collage, photography, object, installation, performance, video, VR. Our selection aims to represent the diversity of artistic genres and materialities as well as that of different actors and communities.

From our point of view, the Open Call and the possibilities of digital commenting test new, participatory formats of curating. We hope to attract even more cultural producers and users for exchange and ranking in the future. The composition of the curatorial team was also adapted in the process in order to continuously expand the diversity of perspectives and professions involved.

Hairstyles have many dimensions for us. Aesthetic, ethical, political, and technological discourses have been and continue to be negotiated through the practices and cultures of the body. For us, the focus is on hair itself - how and where it is (supposed to be or not to be), how it is touched and worked with, how it shapes persons, groups, and identities. What interests us most about the selected works is a multidimensional view and irritating potential. Like human hair and hairstyles, they trigger ambivalent feelings of admiration, horror, eroticism, disgust, oppression and self-empowerment.

Three more works were selected by audience voting:
* Cecilia Schaaf, Alternative Light Source (2018)
* Johanna von Oldershausen, Perücken Nr1 und Nr2
* Karin von Oldershausen, Hackebeil mit Zopf – Rapunzel – Junge Frau mit Bubikopf


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