News: New exhibition on fashion in the Collection!

Produced by: 
Simon Coates with support from Sound and Music and the Google Cultural Institute

A celebration of music and fashion!

Simon Coates has brought together three online exhibitions exploring the relationship between music and fashion as part of Google Arts & Culture #WeWearCulture campaign using records in the British Music Collection

The “We wear culture” project by Google Arts & Culture is a collaboration with Sound and Music and over 180 renowned cultural institutions from New York, London, Paris, Tokyo, São Paulo and around the world. Using state-of-the-art technology, the project allows you to explore everything from the ancient Silk Road, through the courtly fashions of Versailles, to British punk and the stories behind the clothes you wear today. Iconic pieces that changed the way generations dressed, such as Marilyn Monroe’s high heels or the Black Dress by Chanel are brought to life in virtual reality

Explore the exhibitions!

Exhibition 1: mode modem modus: from cabaret to conflict

Exhibition 2: mode modem modus: war and everything after

Exhibiton 3: mode modem modus: the global age

Meet Simon!

Simon Coates by Sara Al Haddad

Simon Coates is an English artist, writer and curator living and working between London and Dubai.  In 2015 he founded Tse Tse Fly Middle East, the platform that promotes and develops experimental music in the Middle East region.   Coates also produces two radio programmes for the UK arts station Resonance Extra.  As part of his own artistic practice, Coates performs as one half of experimental music duo Visqueen, and creates sound art and experimental music under his own name and as A Taxi For My Uncle.  
He also writes for Harper’s Bazaar Art Arabia and Contemporary Practices magazines. 


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We asked Simon three questions...

What inspired you to apply for this opportunity?

"I wanted to show the British Music Collection from a different angle.  While there is plenty of valuable information about classical and traditional music composers in there there's also a wealth of stuff about some of the most innovative minds in British music. There's a very exciting and forward-thinking British experimental music scene happening right now and I wanted to show people some of the history behind it.  Framing all that within a sort of timeline that took in changes in society seemed like a good idea"

Have you done anything like this before?

"I've curated a few exhibitions before but never something online. I approached this project in much the same way as I approach any other exhibtions: that is to think in three dimensions and provide context without overkill. I think that what happens after someone visits an exhibition is almost as important as what happens while they're in the moment. So I hope that they want to continue the discussion, ask more questions and come to their own conclusions."

Your exhibition runs through keys moments in 20th century fashion, history and music – what decade would you like to have experienced first-hand?

"To be around when asking pure, epistemological questions was still a relatively new concept and the cycles of art hadn't kicked in yet must have been really something. So it would have to be the 1910s for me."

About the British Music Collection

The British Music Collection is a publically accessible collection of over 40,000 scores, 21,000 recordings and other artefacts including books, programme notes and photographs housed at state-of-the-art archive centre Heritage Quay at the University of Huddersfield. It is closely related to the British Music Collection Online which provides a digital platform for an increasing section of the collection.

About Google Arts & Culture

Google Arts & Culture puts over a thousand museums at your fingertips. It’s a new, immersive way to explore art, history and wonders of the world. Following projects that made Street Art, Performing Arts and Natural History accessible to people all over the world, “We wear culture” allows everyone to explore the world of fashion. The Google Arts & Culture app is free and available on the web, on iOS and Android. The Google Arts & Culture team is an innovation partner for cultural institutions. The team works on technologies that help preserve and share culture and allow curators to create engaging exhibitions online and offline, inside museums.

In parternship with Google Arts & Culture

Browse Simon's exhibitions:

Exhibition 1: mode modem modus: from cabaret to conflict

Exhibition 2: mode modem modus: war and everything after

Exhibiton 3: mode modem modus: the global age

Browse the #WeWearCulture campaign

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