The question of the nature of curation is one posed repeatedly at 1985. For us, a curator is much more than a mere champion of the arts --- more definitively it is someone with a compulsive passion to organize for the creative & cultural good. In Issue 15 we feature seven curators dedicated to emerging artistry & the sustainability of art for art’s sake, enabling artists to exercise freedom of expression outside of the confines of commercial interest. Without them, we would be left alone to wade through the uniform quagmire that is our current cultural tide.
Just as the 60’s and 70’s saw the age of the critic, today is the age of the DJ, the Curator, & the Programmer. Hadrian Belove, Tom Fitzgerald and Bret Berg are just that. Founding CineFile in 1999, Hadrian employed a 19 year old Bret Berg, who quickly became the video store’s buyer, making the link to Tom Fitzgerald, noted tape trader turned film procurer. When Hadrian opened the doors to The Cinefamily in 2007, Tom and Bret joined as head programmers. This daughter of repertory cinemas past has changed the face of the American art house with its ambitious programming, infamous festivals and original trailers. Sitting across from Fairfax High, turning up the volume on what was once Los Angeles’ Silent Movie Theatre, Cinefamily enlists a steady string of volunteers to rearrange the letters on the ivy framed marquee no less than 300 times a year. This summer Bret went on to launch Mindwebs, a bookstore specializing in vintage paperbacks and magazines tucked inside Meltdown Comics on the Sunset Strip.
By day, 1985 contributor Georgie MacEchern heads up an eclectic and compelling collection of London's most creative talent in her role as Head of Sales for ahead-of-the-curve production company Caviar. By night you're likely to catch her spinning a unique blend of tunes under the guise of her alter ego, DJ Miss G. With residencies at many of London's leading hang outs including Shoreditch House and a raft of international sets under her very trim belt, it's safe to say she's not one to turn down the chance to set moods soaring and pulses pounding.