sex, drugs & rock 'n roll...vices or lifestyle ?


sex, drugs & rock 'n roll...vices or lifestyle ?

Winner of Crafthaus Project Grant 2011.

This group is co-hosted by Heidemarie Herb and Gigi Mariani and will be updated regularly with information about the exhibition as the planning process progresses.

Location: Germany, Italy
Members: 23
Latest Activity: Jun 11, 2013

Firstly, we would like to thank all of you for your vote, we are happy and excited to start this project and we hope you will be with us on the journey.

Some background about the project and our idea behind it:

We started out by thinking about the poet Dante who talked about the “seven vices” in his “Divine Comedy.” How do people think about vices in our current time? Games of Chance, collecting - are these vices, or are they a “lifestyle”?

Our project wants to think about the way vices exist in our everyday life today. Examples are alcohol, drugs and smoking, but also games and TV could become vices, it all depends on the way you look at it, the way one leads their life.

How do we think about vices in 2011?  Are the above vices still considered vices, have new vices cropped up that Dante knew nothing about?

Let’s start to work together and have this culminate into an exciting exhibition. Please: Ask questions and let’s keep in touch!

Heidemarie Herb and Gigi Mariani

Discussion Forum

News from vices or lifestyle....

Started by Heidemarie Herb Apr 3, 2012. 0 Replies

Dear all,Last weekend we had the jury with Giovanni Corvaja & Barbara Schmidt for our call. Many beautiful entries from 16 different countries. In the appendix you can find the selected…Continue

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sex, drug's & rockn' roll

Started by Heidemarie Herb. Last reply by Heidemarie Herb Jan 26, 2012. 2 Replies

  For the many request we extended the deadline for the submission to the 20 Feb.,   we recive great and most interesting works, you are still in time to submit :), have a great work, Luigi &…Continue


Started by Heidemarie Herb Jan 5, 2012. 0 Replies

Dear all,Now that the holidays are behind us, we would like to wish you all a Happy New Year and much success in 2012!We are still working at our project and it is starting to take shape. We've…Continue

Tags: exhibition, crafthaus, atists, juried, international

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Comment by alice simpson on December 22, 2011 at 12:56pm

Many of us, men AND women, struggle with “hungers,” yearnings for pleasures be it food, love, possessions, control, power. Hunger, in all its metaphorical forms, is part of our personal  and public conversation.  With diet as a way of life for many in our culture and the obsession with losing the curves that make us female, we've been taught that one should ‘Eat to Live.’  We've forgotten that  from the 18th through the early 20th Century, at a time when food was scarce and many went hungry, being fat was a sign of health, prosperity and an attraction.

Comment by 2Roses on October 1, 2011 at 10:24am

As one of those evil marketing people who are often referenced as the perpetrators of all social ills (I'm a white male too!) I've made a career of studying human behavior and motivation. These seven vices have been identified long ago as root underlying drivers of behavior. Each one, by the way, also has a corresponding positive driver attribute. Ying-Yang as our Chinese friends would say.

Anything, including fundamentally positive things, taken to excess becomes a vice. Balance in all things, our Buddhist friends would say.

Dauvit, there are plenty of people in this world who devoutly believe that what we all do here on Crafthouse is a vice. As makers, jewelry makers in particular, they see us as the very personification of pointless consumerism.



Comment by Heidemarie Herb on October 1, 2011 at 8:44am

Hi Justified, yes, we agree :) !!!! It doesen't matter how we call it, "way of life" or "lifestyle" ( lifestyle transl. in italian is "stile di vita" ) but this is the point of the exhibition ;). Hope to see some of your work for the participatinon, your's Heidemarie & Gigi

Comment by The Justified Sinner on September 30, 2011 at 1:20pm

I think that "lifestyle" is a vice, perhaps the vice.

"Lifestyle" is a commodification of "way of life" and is directly antithetical to creativity - no matter how the marketing people dress it up - being about pointless consumption, not construction.

Perhaps "lifestyle" is the ur-vice of the century, encompassing as it does, five (perhaps six) of the seven of Dante's vices... 


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