Book publishing, lecture in May and interview for Aktual

My book about Japanese subcultures got publication support from Ministry of Culture, things are in full motion now, I’m so happy! I thank my publisher Jesenski and Turk with all my heart, such a great team there, doing so much for me, showing moral support and being patient though I was constantly calling lol.  I’ll keep you guys informed about the progress and expect to read this book sometime soon!

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Also I will be holding a lecture in Cultural Center Trešnjevka in May about commercial success of Japanese alternative fashion, the way this industry was built and it’s special characteristics that differ it from the fashion industry as we new it before, with emphasis on DIY, second hand/redesign and bricolage aspect. Here is the copy of the announcement – click here for the original on CEKATE.

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Photo by flyingpurplemonkeys (Flickr) – CC-BY license.

@Centar za kulturu Trešnjevka

utorak, 14.5.2013. od 19.30 sati
gošća: Martina Križanić, dipl.soc.

Na tribini u sklopu projekta MODA MODA bit će govora o alternativnoj modnoj industriji u Japanu.

Japanska situacija interesantna je po tome što se njene (izvorne) supkulture ne protive kapitalizmu i konzumerizmu kao što to čine zapadne, već ih koriste u svom otporu dominantnoj kulturi budući su vrijednosti hedonizma i individualizma oprečne tradicionalnim kolektivističkim vrijednostima. Radi toga je danas u Japanu prisutna  izrazito razvijena komercijalna alternativna modna industrija kao unikatna, kreativna i “štedljiva modna kultura” temeljena na vrijednostima DIY-a, redizajna i second hand kulture. Ona danas ima znatan utjecaj na supkulturne i modne trendove na Zapadu i postala je prepoznatljivi zaštitni znak (post)modernog Japana.”

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And make sure to buy Aktual magazine in two weeks, there will be an interview with me, it concerns my book, creative work, Japanese subcultures in general and Japanese culture oriented scene in Croatia.

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