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All things hauntological, atemporal and future past nostalgic in music, media, art and ideas
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Why the 1970s was the most terrifying decade - Richard Littler - The Telegraph

Why the 1970s was the most terrifying decade - Richard Littler - The Telegraph | Hauntology | Scoop.it

'I had thought Scarfolk a personal interpretation of the 1970s filtered through my own (numerous) childhood neuroticisms, fears and memory fragments; Scarfolk certainly does not reflect what for many is the decade of flares, discos and lava lamps. Influenced by Monty Python, George Orwell, The League of Gentlemen, Chris Morris, and cartoonists such as Gerald Scarfe and Ralph Steadman, I was aware that Scarfolk also fits into a movement of sorts called ‘Hauntology’, which is concerned with what some might consider darker aspects of the 1970s: Brutalist architecture, disquieting TV theme music, a resurgent interest in paganism, new (now old) technologies and other everyday ephemera. Hauntology also heavily plays on and warps the half-memories of those who were brought up between the late 60s and early 80s. It’s not nostalgia as such; there are no rose-tinted spectacles, nor is there a desire for those days to return.' - Richard Littler

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Scarfolk Council

Scarfolk Council | Hauntology | Scoop.it

Thanks to David Pattie for alerting me to this - and it is pure genius.

 

Scarfolk is a town in North West England that did not progress beyond 1979. Instead, the entire decade of the 1970s loops ad infinitum. Here in Scarfolk, pagan rituals blend seamlessly with science; hauntology is a compulsory subject at school, and everyone must be in bed by 8pm because they are perpetually running a slight fever. "Visit Scarfolk today. Our number one priority is keeping rabies at bay." For more information please reread.

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Creative Review - Have you been to Scarfolk?

Creative Review - Have you been to Scarfolk? | Hauntology | Scoop.it

'Scarfolk is a town in the North West of England. Its precise location is not entirely clear, but we do know when it is: the town is in a perpetual, decade-long loop of the 1970s. Scarfolk Council recently opened its archives to the public and made available many artifacts at scarfolk.blogspot.co.uk: from public information posters to ice-cream advertisements to screenshots of TV programmes and films. There are also music and field recordings.

 

Certain themes resurface: the municipal, the occult, childhood and school days, totalitarianism and dystopia, memory and nostalgia, societal paranoia and fear of disease, television and radio' - Richard Littler

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