Dazed & Confused (magazine)
June 2011 cover with Ai Weiwei
|Former editors||Jefferson Hack, Rankin|
Dazed & Confused is a British style magazine that was set up in 1992 and published monthly. Its founding editors were Jefferson Hack and fashion photographer Rankin. The topics that are covered include music, fashion, film, art, and literature.
Beginning as a black-and-white folded poster published sporadically, the magazine soon turned full colour, promoted with London club nights. Throughout the 1990s the magazine's format evolved. Among its many international magazine cover firsts Dazed counts Alicia Keys (June 2001, #78; on page 6), Jake Gyllenhaal (#98), Hilary Swank (#64), Eminem (#66) and Pharrell (#101). Cover stars include such as Richard E. Grant (issue #11), Jarvis Cocker (issue #15) long-time collaborator Björk (#16) and Radiohead's Thom Yorke interviewing himself in issue #19.
The magazine has supported social causes and encouraged fashionable debate with issues such as its 1998 Fashion-Able issue (#46) and 2004's South Africa issue (#115), the former dealing with perceptions of beauty and disability and the latter with the state of the country ten years after apartheid and the AIDS crisis throughout Africa. In 2006 Dazed & Confused joined forces with MySpace to support RED and World AIDS Day by encouraging the public to submit artwork and pledge their support to join the (RED) initiative.
Dazed Film & TV
In 1999 Dazed Film & TV was founded, a production company that would produce the first mast-head television broadcast ever, the one hour special Renegade TV Gets Dazed, for Channel 4. In 2001 the Dazed Group, as it styled itself, launched the luxury bi-annual Another Magazine. In 2005 the Group launched Another Man, a bi-annual fashion title for men.
In April 2011, Dazed & Confused launched its first live festival in East London, Dazed Live, featuring live music performances from Gang Gang Dance, Factory Floor, Black Devil Disco Club, About Group (feat. Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor), SBTRKT, Caribou, and more.
They relaunched their site on September 7, 2010 under the project title "Dazed Digital REACTIVATE". With a countdown in the days prior to the relaunch, the new site did not go live until there were 10,000 simultaneous viewers; this target was reached in 22 minutes. The new site launched as first UK online publisher using an HTML5 site.
Soft launched in September 2010, DazedTV.com is Dazed new destination for video only content. With the launch of Dazed TV on Boxee, short films and exclusive music videos curated by Dazed can now be streamed on a computer but also on a TV set.
In February 2011, Dazed launched its first ever show, DAZED TV PARTY premiered on Dazedtv.com, hosted by Stuart Hammond, created by Dazed co-founder Jefferson Hack and music editor Tim Noakes, and produced in association with Warp Films. Paying homage to the lo-fi public broadcasting aesthetic of Glenn O’Brien’s cult 1970s TV Party, the first episode features new interviews and exclusive performances from Florence Welch, Theo Adams, Jake Chapman, Alice Dellal, Dominic Jones, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Factory Floor, Dave I.D. and Marques Toliver. Turner Prize-nominated artist Mark Titchner has created a series of bespoke graphic idents for the show, and the studio set was built and designed by renowned art director Gary Card.
Dazed / Converse Emerging artist award
In 2010 Dazed launched its £6000 art prize in association with the Whitechapel Gallery For UK-based commercially unrepresented artists, under the age of 35. Judged each year by a panel of leading artworld figures, with winners including Faye Green (2013), Samantha Scott (2012), Richard Parry (2011) and Peter Ainsworth (2010)
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