culture decanted

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Culture Decanted is focused on exploring social and cultural trends from the trivial to the significant.

There are roughly 7,230,175,088 humans alive today, plus or minus a few million.  Cumulatively 107,602,707,791 humans  have been guessed to have ever lived – the point here is not the accuracy of the maths but that culture and society continues to find new ways to express and articulate meaning.

All of us are using shared systems and conventions of communication – to quote Louise Damen

“Culture (are) learned and shared human patterns or models for living; day- to-day living patterns. These patterns and models pervade all aspects of human social interaction. Culture is mankind’s primary adaptive mechanism”.

There is nothing more fascinating about the human experience than to look deeply at how human  thought comes to live in: art, literature, design, advertising, brands, marketing – really any form of cultural expression.  This involves looking at what we do, how we do it, why we do – what drives such and eclectic and at time consistent expression of the human condition?  We are at an age where frames of thinking from philosophy, psychology to semiotics enable us to appreciate culture through different lens.

Through this site we can decant some of culture and savour a glass or two of these signs and meanings.



Salut Oliver


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