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Are we just nostalgic?

366px-Girl_with_a_Hoop.JPGBy Jeanette Kelly

I grew up in a flat-roofed house, with pictures windows, floor to ceiling,
an open concept living and dining room and Danish modern furniture.

I loved the clean lines, the wood panelling on the walls and the views out over the poplar trees.

But I've never since then lived in a modern house!

My first apartment on rue Desjardins in Old Quebec was a rickety affair with deep stone walls and sloping floors.

My current home was built in the early 1920s with some oak trim and a couple of leaded glass windows.

I'm nostalgic for the modern. But it would seem that a lot of us are still stuck even further in the past.

Our tastes in music hark back to familiar chords from Bach to Bachman Turner Overdrive.

The high attendance at a recent Impressionist show at the Museum of Fine Arts here in Montreal
showed that our affection for paintings often stops with the work of Van Gogh and Renoir.

New suburban neighbourhoods are full of Victorian-style McMansions

On Cinq a six this week, we looked at two examples of modernity, in architectural heritage and in music.

As we were producing the show, we started asking the question: why do we have such a hard time appreciating newer creation. And why is so much of what is popular is rooted in nostalgia?

I spoke with Sandeep Bhagwati to try to answer that question.

He is the research chair for interdisciplinary art at Concordia University. He's also a composer and the Director of Matra Lab

Listen to my interview:

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Image: Girl with a Hoop (1885, Pierre-Auguste Renoir)

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