Youth Culture Archive
The Youth Culture Archive (JugendkulturArchiv) was founded in 1993 based on the private collection of Prof. Richard. Initially hosted by the University of Essen, it moved to the Goethe-University in Frankfurt in 1998. This unique collection in Europe comprises some 1,500 objects documenting the material culture of teenagers and the various styles and fashions of youth movements. Among others, it comprises a selection of typical clothing of ravers, emos, punks, skins, goths, Dark Wavers and adepts of industrial music, metal, black metal, hip-hop or retro disco as well as sports and military styles, alongside a comprehensive collection of objects with representations of skulls.
The Youth Culture Archive promotes scientific research on visual productions by teenagers and the history of youth cultures, and offers training courses for adults working in the realm of education, youth culture and social work. The Youth Culture Archive furthermore supports visual and media education. As part of inter-cool 3.0, the archive presents a selection of objects that echoes the thematic focus of the exhibition and comprises fashion objects, videos, objects and images of children and adolescents as well as a youth media collection with images and videos of events and concerts such as the Loveparade, Mayday, WGT and Castle Rock, which is also available on the website.
Courtesy of Birgit Richard, Frankfurt am Main / Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main The objects presented in the exhibition aim to encourage visitors to produce their own images by promoting a self-conscious approach to the objects of everyday life, particularly with regards to Internet-based media such as online photographs and videos, creative gaming or fan art. By doing so, it acknowledges the existence of youth-specific imagery and net cultures, which teenagers can use independently of their gender and cultural or social background. The objects in this exhibition are therefore mainly directed at teenagers and young adults and aim to provoke a creative response.
The Youth Culture Archive shows excerpts from its various departments:
1. Material culture: fashion items such as shoes, t-shirts, jewellery, flyers, magazines (ca. 1,500 objects)
2. Media and visual culture = media archive
a. Documentation of events (f. i. Mayday, WGT, Loveparade, Juicy Beats, Castle Rock)
b. Collection of online media created by teenagers (photographs, videos); key works of teenage online art; You- Tube Select: online video collection, and Best of Flickr: online photo collection, fan art
c. Music cultures