ANJIN 1600

by Infinite Livez

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In 1688 the Swiss doctor Johannes Hofer coined the word 'nostalgia' to describe an acute homesickness he had observed in soldiers and other displaced Swiss nationals. Indeed, for many years nostalgia was considered a disease, one that could be treated with medication and even surgery. In her 2001 book The Future of Nostalgia, Svetlana Boym offers us a contemporary definition, writing that 'nostalgia (from nostos — return home, and algia — longing) is a longing for a home that no longer exists or has ever existed'. Boym demonstrates that nostalgia isn't necessarily grounded in historical, lived experience but can also relate to a fantasised or mythic past. Nostalgia, then, is not only understood as a sentiment of loss and displacement, but also as a romance with one's own fantasy. It is this understanding of nostalgia that seems to lie at the heart of David Blandy’s animated film ANJIN 1600 (2012).


released May 29, 2012

Lyrics and Production by Infinite Livez in conjuction with David Blandy for ANJIN 1600




Infinite Livez London, UK

Infinite Livez is a MC and artist who studied Chelsea Art College. His wide range of influences comes from such diverse sources as P- Funk and Surrealism. His first album "Bush Meat" was released on Big Dada Records in 2004 to immediate critical acclaim in the UK and abroad.

(PHOTO BY: Daniela Macé Rossiter)
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