States of Independence launches on Dazed

Declare independence with our summer season of American creativity, kicking off today

Today, Dazed launches its biggest ever digital-first project: a six-week long celebration of American radicalism, youth and pop culture under the banner States of Independence, culminating in our new-season issue, out on 7th August. 

To take the pulse of independence stateside, we’ve partnered with 30 institutions, creatives and curators, from digital art collective DiS to downtown designer Telfar, New York's Know Wave radio to Los Angeles’s Museum of Contemporary Art, alt pornstar Stoya to Brooklyn’s finest record labels. Day-by-day, they’ll be giving us their view on their country, across art next week, film from July 14th, books the week of the 21st, sex the week after, fashion from the fourth August, ending with a week on music from the 11th August. 

Alongside that we’ve invited 50 underground heroes to answer our Proust-style questionnaire on the State of the Union, visited the most fractious and thrilling places to be young in the nation and surveyed the best photo graduates from America’s foremost art schools. Dazed Vision, meanwhile, will be dyed red-white-blue, with an all-American programme of Doc Xs and Visionaries, lead by the launch of Road Trips: a series of video journeys across the continent by some of the most potent film voices today. Across our social channels, we'll be running searches for your view on that big old country – check our pages on Instagram and Tumblr for more details. 

We’ll start rolling this season out from Monday with art week, but dig into our kick off content with Roman Coppola’s review of Independence Day fireworks, comedian Casey Jane Ellison on the perfect July 4th party, a photo road trip from Australians abroad Ryan Kenny and Luke Bryne, and our latest Visionary, Sougwen Chung. We've also cherry-picked our favourite USA-themed tracks in our staff-selected Stars and Stripes playlist to soundtrack your day's celebrations.