'I go out to the beach to dance': Australian artists contemplate their lives – and careers – post Covid

From Twitch streams to audiobook recordings, performers across the arts have had to find new ways to create – and new career avenues for the futureHobart, Tasmania Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Comedy, Theatre, Australia news, Dance, Culture, Stage, Tasmania, Coronavirus outbreak

The Monuments America Needs?

When we speak of monuments in America, we’re often talking about structures such as statues, obelisks, and memorials that celebrate a relatively narrow band of our history: the Civil War, the First and Second World Wars, the civil-rights era. Our monumental landscape preserves a sense that we are an exceptional, upstart nation. (American civilization may not boast standing stones that date back to the prehistoric era, but we do have Carhenge.) – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, America, Visual, 09.15.20

Virtual Theatre As An Opportunity Space

“We’re working with authors, artists and companies we’ve always wanted to and reaching audiences around the world in numbers that would be completely unattainable with previous ways of working. This is our working practice now. It’s not an addition – it is the core.” – The Stage
Tags: Art, Theatre, 09.14.20

The architecture group behind some of Apple's most iconic stores designed a face visor — take a look

Face visor. Aaron Hargreaves / Foster + Partners Foster and Partners has designed some of Apple's most iconic buildings, including the Fifth Avenue store. The studio recently designed a sleek face shield prototype to protect against COVID-19. The design uses laser cutting machines as an alternative to 3D printing.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Face coverings, particularly N95 masks and surgical masks, have become more crucial than ever due to the coronavirus. Earlier...
Tags: Apple, Design, Singapore, New York City, Trends, Tech, Features, Architecture, Partners, Fifth Avenue, Foster, Face Mask, Tech Insider, Foster And Partners, Mary Meisenzahl, COVID-19

Clarinetist Anthony McGill Wins $100,000 Avery Fisher Prize

Mr. McGill was the Philharmonic’s first Black principal musician when he joined in 2014; he is currently its only Black player. He appears at David Geffen Hall and elsewhere as a concerto soloist, and is in a trio with his brother, Demarre McGill — the principal flute of the Seattle Symphony — and the pianist Michael McHale. In 2009, he performed at Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Barack Obama, Mcgill, Seattle Symphony, Philharmonic, David Geffen Hall, Anthony McGill, Demarre McGill, Michael McHale, 09.15.20

US Senate Report On Money Laundering Contains Warning For Art Market

Focusing on purchases of art from major auction houses by Arkady and Boris Rotenberg, two Russian nationals described as ‘oligarchs’ by the report, the Subcommittee makes a series of pronouncements about the supposed prevalence of money laundering in the art market, and the need for regulation to address this perceived problem. – Apollo
Tags: Art, US Senate, Visual, Subcommittee, Arkady, Boris Rotenberg, 09.14.20

Audience-Centered Storytelling

When preparing a presentation, we always suggest keeping your intended audience in mind. In today’s world, this is harder than ever because many presentations have been moved from in person to online. Let’s be honest, Zoom can feel impersonal and somewhat alienating to both the presenter and the audience. A great fix to bridge this gap is engaging in audience-centered storytelling. Let’s dive in to a few easy ways to implement this. Using “You” Language As we know, including your audience in y...
Tags: Design, Uncategorized, Storytelling, Presentation, Audience, Thought Leadership, Speaking, Presentation Hacks, Presentation Design, Audience-focused Presentation, Audience-centered

JK Rowling Under Attack For Character In Her New Book

Penned under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, Troubled Blood is Rowling’s fifth book to feature private investigator Cormoran Strike. An early review of the book by Telegraph writer Jake Kerridge described it as featuring a “transvestite serial killer,” which inspired readers’ anger and spawned the Twitter hashtag #RIPJKRowling — a tongue-in-cheek commentary on the author’s career. – CBC
Tags: Art, Twitter, Telegraph, Words, Rowling, JK, Robert Galbraith, Jake Kerridge, 09.15.20

Syracuse Refuse: Everson Museum Discards its Pollock to “Address Inequality” & Pursue the New

I’ve been planning to call out the lamentable decision of the Everson Museum in Syracuse to jettison its only Jackson Pollock painting “in order to refine, diversify, and build the museum’s collection for the future” (in the words of the museum’s self-justification). – Lee Rosenbaum
Tags: Art, Syracuse, Jackson Pollock, Ajblogs, Pollock, Everson Museum, 09.15.20, Everson Museum Discards

The Wagner Problem

By making music ideological and semantic in new ways, Wagner made it much easier to talk and write about—which is one reason why he has always been so appealing to intellectuals. A book like Alex Ross’s Wagnerism, a survey of Wagner’s influence on art and ideas over the last 150 years, could not be written about any other composer. – The New Republic
Tags: Art, Music, Alex Ross, Wagner, 09.14.20

Old White Lighthouse Gets Wildly Colorful New Paint Job (And Some Critics Blanch)

“For almost a century, the lighthouse, near the Cantabrian town of Ajo, was a mute, monochrome sentry beaming its light out over the Atlantic. Now … the 16-metre tower is a collision of colours, geometric shapes and animals, which is intended to boost visitor numbers to one of the lesser known spots on the [northern] coast of Spain.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Spain, Atlantic, Visual, Ajo, Blanch, 09.13.20

Alex Ross: Classical Music Grapples With Race

Since nationwide protests over police violence erupted, in May and June, American culture has been engaged in an examination, however nominal, of its relationship with racism. Such an examination is sorely needed in classical music, because of its extreme dependence on a problematic past. – The New Yorker
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Bill T. Jones Dances With Rice

Well, to be truthful, it’s his performers who are engaging the grain directly. Artist Lee Mingwei’s performance installation Our Labyrinth, a meditative ritual in which performers sweep a mound of rice across a floor, has arrived at the Met Museum. Met Live Arts director Limor Tomer got the idea to add movement by Jones, who says he isn’t changing Lee’s piece but rather “infecting” it. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, Jones, Rice, Lee, Bill T Jones, 09.15.20, Lee Mingwei, Met Museum Met Live Arts, Limor Tomer

Wooden Melania Trump statue replaced with bronze after arson attack

Original carving near US first lady’s hometown in Slovenia was badly damaged in fireA bronze statue of the US first lady, Melania Trump, has been unveiled near her hometown in Slovenia, to replace a wooden carving of her that was burnt in an arson attack two months ago.The new work – like the original – is a collaboration between Brad Downey, a Berlin-based artist from Louisville, Kentucky, and a local craftsman, Ales “Maxi” Zupevc, who have invited residents of Melania’s hometown of Sevnica to ...
Tags: Art, Europe, Berlin, US, World news, US news, Slovenia, Melania Trump, Louisville Kentucky, Melania, Sevnica, Brad Downey, Rozno

The “Festival Of Brexit” – Will It Really Bring The Country Together?

Ever since Theresa May announced a huge national event celebrating our departure from the EU, set for 2022 and with a budget of £120m, it’s acquired that nickname, suggestive of drizzle, stale pies and being forced to listen to Rule Britannia (with the words) on loop. Even the organisers are keen to stress that the current working title is actually Festival UK. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Eu, Ideas, Theresa May, 09.13.20

As Ever More Viewing Happens Online, Will The French Drift Away From Dubbed Films And TV?

“As streaming platforms take over more and more of the screen time in France, some fear the curtain will fall over the French dubbing industry as more people get used to watching subtitled versions of films rather than the VF (version française).” In fact, the voice-over/dubbing industry is growing, with demand for its services high. Here’s why. – The Local (France)
Tags: Art, Media, France, Audience, 09.14.20

Where Can You Get A Ruth Bader Ginsburg Sculpture?

The Notorious R.B.G. has crossed the world of art.
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The Puzzling Connection of Translating Our Thoughts Into Words

The gulf between our solitary thoughts and the words that would convey them to others constantly confronts us all. The thoughts we struggle to articulate might be as momentous as a transformative moral epiphany or as ordinary as an insight into a movie or the hurtful behaviour of a friend. – Aeon
Tags: Art, Ideas, 09.14.20

David Byrne’s American Utopia: A Sneak Preview of Spike Lee’s New Concert Film

First came the album and tour in 2018. Then the Broadway show in 2019. And now the latest incarnation of David Byrne's American Utopia--the concert film directed by Spike Lee. Debuting on HBO Max on October 17th, this Spike Lee joint shows David Byrne "joined by an ensemble of 11 musicians, singers, and dancers from around the globe, inviting audiences into a joyous dreamworld where human connection, self-evolution, and social justice are paramount." If the movie is anything like the tou...
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Goodreads Is A Hopeless, Malfunctioning Mess. Is There Another Option?

The site was a great idea when it was launched in 2007; by 2013, when Amazon bought it, there were 15 million users. But the new owners seem to have done little with it: users frequently can’t find titles they want or get messages sent to other members; the site design “is like a teenager’s 2005 Myspace page”; Amazon either can’t or hasn’t bothered to create an algorithm that doesn’t spit out countless irrelevant recommendations. “But new competitors continue to enter the book-tech fray, and one...
Tags: Amazon, Art, Words, Audience, 09.10.20

Study: Listening To Mozart As A Treatment For Epilepsy

They found that listening to Mozart, especially on a daily basis, led to a significant reduction in epileptic seizures, and also to a reduced frequency of abnormal brain activities in epileptic patients (called interictal epileptiform discharges, which are commonly seen in epileptic patients). These effects occurred after a single listening session and were maintained after a prolonged period of treatment. – Eureka
Tags: Art, Music, Mozart, 09.11.20

Terence Conran, Whose Stores Brought Contemporary Design To The General Public, Dead At 88

“Before Martha Stewart and Marie Kondo were giving advice on household design, before Julia Child was teaching the art of French cooking on television, there was Terence Conran. … He took his ideas around the world and once owned an empire of 90 stores with annual revenue of more than $2 billion. Calling himself a ‘hard-working hedonist,’ he opened more than 50 restaurants, wrote more than 40 books, ran a design studio and later an architecture and urban planning firm. All of it was built on th...
Tags: Art, Martha Stewart, People, Terence Conran, Julia Child, Marie Kondo, 09.13.20

The Curious Death of Vincent van Gogh

The story of Vincent van Gogh’s suicide, like the removal of his ear, has been integral to his mythos for a long time, immortalized by Kirk Douglas in the final scene of Vincente Minnelli’s film Lust for Life and in the 1934 biographical novel of the same name by Irving Stone. We’ve all accepted this as brute historical fact, but, apparently, “it’s all bunk,” Gregory White Smith and Steven Naifeh wrote in a 2014 Vanity Fair article based on a decade of research for a new biography (Van G...
Tags: Google, Art, College, History, Paris, Smith, Vanity Fair, Van Gogh, Facebook Twitter, Vincent Van Gogh, Kirk Douglas, Josh Jones, Naifeh, Theo, Vincente Minnelli, Steven Naifeh

Time To Stop Apologizing For Online Performances And Start Turning Them Into A New Genre

Peter Dobrin: “We should think of this as a research-and-development phase long overdue. Online performances won’t sink or swim based on how well they replicate live ones. … More important … is the question of whether a new breed of production designers and directors can give viewer-listeners something different from live performance.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, Issues, Audience, Peter Dobrin, 09.13.20

The tCentric Hybrid Office Chair Is Pricey, Comfy, and Built Like a Tank

Some people swear by the Aeron. Others sit on balls. And others purposefully destroy themselves on chairs from hell. But one thing is certain: a good, solid office chair is your work-from-home friend.Read more...
Tags: Science, Design, Chairs, Consumer Tech, WFH, Ergocentric Tcentric Hybrid Review

Making Romance Languages Gender-Neutral Is A Tricky Business, But Some Folks Are Trying

English has some nouns and adjectives that apply strictly to one gender, but the languages descended from Latin are full of them, especially when referring to occupations. Here’s how some queer activists and linguists are trying to address that issue in Spanish (notably in Argentina), Portuguese, French, Italian, Catalan, and (trickiest of all) Romanian. – Global Voices
Tags: Art, Argentina, Words, 09.11.20

'Family Balloon Night' really blows things up

Master balloon artist Dave Brenn can help you and your family have a fantastic night of fun. It takes about two weeks for the supplies to arrive at your home, and then schedule your video lesson — in no time (minus two weeks) at all, you'll be making some awesome balloon animals. Maybe not this cool:
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London’s West End Starts Announcing Reopenings, Even As COVID Cases Rise

The theatrical corporation Nimax announced that it would open the doors of six of its West End theatres, restarting such shows as Six (the pop musical about Henry VIII’s wives), The Play That Goes Wrong, and Magic Goes Wrong at roughly half the usual seating capacity. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, London, Theatre, Henry Viii, 09.14.20, Nimax, Magic Goes Wrong

This $59 clear silicon face mask on Kickstarter has already raised more than $320,000 from backers and is being tested by labs at MIT — see how it works

See Us 95. SEEUS95 A former Columbia professor developed the Seeus95, an adhesive silicon mask without earloops. It's made of silicone and chitosin, a polymer used to heal skin. The project has raised over $300,000 on Kickstarter. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Masks work to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by blocking contagious particles, and the CDC recommends everyone wear them to decrease transmission of the virus when social distancing is impossible.Medical grade N...
Tags: New York, Design, Cdc, Trends, Tech, Features, Mit, Kickstarter, Columbia, Parsons, Chun, Chitosan, Face Mask, Tech Insider, Alice Min Soo Chun, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

How Do London’s Theatre Workers Feel About Reopening Before The Virus Is Contained?

Relieved. Worried. Excited. Frustrated. In short, ambivalent. “Performers are constantly living on the edge, even without COVID so now there’s even more pressure than ever to get back to work.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, London, Theatre, 09.14.20

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