Starving Artists and Design Students Can Afford This Cheap but Accurate Real-Life Color Picker

Check the camera roll on any designer’s smartphone and you’ll find hundreds of random images they snapped for inspiration or because they simply liked a color. But it’s not the best tool for the job. A dedicated color detector is far more accurate, and with Datacolor’s new ColorReader EZ, it’s no longer an obscenely…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Design, Color, Tech, Consumer Tech, Datacolor, Colorreader Ez

Mastering Audience Participation

Certain presentations lend themselves to the necessity of audience participation for success. Are you the first session back from lunch at an all-day conference? You may need to reign the audience back in from a social hour or help them avoid the post-food coma. If you find your presentation is in need of audience participation, consider these proven tactics for engagement that don’t feel forced or incite dread from your participants as so many do. Start early Set the precedent of an interacti...
Tags: Design, Poll, Engagement, Presentation, Polling, Engage, Participation, Speaking, Dynamic, Dynamic Style, Presentation Science, Presentation Design, Audience Engagement, Audience participation, Dynamic Presentations

Lessons For The Arts From The NBA’s “Bubble” Season

The achievements of the enterprise became evident as the playoff games got underway. The bubble games blended theatre and sports to create a hybrid performance space that offered a great “live” experience while protecting performers and audiences. Curtains and video screens masked empty seats in the auditorium. Digital logos and ads, lighting effects on the court, and amplified soundtracks with music, sound effects, and fan noises mimicked the feel of live games both for the players and for tho...
Tags: Art, Digital, Ideas, Nba, 09.21.20

Online Theatre Has Become Very Creative. But Can A Model To Support It Evolve?

The best of them have come in the shape of theatrical activism, especially amid the Black Lives Matter movement, made cheaply and with a speed that a live theatrical production could never match. These have included a YouTube series about racism experienced by British East Asians as a result of Covid-19, the Bush theatre’s The Protest after the killing of George Floyd, and Roy Williams’s 846, all of which combined the arts, politics and activism. There has also been the Almeida’s Shifting Tides...
Tags: Art, Theatre, Roy Williams, Audience, Bush, Almeida, George Floyd, 09.21.20

San Francisco Symphony, Opera Musicians Sign New, Reduced Contracts

“We voted to accept devastating changes to our existing contract,” stated a press release issued by the musicians. “Had we rejected these cuts — including 50% of our weekly salary for the fall season and deep but graduated cuts for the ensuing two years — we would immediately have been without any income or the guarantee of health coverage.” – San Francisco Examiner
Tags: Art, Music, San Francisco, 09.21.20

So Does This Mean Quibi Has Failed?

Launched in April 2020, Quibi has raised about $1.75 billion from major studios and other investors and has banked dozens of original series from Hollywood A-listers. The major question is who, exactly, would be interested in acquiring the struggling Quibi venture, given its untested business model and weak subscriber traction to date. – Variety
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Quibi, 09.21.20

The Benefits Of Reading Aloud

“A growing body of research suggests that we may be missing out by reading only with the voices inside our minds. The ancient art of reading aloud has a number of benefits for adults, from helping improve our memories and understand complex texts, to strengthening emotional bonds between people. And far from being a rare or bygone activity, it is still surprisingly common in modern life.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Words, 09.18.20

Featured Image: WordPress’ Best Underused Feature

With recent releases WordPress has been moving more and more away from being a basic blogging platform and into being a full-fledged CMS. This is especially true with the recent release of 3.0 and the merging of the regular and Multi-User versions of the product. However, one feature, implemented in WordPress 2.9, has a lot […] The post Featured Image: WordPress’ Best Underused Feature appeared first on
Tags: Design, Wordpress, Blogging, Build

How Music Schools Have Adapted Teaching To Deal With COVID

Heather O’Donovan: “Unlike six months ago, however, they’re prepared to face the challenges. I spoke with leadership at conservatories across the country to get a sense of how they’ve adapted to these unprecedented times. What they shared with me was a deeply heartening show of ingenuity, creativity, and resilience.” – WQXR (New York City)
Tags: Art, Music, 09.16.20, Heather O Donovan

How To Understand Beliefs In Fake News? How About The Physics Of Phase Transitions

Those holding odd beliefs are not typically less intelligent. An answer may be found in the way modern communication media have restructured society, leading to the process of opinion-formation no longer chiefly taking place at the individual, but at the collective level, largely unmoored from concerns of factuality and appropriateness. This is best understood by studying the physics of phase transitions. – 3 Quarks Daily
Tags: Art, Ideas, 09.21.20

David/Valda Over the Years

The screen announces “The Philadelphia Matter 1972/2020,” and glimpsed behind it is the large, alarmed face of its creator: choreographer David Gordon. The piece (no surprise) is propelled, guided, and shaped by words. Postmodern poetry — written and uttered by Gordon and/or his wife, Valda Setterfield — repeats and enlarges upon itself. – Deborah Jowitt
Tags: Art, Philadelphia, Ajblogs, Gordon, David Gordon, Valda Setterfield, 09.22.20, David Valda Over the Years

Holidays are canceled?

Many of us in the arts are cynical about holiday productions. But these performances are meaningful in the lives of our audiences and I think should be respected as such. I’ve been thinking abut what is lost when audiences miss out on holiday shows this year. – Hannah Grannemann
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, 09.22.20

The First Drive-In Book Festival

“The book lovers of Appledore, a picturesque fishing village on the north Devon coast, are a resourceful, determined lot. When their library faced closure 14 years ago, they helped save it by launching a literary festival, which grew and developed year by year into one of the most popular cultural events in the south-west of England. And when the 2020 Appledore book festival was threatened with cancellation because of the COVID crisis, they came up with the bold idea of holding a coronavirus-se...
Tags: Art, UK, England, Words, Audience, Devon Coast, Appledore, 09.18.20

How Local Museum Audiences Are Different From The Tourists

“The local audience is really the central audience. It’s an audience that has grown up with the institution and comes to you again and again. They have a much closer connection because they enjoy and notice constant changes within the institution. Their level of expectation is higher,” than, for example, a tourist who comes once every few years. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Visual, 09.18.20

Why Do Mixed-Genre Dance Companies Always Do Their Daily Classes In Ballet?

“That disconnect grows wider every year as contemporary choreographers look beyond ballet — if not beyond white Western forms entirely — in search of new inspiration and foundational techniques. Yet dancers at almost all of the world’s leading mixed-rep ensembles take ballet classes before rehearsals and shows. Most companies rarely depart from ballet more than twice a week and some never offer alternative classes.” This has, in fact, been a subject of debate since Diaghilev’s day. – Dance Maga...
Tags: Art, Dance, Diaghilev, 09.21.20

TV Cord-Cutting Has Accelerated During The Pandemic

“Consumers are choosing to cut the cord because of high prices, especially compared with streaming alternatives. The loss of live sports in H1 2020 contributed to further declines. While sports have returned, people will not return to their old cable or satellite plans.” – TechCrunch
Tags: Art, Media, Audience, 09.21.20

Congolese Activist Steals Artifacts From Museums To Protest Colonialism

Mwazulu Diyabanza, the spokesman for a Pan-African movement that seeks reparations for colonialism, slavery and cultural expropriation, is set to stand trial in Paris on Sept. 30. Along with the four associates from the Quai Branly action, he will face a charge of attempted theft, in a case that is also likely to put France on the stand for its colonial track record and for holding so much of sub-Saharan Africa’s cultural heritage — 90,000 or so objects — in its museums. – The New York Times ...
Tags: Art, France, Paris, Visual, Saharan Africa, 09.21.20, Mwazulu Diyabanza

Director Of ‘Cuties’ Explains Why She Made The Film

Maïmouna Doucouré: “Some people have found certain scenes in my film uncomfortable to watch. But if one really listens to 11-year-old girls, their lives are uncomfortable. We, as adults, have not given children the tools to grow up healthy in our society. I wanted to open people’s eyes to what’s truly happening in schools and on social media, forcing them to confront images of young girls made up, dressed up and dancing suggestively to imitate their favorite pop icon.” – The Washington Post ...
Tags: Art, Media, 09.15.20

Playing The Lead In America’s First Musical Staged Since COVID (Nah, No Pressure)

Nicholas Edwards, who took the role of Jesus in the Berkshire Theater Group’s socially distanced staging of Godspell this past summer: “Every day you feel like the whole world is watching you. … Usually the stage is a safe place where we feel most at home and normal, but it became a place where I was anxious all the time.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, America, Jesus, Berkshire Theater Group, Nicholas Edwards, 09.21.20

New Plymouth museum and art gallery opens with Mayflower and mammoths

Exhibition at the Box looks back 400 years to the settlers’ voyage to America and its effect on the indigenous peopleOne of the galleries features both a full-scale model of a woolly mammoth and a collection of tiny sea creatures pickled in jars that look more like an installation by Damien Hirst than a city museum exhibit.A second is dominated by a replica of the Mayflower, the ship that sailed from the UK to what is now the US exactly 400 years ago, but also highlights precious artefacts and i...
Tags: Art, UK, US, America, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Plymouth, Damien Hirst, New Plymouth, Mayflower

Jan Reid, One Of Texas’s Leading Writers, Dead At 75

“While best known for his observant, insightful and often hilarious magazine stories about the real Texas — its people and places — [in GQ, The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, and especially Texas Monthly], Reid authored such works as Let the People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards and The Bullet Meant for Me, his moving account of being shot and almost killed by a robber in Mexico City in 1998.” – The Dallas Morning News
Tags: Art, Texas, People, Mexico City, Reid, Ann Richards, 09.20.20, Jan Reid, New York Times Magazine Esquire

Smithsonian And V&A Call Off Their Joint Museum Plan

“The Smithsonian Institution and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London are abandoning plans to jointly curate a gallery in the planned V&A East museum, slated to open in East London in 2023. The proposed gallery was expected to draw from both institutions’ permanent collections to explore the impact of human life on the natural world.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, London, Victoria, East London, Visual, East, Smithsonian Institution, Albert Museum, 09.21.20

What Musicians Can Learn From the 1918 Pandemic

Thomas Wolf: “To the extent it was described to us in the younger generation, their travails were recounted as humorous stories with the suffering left out. It was only much later as I began my research about the family that I learned just how treacherous their journey had been.” – Nightingale Sonata
Tags: Art, Music, Thomas Wolf, 09.21.20

One-Third Of Musicians May Quit Profession Because Of COVID, Says UK Union

“A survey of 2,000 members of the Musicians’ Union found that 34% ‘are considering abandoning the industry completely’, because of the financial difficulties they face during the pandemic, as performance opportunities are severely curtailed. Almost half have already found work outside their industry, and 70% are unable to do more than a quarter of their usual work.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, Musicians Union, 09.22.20, UK Union

Explainer: All About Sacking Of Montreal Museum Of Fine Arts Director

Alex Greenberger lays out the background and history: why Nathalie Bondil had been so acclaimed before she was fired; the new curator and accusations of nepotism; counter-accusations of bullying; what the museum’s board is saying (publicly) about the matter; what the employees are saying (which is rather different). – ARTnews
Tags: Art, Montreal, Visual, Nathalie Bondil, Alex Greenberger, 09.21.20

Studios And Unions Reach Agreement On COVID Safety Rules To Restart Shooting

The pact between the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (the studios) and the unions IATSE, SAG-AFTRA, DGA, Basic Crafts, and the Teamsters includes mandatory testing protocols and other safety measures as well as arrangements for paid sick leave and quarantine pay. – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, Teamsters, Iatse, AFTRA, 09.21.20

RBG’s Death Could Change Intellectual Property Law

“On Oct. 7, the U.S. Supreme Court holds an oral argument in Google LLC v. Oracle America Inc., the most important copyright case in decades. It’ll now happen without the high court’s most fervently pro-copyright voice.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Issues, U S Supreme Court, Oracle America Inc, RBG, Google LLC, 09.21.20

Fired Director Sues Montreal Museum Of Fine Arts

“The ongoing controversy at the Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal has erupted into a legal battle as ousted director Nathalie Bondil sues her former employer for C$2 million ($1.5 million). Bondil’s complaint alleges that the museum board ‘orchestrated, led, and continues to lead an intentional campaign of defamation and destruction of her reputation.’ Bondil is seeking moral and punitive damages on the grounds of unfair dismissal and libel.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Montreal, Visual, Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal Museum Of Fine Arts, Bondil, Nathalie Bondil, 09.21.20

Are your eyes playing tricks? The early work of Olivo Barbieri – in pictures

The Italian photographer shot the everyday – from cars in the suburbs to stacks of watermelons. Yet somehow his images make you question reality... Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Books, Photography, Society, World news, Culture, Art and design, Italy, Exhibitions, Olivo Barbieri, Art and design books

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