The Latest Music Piracy: Stream-Ripping

Called stream-ripping, it accounts for 80% of copyright infringement among the biggest piracy sites, according to a recent report by the PRS. Stream-ripping websites make money from advertisers, touting a mix of legitimate products, scams and pornography. Over the past three years, the use of it has increased by 1,390%, says the report. – BBC
Tags: Art, Music, 09.28.20

The Writer-Diplomat Tradition

The writer-diplomat tradition, though largely ignored in the history of letters, has been critical to the development of many European and Latin American writers. Eight poets with diplomatic experience, including Octavio Paz and Czeslaw Milosz, have won the Nobel Prize for Literature. – Robert Fay
Tags: Art, Words, Octavio Paz, Czeslaw Milosz, 09.25.20

What Theatre Can Learn From Role-Play Games

“We believe that theatre artists could learn something from the collaborative storytelling techniques employed in tabletop role-playing games. As professional dramaturgs and gamers ourselves, it’s easy to see that theatre and TTRPGs share obvious points of overlap.” – Howlround
Tags: Art, Theatre, 09.27.20

Carrie Mae Weems Wields Art Against COVID

There is no time for being artsy or coy, one might argue, when so many people are dying. This project also reveals a certain degree of modesty on Weems’ part — almost no one who drives past the billboards will know that an artist is responsible, as her name only appears in small letters at the bottom of each frame. – Dallas Morning News
Tags: Art, Dallas, Visual, Weems, Carrie Mae Weems, 09.25.20

The Met Opera Shutdown – Time For A Needed Reset

“If this devastating shutdown forces the Met to grapple with its role in American society and to shift the overwhelmingly traditional template of its programming, then there will have been an important upside to the crisis. The prestigious, gilded Met has hardly been a trailblazer in this regard, but it could set an example for other American opera companies and orchestras to use this time to think about — and rethink — their offerings.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, 09.29.20

Why Spotify Has Successful Artists Named ‘White Noise Baby Sleep’ And ‘Jazz Therapy For Cats’

“You’ve probably never heard of them, but Relaxing Music Therapy has had a pretty damn successful music career. At least, on Spotify. This ‘artist’ has more than 500,000 monthly listeners on the platform, all thanks to One Simple Trick: optimizing their name to show up prominently in Spotify’s search results.” – OneZero
Tags: Art, Spotify, Music, Audience, 09.22.20

How COVID Scrambled How Hollywood Finances Projects

COVID-19 has upended the revenue streams that Hollywood could once depend on. As theaters have yet to fully reopen and draw film fans, studios have had to find other ways to release their movies and recoup investments. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, 09.28.20

On Aesthetics, Ethics, Economics, and Consequential Decisions of Cultural Leaders in the Long Now

Missions are squishy; buildings and bottom lines are not. Judgments about art are subjective. Human beings are often self-interested. The nonprofit form lends itself to manipulation and to serving the interests of a few rather than the general public. Arts organizations need to be aware of these dynamics and can’t hang their hats on mission statements and values statements as enough to keep them moored to their purposes. – Diane Ragsdale
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Long Now, 09.29.20

Bad Sign For London’s West End: ‘The Mousetrap’ Calls Off Reopening

“Agatha Christie’s whodunnit, the longest-running play in the world, had been due to welcome socially distanced audiences at St Martin’s theatre from 23 October onwards. However, its producer Adam Spiegel announced on Tuesday that it would now be postponed ‘in view of the current uncertainty and with greater restrictions looming for London’.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, London, Theatre, Agatha Christie, St Martin, 09.29.20, Adam Spiegel

St. Louis Public Radio Ousts Its Leader

The flap between Tim Eby and some of his workers came to light in early August when journalists and producers of color complained about unfair treatment. – St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Tags: Art, Media, St Louis Public Radio, 09.28.20, Tim Eby

Artemisia Gentileschi’s Life Story Is So Much More Than The Rape Everyone Focuses On Today

“The turmoil of Artemisia’s early life — and the remarkable evidence of it that survives — has inevitably overshadowed the less sensational, and less documented, narrative of what followed. Nevertheless, her later career was extraordinary, and it is reasonable to conclude that the fact of having been raped was less significant to Artemisia’s sense of self than some of her modern champions have suggested.” – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, People, Artemisia, 09.28.20

How America’s Literary Programs Made The World Smaller

Even today, the institutions of creative writing in the United States reflect their origins in the Cold War. In the 1940s and 1950s, early advocates for such programs, including Paul Engle at Iowa and Wallace Stegner at Stanford, shared a common vision for American culture with the internationalists of the Truman and Eisenhower administrations and influential philanthropic foundations. – Chronicle of Higher Education
Tags: Art, Stanford, America, United States, Iowa, Words, Eisenhower, Truman, Wallace Stegner, Paul Engle, 09.28.20

The Flaws And Blemishes Of Thinking Scientifically

Philosophers of science tend to irritate practicing scientists, to whom science already makes complete sense. It doesn’t make sense to Michael Strevens. “Science is an alien thought form,” he writes; that’s why so many civilizations rose and fell before it was invented. In his view, we downplay its weirdness, perhaps because its success is so fundamental to our continued existence.” – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Ideas, 09.28.20, Michael Strevens

Here’s One Book Publisher Getting Through The Pandemic On Sales Of (Believe It Or Not) Poetry

Well, one kind of poetry in particular — that of Rupi Kaur, who is so popular that her most recent collection knocked Dr. Seuss off the top of Amazon’s poetry bestseller list. (Her two previous books are no. 5 and no. 8.) “For Kaur’s publisher, Andrews McMeel Publishing, this kind of immediate market impact has become customary.” – Publishers Weekly
Tags: Amazon, Art, Words, Andrews McMeel Publishing, Seuss, Kaur, Rupi Kaur, 09.25.20

The BBC Anchors The Entire British Media. Now It May Be In Real Danger.

“The world’s largest broadcaster, the BBC has remained iconic through the generations — criticized regularly, of course, but nonetheless capturing the trust and attention of Britons like nothing else. Now, though, it’s facing a remarkable array of new private-sector competitors — and public-sector overseers — that all seem to have Auntie Beeb, in various ways, in their sights. And that puts one of the core purposes of a public service broadcaster — serving as a central, trustworthy anchor in a ...
Tags: Art, Media, Bbc, 09.28.20, Auntie Beeb

America’s 100 Most Banned And Challenged Books Of The Decade

Each year for Banned Books Week, the American Library Association releases a list of the books that offended parents or patrons tried most often to have removed from schools and libraries; for 2020, the ALA has compiled a list covering the 2010s as a whole. As usual, Huck Finn and To Kill a Mockingbird are there, as are Fun Home and the kids’ book about the gay penguins in Central Park, but top of the list is Sherman Alexie’s award-winning The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. (The r...
Tags: Art, America, Words, Central Park, Ala, Huck Finn, Sherman Alexie, 09.28.20, Banned Books Week the American Library Association

Turns Out Edward Hopper’s Earliest Paintings Are Copies Of Others’ Work

“Most grad students in art history dream of discovering an unknown work by whatever great artist they are studying. Louis Shadwick has achieved just the opposite.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Edward Hopper, Visual, 09.28.20, Louis Shadwick

Pantone launches new shade of red to end menstruation stigma

Campaign by colour matching company aims to ‘emboldens people who menstruate to feel proud of who they are’Pantone has unveiled a new shade of red inspired by the colour of women’s periods, as part of a new campaign to end the stigma associated with menstruation.The company, which has the biggest colour matching system in the world, relied on by the global design industry, from graphic design to fashion, product design to printing, said the new shade was “an active and adventurous red hue” that ...
Tags: Design, Women, Life and style, Society, Culture, Art and design, Menstruation

These Artists Turned Medical Bills Into Art And Sold Them To Pay The Debt

MSCHF, the group responsible for stunts like Finger on the App and MasterWiki, is bringing attention to the failures of the American healthcare system with Medical Bill Art. Three real medical bills were rendered into oil paintings and sold for the amount of money owed via the art market. The work is aptly called 3 Medical Bills. – Mashable
Tags: Art, Visual, 09.28.20

Judge Tosses Out Suit Against New York City Ballet Over Sexting Scandal

In 2018, after now-former City Ballet principal Chase Finlay sent nude images of his ex-girlfriend, Alexandra Waterbury, to two of his colleagues, Waterbury sued all three men as well as the company and its ballet school, where she had previously been a student. The judge on the case has now dismissed all claims against the company, the school, and the other two dancers as well as six of Waterbury’s seven claims against Finlay, allowing to proceed only the charge that Finlay violated “a city ad...
Tags: Art, Dance, Waterbury, New York City Ballet, Finlay, City Ballet, Chase Finlay, Alexandra Waterbury

Minnesota Orchestra Musicians Accept 25% Pay Cut

“In a deal announced Monday, the orchestra’s board and union musicians ratified [a two-year contract extension] outlining work rules and compensation cuts during a pandemic that has taken a financial toll, nixing live audiences through at least the fall. If, after a year, the whole orchestra returns to performing for full audiences, those pay cuts would be reversed.” – The Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Tags: Art, Music, Minnesota, Star Tribune, 09.28.20

Germany Adds Even More Money To Its Arts-And-Culture Budget

As the arts sectors in the rest of the world look on and sob, “the German federal government has announced that it will increase its culture and media budget by more than €120 million ($140 million) in 2021, bringing the culture ministry’s total budget up to €1.94 billion ($2.26 billion). … Culture minister Monika Grütters says that such a strong budget for the final year before the German elections underscores the country’s commitment to culture, especially on top of its existing billion-dolla...
Tags: Art, Germany, Issues, Monika Grütters, 09.24.20

Is Putin’s Plan To Build Cultural Centers All Over Russia About To Fall Apart?

“Russian president Vladimir Putin’s 120bn ruble ($1.6bn) project to build a string of regional cultural centres with branches of leading federal museums and theatres has come under fire after … two dozen former staff members of the National Cultural Heritage Foundation, which is building the centres with funding from Russian state oil and gas profits, said that 120 contracts had been terminated in June with no notice, no severance pay and four months of salary arrears.” – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Issues, 09.28.20, National Cultural Heritage Foundation

A futuristic glass skyscraper shaped like a blooming flower is being built on one of Hong Kong's most expensive plots of land – here's an early look

Render by Arqui9 / Zaha Hadid Architects Zaha Hadid Architects has revealed the design for a 36-story glass tower in Hong Kong inspired by a budding flower. Set to open by 2022 on a city block in Hong Kong Central, according to design magazine Dezeen, the tower will serve as an urban oasis. Here's an early look at the tower, which will come with tree-filled balconies, an above-ground running track, and rooftop banquet hall. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.   Zaha Had...
Tags: Travel, Google, Asia, Hong Kong, Real Estate, Design, Life, International, City, Trends, Features, Architecture, Urban Planning, Miami, Skyscraper, Zaha Hadid

How Storyboarding Works: A Brief Introduction to How Ridley Scott, Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson & Other Directors Storyboard Their Films

When you're making a film with complex shots or sequences of shots, it doesn't hurt to have storyboards. Though professional storyboard artists do exist, they don't come cheap, and in any case they constitute one more player in the game of telephone between those who've envisioned the final cinematic product and the collaborators essential to realizing it. It thus greatly behooves aspiring directors to develop their drawing skills, though you hardly need to be a full-fledged draftsman li...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Star Wars, Christopher Nolan, Film, College, Akira Kurosawa, Ridley Scott, Seoul, Coen Brothers, Werner Herzog, Facebook Twitter, Bong Joon, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles

Bruce Nauman: 'Jasper Johns poured me a few bourbons – and my legs gave way'

He is a titan of the artworld whose work can be savage, prescient or slapstick. Ahead of a major show, the US artist looks back on studio stunts and liquid lunches with legendsBruce Nauman is telling me a story from his childhood. “I had a friend in high school who was a little bit of a loner,” says the artist, speaking by phone from New York. “If someone hit him with a snowball when we were walking to school, he wouldn’t just throw a snowball back, he’d attack. He’d get ’em down on the ground a...
Tags: Art, New York, London, Video Art, US, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Exhibitions, Tate Modern, Performance art, Jasper Johns, Nauman, Bruce Nauman

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