Do Cells Have Cognition?

The witty philosopher Sidney Morgenbesser once asked B F Skinner: ‘You think we shouldn’t anthropomorphise people?’– and we’re saying that biologists should chill out and see the virtues of anthropomorphising all sorts of living things. After all, isn’t biology really a kind of reverse engineering of all the parts and processes of living things? Ever since the cybernetics advances of the 1940s and ’50s, engineers have had a robust, practical science of mechanisms with purpose and goal-directedn...
Tags: Art, Ideas, Skinner, 10.12.20, Sidney Morgenbesser

The Serious Calculations Behind Allowing Performances Right Now

“Serious,” of course, is a cheater word that adds latitude to any discussion. At what point does a risk cease to be manageable and become serious? Many Canadians, pummeled by tendentious headlines and frightened by news anchors who have mastered the art of sounding ominous, have come to believe that there is no such thing as a COVID risk that fails to meet this threshold. The statistics bear looking at. – Scena Musicale
Tags: Art, Music, 10.14.20

Altruism Is Cool. But…

The effective altruism movement, which aims to help others as much as possible as effectively as possible, has a certain undeniable logic. So why hasn’t it caught on? A key reason is that it clashes with basic human morality. – Psyche
Tags: Art, Ideas, 10.13.20

This Year’s Most Unusual Tony Nominations

This year’s awards may go down in history as the taken-with-a-grain-of-salt Tonys. The pandemic that shut down Broadway on March 12 meant that some of the most interesting shows of the season could not be considered. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Theatre, Broadway, 10.15.20

The Battle of Baltimore: Former Museum Trustees Strike Back in the Deaccession Wars

Any museum official tempted to exploit the (so-called) permanent collection as a fungible commodity for bankrolling pet projects (however worthy) and bolstering the payroll should read and take heed of this six-page letter deploring the Baltimore Museum of Art’s planned disposals. – Lee Rosenbaum
Tags: Art, Baltimore, Ajblogs, Baltimore Museum of Art, 10.15.20

What Will Become Of The Restaurant Review Post-COVID?

As the priorities of culinary discourse shift, one of its most persistent debates has new wrinkles, too. The tradition of critic-bestowed ratings — stars, letter grades, numeric scales — has inspired close to a century of epicurean hand-wringing. We’ve never reached a consensus on the practice, pre-pandemic; will it serve any purpose at all in a post-COVID world? – Inside Hook
Tags: Art, Issues, 10.12.20

Bernard Herrmann’s “Whitman” — A Subversive Yet Inspirational Entertainment for Today

In 1944, Bernard Herrmann collaborated with the producer Norman Corwin on Whitman, a half-hour dramatic presentation invoking America’s iconic poet to rally the home front during World War II. It was heard by millions of listeners. It’s a classic exemplar of a forgotten creative genre: the radio drama. – Joseph Horowitz
Tags: Art, America, Ajblogs, Bernard Herrmann, Whitman, Norman Corwin, 10.15.20

Health Insurance For Performing Artists In U.S. Is Rickety Even In Good Times. Now It’s Near Collapse.

“The health care and retirement systems by which performing artists sustain themselves have fallen apart in the pandemic with potentially catastrophic results on both personal and systemic levels. There has to be a better way to do this.” Chris Jones explains how the crisis has come about, why a turf war between unions is making it worse, and why the public should care. – Chicago Tribune
Tags: Art, Issues, Chris Jones, 10.15.20

Please Take These Artifacts Back, They’re Under A Curse! Says Canadian Who Stole Them From Pompeii

“The 36-year-old woman, who gave only her first name of Nicole, sent a hand-written confession and apology along with the stolen objects — which include parts of an amphora vase, mosaic tiles, and shards of ceramics — to a travel agent in southern Italy, who then passed them along to officials. … She goes on to explain that she associates her youthful indiscretion with a long run of bad luck, including two bouts of breast cancer, a double mastectomy, and ongoing financial issues.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Italy, Pompeii, Visual, Nicole, 10.14.20

Fans Still Waiting For Ticket Refunds From TicketMaster Venue

Ticketmaster’s exposure to refund claims is uncertain. The company tells its customers that it pays refunds for all canceled shows in about 30 days. But the coronavirus shutdown has dealt a severe economic blow to Ticketmaster and its corporate parent, Live Nation Entertainment; the company reported that its revenue for the second quarter this year dropped 98 percent from the same period in 2019. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Issues, Ticketmaster, 10.14.20

The Lobotomizing Of Eva Perón (This Is Not A Metaphor)

Argentina’s most famous First Lady died of cervical cancer in July 1952, slightly less than a year after she was diagnosed. A researcher has found that, several weeks before her death, she was given a lobotomy, almost certainly without her consent. The ostensible reason was to alleviate her severe pain; just as likely, it was to stop the increasingly dangerous political activity she conducted from her sickbed. – Mental Floss
Tags: Art, People, Argentina, 10.10.20

Peru Opens Machu Picchu To A Patient Japanese Tourist

The 26-year-old arrived at the site just when it was shutting down seven months ago for the virus. He stayed, waiting, but was running out of money. The Peruvian government decided to let him visit… by himself. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Peru, Issues, 10.13.20

Once More Unto The Breach – Samurai Warriors Art Book Review

Once More Unto The Breach is a rich and fascinating exploration of two important Japanese cultural heritages; Samurai warriors and the woodblock printmaking art form of Ukiyo-E. I’ve always had a keen interest in both, having carved my own woodblock prints back in art school, but another reason is because of my recent time spent playing FromSoftware’s excellent video game Sekiro, which is based heavily on Japanese mythology. This book covers a very sizeable list of samurai warriors and heroes...
Tags: Art, Japan, China, Book Reviews, Painting, Illustration, Anime, Samurai, Hokusai, Samurai Warriors, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Ukiyo, Japanese Art, Amazon De, Nihonga

Letting a little light in

There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in Leonard Cohen First of all, thank you to everyone who’s said nice things about this new website. And more crucially, perhaps, to those with more suggestions on how to make it clearer still. Thankfully, the design is built for iteration, and so all suggestions, improvements and comments are welcome. The purpose behind redesigning the site is to create a space that naturally helps expand on the ideas that I’ve been pulling togethe...
Tags: Design, Marketing, Leonard Cohen, Phil, Miró, Jess, Rivetings, Making, Happy Startup

The Art Of Distraction In Learning Things

Remote learning renders presence theoretical, distraction all but inevitable, and eagerness an uphill climb. On Zoom, absolute receptivity is very difficult to achieve. Remote learning asks us, as Mary Cappello does, to reimagine the humanities lecture as a teaching tool that works even, or especially, for the distractible listener. To Cappello, in fact, distraction is the heart of the form. She argues that lectures are a tool for sparking thought, not for imparting information. – The Atlantic ...
Tags: Art, Ideas, Cappello, Mary Cappello, 10.13.20

The Foreign Language That Shaped India For Centuries Before English Arrived

Historian Richard M. Eaton argues that there are two languages whose epic literature, poetry, and corpus of law, ethics, and philosophy molded the civilization of the subcontinent and its peoples. The first, obviously, was Sanskrit. The second was, when it arrived, every bit as foreign as English and came to be used as widely and in similar ways. In fact, by the 19th century India had produced a major body of literature in this language, as well as far more dictionaries than its native country ...
Tags: Art, India, Words, Richard M Eaton, 10.14.20

Zoom Is Adding A Performance Option

If you’ve used apps like Eventbrite and Meetup, what’s on offer here will be familiar. As an attendee, you’ll find a space where you can discover new workshops, classes and other events to attend. You’ll be able to take part in them directly through Zoom and pay for them using a credit card or PayPal account. You also have the option to gift OnZoom tickets to your friends and family members. – Engadget
Tags: Art, Media, Paypal, Audience, 10.14.20

‘Sex And Consequences’, Isabella Rossellini’s New Streaming Theatre Piece For Farm Animals

Laura Collins-Hughes visits Rossellini’s Long Island farmstead to watch her and her co-stars — two dogs, six sheep, and however many chickens will cooperate — rehearse her new show, a sort of sequel to her famous Green Porno series, directed (over Zoom from California) by a Flying Karamazov Brother. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, California, Theatre, Long Island, Isabella Rossellini, Rossellini, Laura Collins Hughes, 10.11.20

‘Alien’, ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’, ‘TMNT’, and Harley Quinn Get New Posters From Bottleneck Gallery

Bottleneck Gallery, one of the best purveyors of pop culture art in the world, is back with a brand new set of art prints inspired by some of our favorite movies. Check out these pieces depicting interpretations of Ridley Scott’s Alien, Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Steve Barron’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and a mash-up of Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn from Birds of Prey and Heather Graham’s Rollergirl from Boogie Nights. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Artist...
Tags: Art, Movies, Horror, Sequels, Harley Quinn, Harrison Ford, Lucasfilm, Poster, Tmnt, Ridley Scott, Alien, Margot Robbie, Indiana Jones, Steven Spielberg, Jones, Cool Stuff

Envisioning A ‘Zoom-Plus’ Made For Virtual Performances

Ron Evans: “We’re still working around the fact that Zoom was not designed for a performing arts experience. What would things look like if the performing arts had a software platform of their own? … It’s clear that [it] would need new functionalities never seen before. But what exactly? I’ve put together a few thoughts.” – Arts Professional
Tags: Art, Issues, Audience, Ron Evans, 10.15.20

Kurdish-Language Play In Istanbul Banned Just Hours Before Curtain

“Beru, a Kurdish adaptation of Dario Fo’s 1981 satire Trumpets and Raspberries, was due to open at the city’s municipal theatre, marking the first time a Kurdish-language play had been staged in the institution’s 106-year history.” Turkey’s interior ministry tweeted that “a theatre play spreading the PKK terror organisation’s propaganda will [not] be allowed [in any language]”; one of the actors responded “The play by Dario Fo was performed in many languages all over the world. Why is it danger...
Tags: Art, Theatre, Turkey, Istanbul, Pkk, Dario Fo, 10.14.20

Hiring: Development Director

The Wilma Theater in Philadelphia seeks a knowledgeable, passionate fundraiser to serve as Development Director. The Wilma Theater creates living, adventurous art. We engage artists and audiences in imaginative reflection on the complexities of contemporary life. We present bold, original, well-crafted productions that represent a range of voices, viewpoints, and styles. The Wilma is currently in the second year of its “Next Chapter” initiative, led by a four-member Cohort of Co-Artistic Dire...
Tags: Art, Board of Directors, Jobs, Philadelphia, Wilma Theater, Wilma, Cohort of Co Artistic Directors, Tessitura Microsoft Office

Leveraging Presentation Notes

How do you use the presentation notes section in your slide software of choice? Some presenters choose to have text-heavy slides, leaving little to no need for presentation notes. Others keep their presentation notes heavily scripted. While it is important to have a general idea of what you are going to say during each slide, we think there may be a better way to utilize that helpful little box below. We want to challenge you to go through an exercise that may push you outside of your comfort zo...
Tags: Notes, Design, Ideas, Note Taking, Concepts, Presentation, Content Creation, Content Strategy, Speaking, Content Development, Presentation Science, Presentation Design, Prompts, Content Advice, Content Inspo, Presentation Notes

Investigation Clears Detroit Institute Of Arts Director Of Conflict Of Interest

“The inquiry by Crowell & Moring, hired by the DIA board, came after a June complaint by the nonprofit legal organization Whistleblower Aid was sent to the Internal Revenue Service and the Michigan attorney general. The complaint alleged conflict-of-interest violations tied to the loan of an El Greco painting to the museum by [director Salvador] Salort-Pons‘s father-in-law, Dallas businessman Alan M. May.” – The Detroit News
Tags: Art, Dallas, Michigan, Alan, Visual, Crowell Moring, Internal Revenue Service, DIA, Detroit Institute of Arts, El Greco, Salvador -RSB- Salort Pons

After Seven Dark Months, India’s Cinemas Are Open Again

“Nearly 10,000 theaters closed in mid-March following coronavirus restrictions. Now, they will become one of the last few public places to reopen outside high-risk areas. But they still pose some of the biggest infection risks: the virus can spread easily in closed spaces. To minimize the danger, seats are separated. Show timings will be staggered and digital payment encouraged. Masks and temperature checks are mandatory.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Media, India, 10.14.20

Quino obituary

Argentinian creator of Mafalda, Latin America’s most famous strip cartoon characterShe is a stumpy six-year old girl with a mop of black hair, innocent-looking saucer eyes and a broad smile. Like little girls everywhere, she asks awkward questions. Of her mother, busy doing the washing: “What would you be if you had a life?” Of her father: “How come in the family of man everyone wants to be the father?” The little girl is Mafalda, the creation of the Argentinian cartoonist Joaquín Salvador Lavad...
Tags: Design, Human Rights, Media, Americas, World news, Culture, Illustration, Art and design, Argentina, Mafalda, Quino, Latin America Continue, Joaquín Salvador Lavado Tejón, Mafalda Latin America

Bollywood Establishment Sues Two Indian News Channels For Defamation

“Monday’s lawsuit saw some of Bollywood’s biggest names, including superstar actors Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar, come together against news channels Republic TV and Times Now.” The case concerns the national frenzy of media speculation over the likely suicide of actor Sushant Singh Rajput in June. – AP
Tags: Art, Media, Akshay Kumar, Sushant Singh Rajput, Republic TV, 10.13.20, Aamir Khan Shah Rukh Khan Salman Khan

Is Playing In A Woodwind Quintet COVID-Safe? If You Do It Right, Yes, Says The Atlantic’s Resident Doctor

A reader writes to James Hamblin, a physician and the magazine’s medical writer, asking if it’s safe for her daughter’s quintet to practice in the backyard. Reviewing the evidence gathered so far, Hamblin responds, “Although there are no clearly documented cases of coronavirus transmission via woodwind, there is a lot of evidence of the benefit of kids studying musical instruments.” – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Music, Atlantic, Hamblin, James Hamblin, 10.14.20

50% Off Christmas Trees at Michaels!

Hurry, there is a a great Michael’s deal on Christmas Trees. Michael’s 50% Off Tree Event! Get Black Friday Prices Today! Free Shipping $59+ A few of the tree deals:   Learn some awesome tips and trips for shopping at Michaels too! For Even More Awesome Online Deals
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Denmark’s Utopian Garden City Built Entirely in Circles: See Astounding Aerial Views of Brøndby Haveby

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Henry Do (@henry_do) on Aug 21, 2019 at 9:02am PDT This unusual form, more of which you can see in Do’s drone photos at Lonely Planet, suits the long-established Danish cabin culture, according to which every city-dwelling Dane with the means buys a smaller second home in the countryside as a retreat. (Though the houses in Brøndby Haveby are owned, the gardens a...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Dane, Design, College, Architecture, Ikea, Denmark, Norway, Copenhagen, Seoul, Lonely Planet, Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Facebook Twitter, Michael Booth

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