Maker figures out how to make crystal wings

After a lot of trial and error, Bobby Duke figured out how to mold and polish wings that shimmer like crystal. Watch as he adds them to the sculpture he made previously: Image: YouTube / Bobby Duke Arts
Tags: Art, Video, News, Sculpture, Maker, Resin, Bobby Duke

Hamilton Music Arranger Alex Lacamoire Breaks Down His Process

Music arranging is a science, and art, and an ability to stand back and respect the composer when the composer wants something different. Or: “Those are arrangement decisions, looking at how the song feels, looking at what key it’s in and looking at the what we call the routine of the song, you know, is it three courses, is it two courses? Do you end the song with a big bang for applause, or do you melt away and disintegrate a little bit to a quiet whisper? Those kinds of decisions are what arr...
Tags: Art, Music, 10.18.20, Hamilton Music Arranger Alex Lacamoire

The Real-Life, Self-Educated British Fossil Hunter Behind A New Movie

Mary Anning risked her life in fossil hunts, never gaining the recognition nor certainly the rewards that rich men in Britain won. She “was three things you didn’t want to be in 19th-century Britain – she was female, working class and poor.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Media, Britain, Mary Anning, 10.16.20

Finding The Satirical Line In A Seemingly Satire-Proof Time

It’s not easy out here for a novelist. “Good political satire should be imbued with the spirit of speaking truth to power. But what does that concept mean when the powerful are impervious to truth telling?” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Words, 10.17.20

Creative Capital – President and Executive Director

Creative Capital supports innovative and risk-taking artists across the country through funding, counsel, gatherings, and career development services. Based in New York City with broad national visibility and presence, its pioneering venture philanthropy approach helps artists working in all creative disciplines realize their bold visions and build sustainable careers. The organization began as an experiment to see how artists could benefit from the kind of opportunities afforded to entrepreneur...
Tags: Art, Jobs, New York City, Creative Capital, National Advisory Council, Bruce D Thibodeau, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, OrganizationCreative Capital, BenefitsCreative Capital, Exclusive Provider Organization EPO

When Even Socially-Distanced Dance Is Shut Down

KDH, an Austin, TX dance group “planned to present ‘At a Distance’ for free over the course of couple of weekends. The show would be pop-up style — informal, free and no seating would be offered. In fact, the dancers would move slowly down the lake to discourage any crowding along the lakeside. Kathy Dunn Hamrick didn’t publicize the plans widely, just a few social media posts. However, somehow, just days before the first the city’s Office of Special Events got wind of the performance plans. St...
Tags: Art, Austin, Dance, Hamrick, Kathy Dunn Hamrick, Stephen Pruitt, 10.16.20

A Critics’ List: Books To Read About Theatre

For now, if we can’t be inside the theatre, at least we can be all about it in our reading and our thinking. – Aisle Say
Tags: Art, Theatre, 10.18.20

Live-Streaming Concerts People Will Pay For

Some acts have reaped serious money from ticketed livestreams: Pollstar reports Laura Marling sold 4,500 (UK) tickets at £12 each for her show at London’s Union Chapel in June; YouTube says Japanese artist Reol made $130,000 from a livestream on its platform in August; and BTS’s management company Big Hit said they had 756,000 fans watch their Bang Bang Con live stream in June, each paying between 29,000 won (£19.41) and 39,000 won (£26.10), meaning a minimum gross of £14.6m. – The Guardian ...
Tags: Art, Music, UK, London, Youtube, Laura Marling, Pollstar, Union Chapel, Big Hit, 10.19.20, Reol

The Wow Factor In Martin Amis’ New Autofiction

The difference between autofiction and a “loosely” autobiographical novel, broadly speaking, is the difference between Amis’s new book and one he published ten years ago, “The Pregnant Widow.” Both tell the story of a middle-aged baby boomer looking back on a formative erotic encounter that took place in the nineteen-seventies, during the heyday of the sexual revolution. – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Words, Martin Amis, 10.19.20

Disney’s Pivot To Streaming Suggests Rough Times Ahead For Traditional Entertainment

Amongst its portfolio of businesses, Disney+ is the only clear winner, with the service gaining over 60.5 million members in just ten months since launch. The COVID-19 pandemic, on the other hand, crushed Disney’s cruise, theme park, cable TV, live sports, cinema and retail businesses, resulting in losses over US$4.7 billion in the financial quarter ended June 27. – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Media, Disney, US, 10.19.20

Fun To Think About: Are We Living In A Computer Simulation?

“Some have tried to identify ways in which we can discern if we are simulated beings. Others have attempted to calculate the chance of us being virtual entities. Now a new analysis shows that the odds that we are living in base reality—meaning an existence that is not simulated—are pretty much even. But the study also demonstrates that if humans were to ever develop the ability to simulate conscious beings, the chances would overwhelmingly tilt in favor of us, too, being virtual denizens inside...
Tags: Art, Ideas, 10.13.20

A Social Media Horror Story: “Our Social Dilemma”

In horror, “the narrative is driven by the question of whether the creature can be destroyed.” In The Social Dilemma, the creature is you and me, or at least the tech-addicted, algorithmically-modeled version of ourselves disclosed by big-tech behaviorism. So the film’s horrifying question is this: are you willing to destroy a part of yourself, that Twitter-refreshing creature within? – 3 Quarks Daily
Tags: Art, Media, Audience, 10.19.20

What Does It Mean To Make “Relevant” Art?

“Artists feel the anxiety of relevance during every season of fellowship applications, those rituals of supplication, when we have to make a case for ourselves in a way that feels entirely foreign, for me at least, to the real motivations of art. Why is this the right project for this moment? these applications often ask. If I had a question like that on my mind as I tried to make art, I would never write another word.” – Harper’s
Tags: Art, Ideas, Harper, 11.20

Wagner – Too Big To Cancel?

It is his instability—which enlists the audience in active and ongoing negotiation and interpretation, changing as we grapple with him at different historical moments—that makes him relevant. The music may be astonishing, the ideas volatile. Which will have the longer and more consequential afterlife? Perhaps more compelling than either, Ross suggests, is the irreconcilability of the problem. – Slate
Tags: Art, Music, Ross, Wagner, 10.17.20

Actors Unions Fight For Who Represents What

SAG-AFTRA, which has long claimed jurisdiction over the taping of live shows, offered Equity a limited waiver during the pandemic, but Equity rejected it, accusing SAG-AFTRA of “looking to use a pandemic to claim jurisdiction in Equity workplaces now and into the future in a way they haven’t had before,” and disrupting the relationship between employers and actors “that has existed for years, if not decades.” – Deadline
Tags: Art, Media, Equity, SAG AFTRA, AFTRA, 10.17.20

Reconnecting to Your “Why”

One of the founding pillars of motivation is purpose. According to Simon Sinek, “Everyone has a WHY—it is the purpose, cause or belief that drives every one of us.” It is from this driving force we find ourselves able to connect with the world at large. Likely, this is the very reason you are giving a presentation in the first place. It may be a stepping stone on your way, or your life’s work. Reconnecting to your “why” is a great place to start when feeling motivationally stuck. Whether craftin...
Tags: Motivation, Design, Uncategorized, Storytelling, Monday, Purpose, Presentation, Audience, Content Strategy, Simon Sinek, Speaking, Call To Action, Presentation Science, Presentation Design, Motivate, Motivation Monday

The Formerly A Bit Secretive, Now All Up On YouTube World Of Diary Hunters

Diaries come from estate sales and garage sales, from where they get bought and sold on eBay or elsewhere online. Some buyers read them as a series on their YouTube channels; others collect them for more altruistic reasons. “Although the trend is undeniably voyeuristic, many collectors have a grander purpose. Polly North is the 41-year-old director of the Great Diary Project. Since 2007, she has rescued more than 10,000 of them.” – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Ebay, Words, 10.18.20, Polly North

People Aren’t Flocking To Europe’s Open Museums

That’s probably good; who wants museums to be responsible for the spread of more Covid-19? And yet it’s also challenging for certain museums. Not great right now: “In recent years, however, governments in many countries, including the Netherlands, have been cutting support of museums, as politicians have encouraged the ‘American model’ of funding, with more reliance on earned income.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Europe, Netherlands, Visual, 10.19.20

The Photographer Who Took Original ‘Fatima’ Photo Says She’s Hurt By British Government’s Campaign

Photographer Krys Alex, on the subject, young dancer Desire’e Kelley: ““I immediately thought about Desire’e and how her face was just plastered all over social media and the internet, different news articles, and memes were created, and she had no clue. All of that really hurt me.” – Classic FM
Tags: Art, Dance, Kelley, Fatima, 10.16.20, Krys Alex

The Serious, Mysterious Autograph Collector

A jeweler started collecting autographs when he was a teenager. Eight presidents, many famous writers, Thomas Edison, and Sarah Bernhardt later, Lafayette Cornwell’s book was full – and a mystery. “How Cornwell organized the signatures in the book is as unclear as how he obtained so many.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Words, Thomas Edison, Cornwell, Sarah Bernhardt, 10.18.20, Lafayette Cornwell

The Great British Baking Show Still Somehow Makes Us Feel Good About Humanity

After all of these seasons, a switch from the BBC, the loss of the great Mary Berry (not to mention presenters Mel and Sue), and a barrage of other baking shows, how does the Great British Baking Show still do it? “To watch The Great British Baking Show is to believe that the average guy and gal can do remarkable things, that good nature is compatible with excellence, that high achievement will be recognized, that honest feedback can lead to improvement, that there are things to life beyond wor...
Tags: Art, Media, Bbc, Mary Berry, Mel, Audience, 10.18.20

Turner Winner Rachel Whiteread Urges Creative Young People Not To Give Up

The artist says that she’s been gaining comfort from doodling in her journal, not to mention new drawings and sculpture. But, in opposition to the offensive retraining advertisements the British government tried to put out a couple of weeks ago, she says that for young artists, “It is important they don’t give up on their dreams, and they follow through with what they have trained for.” – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Turner, Visual, Rachel Whiteread, 10.18.20

How The Church Of England Bought Into Beyonce’s All The Single Ladies And Justin Timberlake’s Sexyback

Wait a second, those royalties are going to whom? Well: “The church is one of hundreds of investors in a company called Hipgnosis, which, for the past three years, has been hungrily snapping up the rights to thousands of hit songs.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Music, England, Justin Timberlake, 10.16.20

Ruth Kluger, Author Of A Haunting Holocaust Memoir, 88

Kluger’s Still Alive redefined the genre. Her work “spared no one with its blunt and haunting narrative — not her cultured neighbors who stopped suppressing their latent anti-Semitism when Germany annexed Austria; not her adult relatives who she believed should have foreseen the ‘final solution’ for European Jews and fled the continent with their families; not her liberators who swiftly wearied of hearing about the Holocaust; not even her tormented self.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Germany, People, Austria, Kluger, 10.16.20, Ruth Kluger

A French Teacher Who Showed His Class Cartoons Of The Prophet Mohammed Was Beheaded

The history teacher’s lesson “was related to the ongoing trial over the 2015 attack at the Paris offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which came under fire for its caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. Islamist extremists killed 12 people, and 14 defendants stand accused of giving the gunmen logistical support.” Protests in support of the teacher erupted across France over the weekend. – NPR
Tags: Art, France, Paris, Mohammed, Issues, Charlie Hebdo, 10.18.20

In The U.S., Remote Western Areas Brace To Become Zoom Towns

Remote work changes how, and where, people live. But are towns near national parks or in resort areas remotely, so to speak, ready for an influx of workers from cities? Not even close. “Housing affordability and cost of living issues are a concern in gateway communities across the West.” – FastCompany
Tags: Art, Ideas, 10.17.20

After The Philip Guston Show Postponement, Artists Question Relationship With The National Gallery

The artists who signed a letter objecting to the postponement of a Guston show make a lot of potentially “controversial” art themselves, but “the artists are motivated by more than self-interest. They are concerned about the principle. And they are disgusted by institutional hypocrisy.” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Visual, Philip Guston, Guston

After The Philip Guston Show Postponement, Artists Grow Wary Of The National Gallery

The artists who signed a letter objecting to the postponement of a Guston show make a lot of potentially “controversial” art themselves, but “the artists are motivated by more than self-interest. They are concerned about the principle. And they are disgusted by institutional hypocrisy.” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, Philip Guston, Guston

The Writers Guild Wants Agencies To Resolve Their Conflicts Of Interest Now

The standoff about packaging has lasted 18 months, and the writers’ union wants it to end. The negotiating committee wrote, “CAA and WME enter these negotiations more deeply conflicted than any of the other agencies. … But that does not give them the right to come out on the other side of this process still conflicted.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, Caa, 10.16.20

The Playwright Who Is So Ready For Her Trump/Comey Play To Be Irrelevant

Anne Washburn thought Shipwreck, which she wrote in 2017, wouldn’t be relevant for long. Sadly, that hasn’t been the case; the themes of the Trump administration have been shockingly consistent. But she’s ready never to have to think about the play again. “If Trump is not president in January, I think we won’t want to think about him again for a long time.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Trump, Anne Washburn, 10.18.20

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