Time To Take Out The “Word Trash”

Here’s why word trash is a problem: If language isn’t specific, it’s hard for us to connect with it—and with each other. And it’s 2020, which for some of us has been a year already devoid of physical contact. – Fast Company
Tags: Art, Words, 11.02.20

Professional Etch A Sketch artist finally dismantled one

Etch A Sketch art can be preserved and framed through a technique pros call "drill and drain," but it's long been a dream to dismantle them while preserving the art. Princessetch shows us how she finally did it. There's a small crack on the face, but it's a promising development! — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Video, News, Etch A Sketch, Princessetch

Composer Osvaldo Golijov Was A Rising Star. Then Ten Years Of Silence

“I was really depressed,” Mr. Golijov, 59, said by phone recently, of his creative drought. “That is the shortest answer.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Osvaldo Golijov, Golijov, 11.04.20

Why Should Art Need To Be “Relevant”?

“The common forebear of both “relevant” and “relieve” is the French relever, which meant, originally, to put back into an upright position, to raise again, a word that twisted through time, scattering meanings that our two modern words have apportioned between them: to ease pain or discomfort, to make stand out, to render prominent or distinct, to rise up or rebel, to rebuild, to reinvigorate, to make higher, to set free.” – Harper’s
Tags: Art, Ideas, Harper, 11.20

The Fantasy Of QAnon (But A Sick One)

“QAnon is a joke. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make its long game of postmodern chaos magick any less dangerous. This is the latest iteration of the lulz agenda, following from the Great Meme War of 2015–16—the alt-right deployment of Pepe the Frog to influence Trump’s election—and the leftist hacktivist Anonymous’s radical trolling operations circa 2008–12 (all offspring of 4chan).” – ArtForum
Tags: Art, Anonymous, Issues, Pepe, Trump, 11.20

The “Me Industrial Complex”

“On the internet, another name for confession is over-sharing, and it has become synonymous with how we use social media platforms. People can’t get a hold of me over text, but they can just read my tweets: it’s all there, every beat of my mental state.” – Sydney Review of Books
Tags: Art, Ideas, Sydney, 10.28.20

Of Racism And What’s Left Of Institutions

“In a hasty effort to be on the right side of history, I fear this industry is neglecting the historically precedented and exceedingly unspoken costs of forcing this kind of assimilation to white institutional power in this country. Doors are swinging open and white institutional leaders are ushering tokenized theatremakers into their broken homes. And in exchange for closer proximity to once tightly held resources, in a cavalier and unblinking gesture, our white leaders have laid at their feet...
Tags: Art, Theatre, 11.05.20

Photographers Play Key Role In Nigerian Protests Against Police Violence And Extortion

“Local artists are working tirelessly to keep the demonstrations in the headlines by producing indelible images that seek to combat misinformation and capture the unprecedented protest movement in real time.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Visual, 11.05.20, Protests Against Police Violence And Extortion

Why Anxiety Is Essential To Our Wellbeing

“The most fundamental enquiry of all is into our selves; anxiety is the key to this sacred inner chamber, revealing which existential problematic – the ultimate concerns of death, meaning, isolation, freedom – we are most eager to resolve.” – Psyche
Tags: Art, Ideas, 11.03.20

Using Found Language Is An Avant-Garde Literary Technique That’s Centuries Old

Tom Comitta: “Even though these forms have existed for over a millennium, few connections have been made between the many novels and short stories that either contain a significant amount of quotations or are made up entirely of them. Considering the wide reach of literary criticism, … it’s particularly surprising that we don’t have a detailed and complex understanding of this kind of fiction. In order to start building one, I’d like to detail some of the important works and trends and to offer...
Tags: Art, Words, Tom Comitta, 11.05.20

Architecture Critic Wins Pennsylvania State Senate Seat

Nikil Saval — a Bernie Sanders–endorsed democratic socialist, former editor of the literary magazine n+1, New York Times contributor, author of Cubed: Secret History of the Workplace, and community organizer — is replacing Larry Farnese Jr. a Democrat who has been state senator since 2009. He is also the first Asian American to be elected to Pennsylvania’s senate. – Curbed
Tags: Art, People, Pennsylvania, New York Times, Bernie Sanders, Nikil Saval, 11.04.20, Larry Farnese Jr

How To Tell When Societies Are On The Verge Of Collapse

“Just as apocalyptic dystopias, with or without zombies, have become common fare on Netflix and in highbrow literature alike, societal collapse and its associated terms — “fragility” and “resilience,” “risk” and “sustainability” — have become the objects of extensive scholarly inquiry and infrastructure.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Netflix, Ideas, 11.04.20

A Robot Choreographer Explains Why Her Job Is Necessary

Catie Cuan, currently working on a mechanical engineering Ph.D. at Stanford: “There are a number of studies that demonstrate that how something moves is even more important [to a user] than how it looks. … I have a set of tools and ethics and practices and skills that I bring to the table, which is ingrained through years of dance training. I can bring those to the application of design, interaction and control mechanisms for robots.” – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Stanford, Dance, 11.04.20, Catie Cuan

Ben Brantley Predicts That, Before Long, Theater Critics As We Know Them Won’t Exist

“I think the notion of criticism may expand, and people will write more culturally comprehensive mixed-discipline pieces. But it’s hard for me to imagine. It will be interesting to see how much people are actually willing to read in the future online, and whether most communication will be single lines, single impressions, condensations.” – The Stage
Tags: Art, Theatre, Ben Brantley, 11.03.20

A Radical Rethink Of San Francisco State University’s Music Program

With the clarion call of the Black Lives Matter movement ringing in the background, Modirzadeh described the SFSU music program as fettered by “a deep intergenerational upholding of that archaic ‘separate but equal’ logic that miseducates, leaving our students perpetually revolving around a musical caste system stuck thick in ethnic myopia.” – San Francisco Classical Voice
Tags: Art, Music, San Francisco, SFSU, San Francisco State University, 11.03.20, Modirzadeh

A Dictionary of Symbols: Juan Eduardo Cirlot’s Classic Study of Symbols Gets Republished in a Beautiful, Expanded Edition

How, exactly, does one go about making a global dictionary of symbols? It is a Herculean task, one few scholars would take on today, not only because of its scope but because the philological approach that gathers and compares artifacts from every culture underwent a correction: No one person can have the expertise to cover everything. Yet the attempts to do so have had tremendous creative value. Such explorations bring us closer to what makes humans the same the world over: our productive imag...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Art, Greece, College, Washington, India, History, Pandora, Francisco Franco, Campbell, Facebook Twitter, Carl Jung, Dada, University of Copenhagen, Joseph Campbell

D.C. Begins Pilot Program To Restart Live Theatre

While almost all performance venues in the District remain closed, the first company there to produce a play under new local COVID-safety protocols is GALA Hispanic Theatre, with a staging of Spanish Golden Age playwright Lope de Vega’s El perro del hortelano (“The Gardener’s Dog”, usually known in English as “The Dog in the Manger’). Thomas Floyd reports on how it’s working. – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Theatre, Audience, District, Lope de Vega, Thomas Floyd, 11.04.20

How Times Square Became A Hotbed Of Resistance Art

“For 20 years, Fran Lebowitz has been dreaming of tourists disappearing from Times Square. ‘Now there are no tourists in Times Square,’ she recently said, ‘but, of course, there’s no one in Times Square.'” Since New York, like nature, abhors a vacuum, along came the artists. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Visual, Times Square, Fran Lebowitz, 11.04.20, Times Square Since New York

How is Your Perception of Time Affecting Your Presentation?

Global remote work has the world increasingly collaborating on presentations.  Understanding how cultural differences can impact work flow is more important than ever.  One element of distinction internationally is perception of time, or chronemics.  Chronemics is the role of time in communication.  I’m sure you’ve heard of “island time” where the philosophy is “they will get here soon,” with “soon” being a very relative term that could mean two minutes or two hours.  Time and communication are ...
Tags: Design, Time, Uncategorized, Global, Presentation, Speaking, Cultural, Presentation Science, Presentation Design, TEDGlobal, Polychron, Culturally Relevant, Chronemics, Cultural Sensitivity, Global Awareness, Global Presentations

Jan Myrdal, Radical Writer Son Of Legendary Parents, Dead At 93

He devoted much of his life, and his writing, to rebellion against his parents, Gunnar and Alva Myrdal, each of whom won a Nobel Prize. But the body of his work was reportage and advocacy on Communism and those who lived under it; neither Scandinavian social democracy nor the Soviet system was leftist enough for him. He wrote the first Western eyewitness account of the lives of ordinary villagers under Mao, but his later years found him defending the Tiananmen Square massacre, the Khmer Rouge, ...
Tags: Art, People, Mao, Tiananmen Square, Khmer Rouge, Gunnar, 11.03.20, Alva Myrdal

New kind of ancient stencil graffiti found in northern Australia

In Australia, ancient Aboriginal rock artists are known for using body parts, plants, and everyday objects as stencils and then blowing pigment across the masked area like spray paint. Recently though, archaeologists found small-scale artwork of characters created using handheld figures seemingly made specifically as stencils. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, News, Australia, Archaeology, Graffiti

Construction Of Ancient Mega-Stone Henge Might Have Been Resistance To Progress

“You could look at it as the last hurrah of the stone age. They could see the changes coming and decide to resist them – they may have been thinking: ‘We don’t need these changes. We’ll build bigger and better monuments to our gods. We’ll knuckle down and stick with what we know’.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Visual, 11.04.20

All That Campaign Money Saved The TV Ad Business’s Bacon

“In 2020, the company [Advertising Analytics] sees nearly $247.5 million being spent between Jan. 1, 2019, and Election Day — marking a 200% increase over the prior record. … The dynamics are welcome ones for TV networks and stations, which [due to the pandemic] have seen advertisers claw back the usual commitments they make each year.” –
Tags: Art, Media, Advertising Analytics, 11.04.20

La Scala Cancels Opening Night After COVID Hits Company

“The Dec. 7 season [opening] at Milan’s La Scala opera house, a gala event that is one of Italy’s cultural highlights, is being canceled after a rash of coronavirus infections among musicians and chorus members.” The program was to have been a staging of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor starring Lisette Oropesa. – AP
Tags: Art, Music, Milan, Italy, Donizetti, Lucia di Lammermoor, La Scala, 11.04.20

Mass Layoffs And Orchestra Rebellion As Opera Australia Prepares To Reopen

“Opera Australia will [announce] its summer season on Thursday, still reeling from a turbulent past six weeks that saw the company hit with a slew of unfair dismissal cases, and its orchestra deliver a vote of no confidence in its concertmaster.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, Australia, 11.04.20

Jersey City Voters Approve Dedicated Arts Tax

Nearly two-thirds of the voters in New Jersey’s second largest city, just across the Hudson from Lower Manhattan, supported the property levy, which would amount to roughly $25 annually for a house worth $500,000. The ballot question was non-binding but gives the City Council a political green light to approve the measure. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, New Jersey, City Council, Hudson, Issues, Lower Manhattan, 11.04.20, Jersey City Voters Approve Dedicated Arts Tax

The Meticulous, Elegant Illustrations of the Nature Observed in England’s Countryside If you happen to have grown up in the English countryside, you probably retain a certain sensitivity to and affinity for nature. This can express itself in any number of ways, most often by a compulsion to garden, no matter how urban the setting in which you now live. But Jo Brown has shown how to base a career on it: an artist and illustrator — and “birder wildlifer mushroomer,” according to her Twitter bio — she has long kept a “nature journa...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Europe, Books, England, College, Nature, Devon, Seoul, Brown, Jo, Facebook Twitter, Flora, Kottke, Ernst Haeckel

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