Upcoming Deadline for the University of the Arts MFA in Dance

The MFA program in Dance aims to rethink inherited practices and consider differently the very idea of study. The program extends the context of learning from the studio and classroom to cities and communities as spaces for learning. Both expansive and intensive, our approach relies on situational pedagogies and the gathering of relational communities. The program moves against conventional thinking about academic learning environments, utilizing the University of the Arts School of Dance’s ...
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AI-Powered DeepFake Music Can Now Recreate Artists

Along with Sinatra, they’ve done what are known as “deepfakes” of Katy Perry, Elvis, Simon and Garfunkel, 2Pac, Céline Dion and more. Having trained the model using 1.2m songs scraped from the web, complete with the corresponding lyrics and metadata, it can output raw audio several minutes long based on whatever you feed it. Input, say, Queen or Dolly Parton or Mozart, and you’ll get an approximation out the other end. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, Dolly Parton, Mozart, Celine Dion, Sinatra, Garfunkel, 11.08.20, Katy Perry Elvis Simon

The Smithsonian’s Slow Walk To Re-Opening

“The building is cleaner than it’s been since 1964. It’s fabulous,” said Anthea M. Hartig, director of the National Museum of American History. Daily attendance there is about a tenth of normal, Hartig said, creating a different experience. “Instead of doing the rush through, people are spending more time because they can.” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Smithsonian, Audience, Visual, Hartig, 11.09.20, Anthea M Hartig, National Museum of American History Daily

Virtual Cabaret That You Can Boss Around

“In addition to occasionally telling a performer what to do, audience members set the order in which the show’s components — short scenes (written by Bear), dances, musical bits, computer-generated poetry — were executed. We could raise a virtual hand to roll virtual dice, and the cast of six would perform whatever scene had been assigned to the resulting number.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, 11.11.20

Keys To: A Long Life In Dance

When it comes to the secrets of longevity in a dance career, Linda Austin and Bobby Fouther had similar thoughts: you do what makes you happy, just keep going, and ignore the pressures to be liked. In an interview for a book called Beauty is Experience: Dancing 50 and Beyond,  by Emmaly Wiederhold with photographs by Gregory Bartning, Austin said, “If you are stubborn enough and love it enough, you’ll find a way to keep going. You do need some outside validation from time to time. I’ve always g...
Tags: Art, Dance, 11.09.20, Linda Austin, Bobby Fouther, Gregory Bartning Austin

The End Of Post-War Liberal Globalism?

“This narrative of a US-led global journey to the promised land was always implausible. Four years of Trump have finally clarified that between 2001 and 2020—and through such events as the terrorist attacks of September 11, intensified globalization, the rise of China concurrent with the failed war on terror, and the financial crisis—the world was moving into an entirely new historical period. Moreover, in this phase, many ideas and assumptions dominant for decades were rapidly becoming obsolet...
Tags: Art, China, US, Ideas, Trump, 11.19.20

Boat shaped like a zipper pull "unzips" Tokyo's Sumida River

Japanese sculptor and installation artist Yasuhiro Suzuki created this 9 meter-long "Zip-Fastener Ship" to "unzip" Tokyo's Sumida River. From MyModernMet: Suzuki—who is known for drawing inspiration from everyday objects—first got the idea for the unusual ship design when looking down on Tokyo Bay from an airplane window. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, Japan, News, Boats, Tokyo, Suzuki, Tokyo Bay, Sumida River, Yasuhiro Suzuki, Sumida River From MyModernMet

How Choral Groups Are Finding Their Voices

“That sense of belonging you get while standing before a chorus of hundreds singing at the holidays isn’t just you feeling festive — it’s your body behaving like a body. If talking to a loved one over Zoom doesn’t feel quite the same as sharing a sofa or a coffee in person, it’s partly because — get ready for some science — you’re not feeling the same vibrations. It may be why I’m genuinely impressed but ultimately unmoved by the Zoom choruses that exploded in popularity this summer.” – Washing...
Tags: Art, Music, 11.07.20

How (And When) Humans Learned To Invent

“Something happened in the evolutionary history of Homo sapiens to cause an explosion of ingenuity orders of magnitude greater than anything seen in other species, including our big-brained cousins the Neanderthals. But what? And when?” – Literary Review
Tags: Art, Ideas, 11.20

Netflix Files Copyright Notices Against Negative Tweets That Included Its Movie Trailer

Some of the dozens of tweets Netflix issued DMCA claims against used clips from the actual movie, TorrentFreak reports, in which case Netflix’s claims are understandable. However, many of the tweets in question shared the film’s trailer, which is widely and publicly available on YouTube for anyone to view or share. – Ars Technica
Tags: Art, Media, Netflix, Dmca, 11.05.20

The Plastic Bag Store: A Pop Art Installation with a Whimsical But Deadly Serious Environmental Message When COVID-19 exploded in New York City last March, it erased everything on the calendar, including: All live theater… The city’s freshly implemented ban on single use plastic bags… And  , a pop-up installation that was preparing to open in Times Square. The theaters remain dark, but the ban is back on, as of October 19th. The 7-month pause was hastened by the pandemic, but also by an unsuccessful lawsuit brought by flexible packing manufacture...
Tags: Google, Art, New York, College, New York City, Food & Drink, Times Square, Facebook Twitter, Ayun Halliday, Frohardt, Disgusting Food Museum Curates, Plastic Bag Store, Robin Frohardt

How The National Endowment for the Humanities Is Complying With An Executive Order And Restoring Statues

“The money is coming in the form of Chairman’s Grants, the NEH’s method of providing emergency funding to safeguard cultural heritage in the face of (what are typically natural) disasters. Instead of courting controversy by re-erecting downed Confederate leaders, however, the NEH will use the money to restore a selection of mostly neutral choices.” – The Architect’s Newspaper
Tags: Art, Neh, Visual, National Endowment, 11.02.20

Exploring What It Means To Live In A Body

The artist Senga Nengudi’s early sculptures became icons of the Black Arts Movement – and she’s still exploring the ways the body shapes art, and art, along with dance, can distort and reflect, especially, a Black female body. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, Black Arts Movement, Senga Nengudi, 11.09.20

Boston Lyric Opera’s New Conversation Series Tries To Reckon With A Legacy Of Racism

Series host Celeste Headlee says, “The idea has been to create discussions that are not just listening sessions, not just another forum in which people talk and bare their souls, and well-meaning executives nod their heads and then change nothing. We want discussions centered around finding practical, actionable solutions, and an environment in which people can voice hard truths without others feeling defensive.” – Boston Globe
Tags: Art, Music, Boston Lyric Opera, Celeste Headlee, 10.29.20

Ralph Remington Chosen As San Francisco’s Arts Commission Director

An experienced actor, playwright, and screenwriter, Remington currently serves as the deputy director for arts and culture for the city of Tempe, Arizona. In that position, he is responsible for the performance and visual programming at the Tempe Center for the Arts. He also oversees public art, the Tempe History Museum, and municipal arts granting. – San Francisco Chronicle
Tags: Art, San Francisco, Issues, Remington, Tempe Arizona, Tempe Center, Ralph Remington

Anne Hathaway Apologizes To The Disability Community About Her Character In The Witches

Hathway’s character had three fingers on one hand – and the film made that a stand-in for her character’s evil. “The disability community reacted to the now-streaming film with disappointment, sadness, and outrage.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, Anne Hathaway, Hathway, 11.06.20

Defending Short Stories, And Not Being The Only Black Writer In The Conversation

Danielle Evans says, “Stories work in compression and intensity, and their structure helps me get to the place where everything collapses or the threads come together. It can echo some of the intensity of how being alive feels.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Words, Danielle Evans, 11.07.20

How The Appa From Kim’s Convenience Ended Up A Fighter Pilot For The Republic

Sometimes, in Hollywood, or Canadian media even, dreams do come true. Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, who plays the father on the excellent Canadian show Kim’s Convenience, has a life outside of theatre and screen. “Lee is an avid cosplayer, known for the intricate costumes and props he creates for characters from Star Wars and Ghostbusters films.” – CBC
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Kim, Republic, Lee, Paul Sun Hyung Lee, 11.07.20

The Daring Kurdish Artist Who Smuggled Her Work Out In Turkish Prison’s Dirty Laundry

Zehra Doğan had little access to visual art materials during her imprisonment in Turkey, where she was jailed for painting a Kurdish town that was destroyed by Erdogan’s government in 2015. “With no paper, Doğan used newspaper, cardboard and clothes as canvases. For paint, she found that crushed herbs made green, kale was a substitute for purple, and pomegranate or menstrual blood could be used for red. Blue ballpoint pen, cigarette ash, coffee grounds, pepper and turmeric make up much of the r...
Tags: Art, Turkey, Erdogan, Visual, Dogan, Zehra Dogan, 11.08.20

Another Kind Of Virtual Theatre

The kind that’s in print – “a book reflecting on what it means to make theatre at a time when live performance is effectively halted.” Depressed playwrights, this one’s for you. – American Theatre
Tags: Art, Theatre, 11.06.20

Letting The Light In To Harlem’s School Of The Arts

Students can’t return yet, or families either, but when they can: “A glass facade floods the space with morning sunlight, ready to unveil the students’ beehive of activity at the school, on St. Nicholas Avenue near 141st Street. An upper-level corridor doubles as a wood-paneled balcony, reached by a grand switchback staircase. The space has been equipped with sophisticated acoustics, and advanced theater lighting and sound.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Harlem, St Nicholas Avenue, 11.08.20

Learning Ballroom Dance Moves Over Zoom

Ballroom dancer Trisha Pérez Kennedy says that “normally, her partner’s touch helps communicate the next step in a dance combination. ‘We use the strength of our bodies to speak to each other,’ she says. ‘It can be as subtle as the pressure of his hand on my back to help me know what will happen next. When you’re dancing on your own, you don’t have that guidance keeping you in check. You have to own all of your technique.'” – Wall Street Journal
Tags: Art, Dance, 11.07.20, Trisha Pérez Kennedy

The Vatican Library Enlists An Army Of Bots To Protect Its Online Library

Hackers threaten the Vatican’s digital holdings at a rate of more than three a day, the library says. “The library, founded in 1451 by Pope Nicholas V, is one of the world’s most important research institutions, containing one of the finest collections of manuscripts, books, images, coins and medals in the world. The digitisation of 41 million pages is intended to ‘preserve the content of historical treasures without causing damage to the fragile originals.”’ – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Vatican, Issues, Pope Nicholas V, 11.08.20, Vatican Library Enlists An Army

Do Directors Need To Be Jerks To Make Good Art?

Writer, director, and actor Marielle Heller, who’s starring in the new Netflix serial The Queen’s Gambit, thinks not. The director of Can You Ever Forgive Me? also says, “Writing, directing – it’s just torture every time and it doesn’t seem to get any easier. And yet I love them and I’m not going to stop doing them.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Media, Netflix, Marielle Heller, 11.08.20

Alex Trebek, Host Of Jeopardy, Has Died At 80

“The quick-witted Mr. Trebek, who died on Sunday at age 80 after a battle with cancer that drew legions of fans to rally around him, hosted Jeopardy! for a record-setting 37 years. He was an authoritative and unflappable fixture for millions of Americans who organized their weeknights around the program, shouting out the questions as Mr. Trebek read the answers with his impeccable diction.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Alex Trebek, Trebek, 11.08.20

Toni Morrison’s Library Is Available For Purchase

The library can’t be sold piecemeal; only everything together. “Access to this library and the language that mattered most to her could be a key to her brilliant mind. Now, that would knock even Sherlock’s socks off. And, appropriately, The Original Illustrated Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle sits boldly in her collection.” – Galerie Magazine
Tags: Art, Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle, Words, Sherlock, Toni Morrison, 10.30.20

Trips on the World’s Oldest Electric Suspension Railway in 1902 & 1917 Show How a City Changes Over a Century Today we take a ride on the world’s oldest electric suspension railway—the Wuppertal Schwebebahn in Germany. Actually, we’ll take two rides, traveling back in time to do so, thanks to YouTuber pwduze, who had a bit of fun trying to match up two videos discovered online for comparison’s sake. The journey on the left was filmed in 1902, when this miracle of modern engineering was but a year old. The train passes over a broad road traveled mostly ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Design, College, Germany, Bloomberg, History, Physics, Monty Python, Michael Palin, Facebook Twitter, Corporate Communications, Ayun Halliday, Wuppertal, Wuppertal Schwebebahn, Schwebebahn

How Will Britain’s National Theatre Deal With The Second Shutdown – And Christmas Pantos?

The NT has a lot more plans this time: “It’s radically different from last time. We’ve got a space that’s ready to go and we know what the shows are that we want to do. We’re hoping lockdown will be lifted at least for a time over Christmas so that the panto that’s in rehearsal [Dick Whittington] can take place. If by any chance the lockdown continues, then we’ll capture it and do something with that recording. The other thing that’s in rehearsal is Romeo and Juliet, which is a film.” – The Gua...
Tags: Art, Theatre, Britain, Dick Whittington, 11.06.20

The Shape Of Black (Art) History

“This is what makes Gates such a great and interesting artist: his deep awareness of the history of materials, from fired clay to roofing tar and brick, to paperback books and runs of newsstand magazines, to the malleability of language. His research into Black history and the context in which materials and commonplace products have been used transcends the aesthetic divide between high and low.” – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Visual, 11.07.20, Shape Of Black Art History

7 virtual staging services to increase your listing’s appeal

Virtual staging is becoming increasingly in demand — and for good reason. Not only is it more cost-effective and convenient, it also dramatically enhances the property's digital aesthetic appeal. Here are a few firms that do it right.
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