BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04 – The Urban Mobility of the Future

Even if Motorrad is BMW`s hardcore division that creates great bikes, it seems that it is in tune with the growing mobility trend and started to create exquisite all sorts of electric means of transport that would ease the way people commute in the urban areas. One such fine example is the recently launched Motorrad Definition CE 04, which might be regarded as the perfect electric mobility in the scooter segment. Its design is mind-blowing, while its architecture sets the new trend in u...
Tags: Design, Technology, Gallery, Motorcycles, Electric Scooter, Autos, Manufacturing, Bmw, Electric, Scooter, BMW Group, BMW Motorrad, Motorrad, BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04, Alexander Buchan

TicketMaster Plans To Check COVID Status When Performances Return

Ticketmaster has been working on a framework for post-pandemic fan safety that uses smart phones to verify fans’ vaccination status or whether they’ve tested negative for the coronavirus within a 24 to 72 hour window. – Billboard
Tags: Art, Issues, Ticketmaster, 11.11.20

The Zipper Boat Is Art

What’s that zipping across the Sumida River in Tokyo, Japan? Behold, the zipper boat.Read more...
Tags: Art, Japan, Science, Design, Boats, Tokyo Japan, Sumida River, Yasuhiro Suzuki, Boats Are Tech

Why Are Contemporary Writers Obsessed With Self-Awareness?

Critics—and the authors they cover—seem to be obsessed with self-awareness. Writing about oneself isn’t new at all, but what’s current (and quickly growing stale) is the overtly self-conscious way contemporary writers have chosen to go about it. – The Nation
Tags: Art, Words, 11.09.20

Are Our Brains Wired To Want To Be Outside?

The evolutionary explanation for human connection to nature is a colossal safari through the African savanna, where our ancestors fought, fed, and frolicked for millions of years. The biologist E.O. Wilson speculated on this story in Biophilia, a slim volume on human attraction to nature. Wilson defined biophilia as an “innate tendency to focus on life and lifelike processes.” – Nautilus
Tags: Art, Ideas, Wilson, Biophilia, 11.09.20

City of Aspen-Wheeler Opera House – Executive Director

Located in Aspen, Colorado, the Wheeler Opera House (Wheeler) opened its doors on April 23, 1889 and has since become an integral part of civic life within this mountain community. Built during Aspen’s mining heyday in the late nineteenth century, the Wheeler was the dream of Jerome B. Wheeler. A well-heeled New Yorker, Mr. Wheeler turned his attention to Aspen in the 1880s to invest in mining. Eventually, Wheeler would build the four-story Hotel Jerome and the building that became known as the ...
Tags: Art, Jobs, Colorado, City, Chicago, United States, Wheeler, City Council, Denver, Aspen, Walter, Bayer, Rocky Mountains, Elizabeth, the City, Pitkin County Aspen

Trying To Understand Indigenous Ways Of Passing On Knowledge

“If knowledges are environmentally embedded, and have to be activated through skilled practices, our orthodox idea that the privileged pathway for knowledge acquisition is cognitive, from one brain to another, is challenged. Think about it: we have never been able to ‘think’ without more-than-human extensions.” –Psyche
Tags: Art, Ideas, 11.12.20

Why Opera Will Endure

Opera is one of those words that contains so much historical and symbolic weight and prejudice that you have to clamber through dense, thorny tangles before you even get to what it might actually be, and if there is anything really left, other than it being a segregated leisure pursuit for the entitled. – LitHub
Tags: Art, Music, 11.11.20

Inside A Treasure Trove Of Wax Cylinder Recordings

Say what you want about the millions of digital songs stored in the cloud and awaiting your Spotify spin. Strolling through the rows of shelving units, each packed with cylinder recordings, overwhelms the imagination. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Music, 11.12.20

Founder Of Now-Defunct American National Ballet Charged With Murdering Husband

In early 2017, Doug and Ashley Benefield moved to Charleston with ambitious, high-profile plans to create a top-level ballet company and school there — and over that year, the project gradually and messily fell apart. Now Ashley has been arrested near Bradenton, Florida and charged with shooting Doug during an argument; the couple had separated and were in an ongoing custody dispute over their daughter. – The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC)
Tags: Art, Post, Dance, Charleston, Ashley, Doug, Bradenton Florida, 11.09.20, Ashley Benefield

UK Declines To Prosecute Royal Accused Of Sexual Assault By Curator Of Hay Festival Abu Dhabi

The Crown Prosecution Service won’t pursue the case of Caitlin McNamara, a Briton who was organizing the inaugural version of the Hay book festival’s satellite event in the UAE when, she says, she was summoned to a meeting at the villa of the Emirati official overseeing the festival (the country’s Minister of Tolerance) and he assaulted her. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, UK, Words, Abu Dhabi, Uae, Caitlin McNamara, 11.12.20

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: Classic Shows Remade For The Trump Era

“SHAMILTON. A rap-inspired musical drawn partly from the pages of The Art of the Deal, this show celebrates the creation of a new nation by a small group of wealthy landowners and hyper-successful businessmen through the adoption of an economic funnel that sucks money out of the pockets of the poor and middle classes and into the bank accounts of the rich. Its hit tunes My Way or the Highway and Never Give a Sucker an Even Break are hailed as chart-toppers, although there are mutterings inside ...
Tags: Art, Oregon, Issues, Trump Era, 11.12.20

John Waters Donates His Collection To Baltimore Museum Of Art

Waters’s collection, much of which is installed in his home, features in-depth holdings of works by Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Mike Kelley, Karin Sander and Richard Tuttle, and will fill gaps in the museum’s own collection of work by artists including Catherine Opie and Thomas Demand. An exhibition of works from the gift will be staged at the museum within the next five years, it says in a statement. – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Baltimore, Visual, Catherine Opie, 11.12.20, Peter Fischli David Weiss Mike Kelley Karin Sander, Richard Tuttle

Commercial Radio Is 100 Years Old. Where Can It Go From Here?

Kirk Miller: “Surviving 100 years is incredible. But I do wonder if it’ll make it through another 10, let alone 100. To get some outside perspective, I asked four people — two long-time DJs, a younger musician and a veteran music industry reporter — for their thoughts on commercial radio, both as it stands today and where it’s going.” – InsideHook
Tags: Art, Media, Kirk Miller, 11.09.20

"Shall I be mean about British art? Okay. Realism and literature haunts almost all British art."

"I surmise that the capacious feel for language, narrative, and drama that seems to be inculcated in the British brain causes a lot of British art to fall into clever commentary, agitprop, or academicism — or be pulled back into realism. Great Britain’s is a primarily literary art; this doesn’t work well visually. I further surmise that abstraction is not foremost in the British mind. So much for my silly xenophobia. The real answer for why most public sculpture is bad — and why this keeps happe...
Tags: Art, London, Law, Sculpture, Great Britain, Jerry Saltz, Saltz, Maggi Hambling, Ann Althouse, U.K, Kitsch Feminism Jerry Saltz New York Magazine

These Hideous, Outrageously Expensive High Heels Are a Crime Against Feet

I don’t claim to be the arbiter of fashion. For Pete’s sake, I currently run in smart sneakers that resemble Flaming Hot Cheetos that took a bath in pink highlighter fluid. But friends, I’ve found a shoe crime that is beyond mere phrases like ‘hideous’ and ‘this is why we can’t have nice things.’ Behold, Balenciaga’s…Read more...
Tags: Science, Design, Clothing, Shoes, Apparel, Sneakers, Pete, Balenciaga, Vibram, Bleach My Eyes

Can Performance Art Adapt To Social Distancing?

“As summer has given way to a fall and winter marked by increased social-distancing measures and further lockdowns, in-person performance art looks increasingly like it will be forced to transform again for the foreseeable [future]. As a medium built on intimacy and in-person connection, how, exactly, can it adapt? Those who know the genre best seem cautiously optimistic.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Visual, 11.11.20

Meet The Guardians Of The World’s Oldest Recorded Music

Preserving early recordings — and the lumbering machines that play them — has been an obsession for a small group of Southern California collectors, who have been stealthily wrangling from the wild the essential sounds of the early American acoustic recording era. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Music, Los Angeles, Southern California, 11.12.20

BMW iX – The Ultimate EV High-Tech Flagship

From BMW`s website we bring you in a premiere some of the official details of the company`s latest creation – the iX – the ultimate EV in terms of technology. And from the way it looks, feels, and drives, it is definitely BMW`s most impressive model ever built. Speaking of technologies and exterior design – not to mention the powerful configuration under the hood – Adrian van Hooydonk, BMW`s senior design, explains how the model shows and feels. He stated that the “car is technologycall...
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European Union Increases Its Culture Rescue Fund To $3.3 Billion

“The European Parliament and the European Council have finally agreed on an ambitious long-term recovery plan for its 27 member nations. The historic €1.8 trillion ($2.1 trillion) agreement, which was announced on November 11, will include a provision of €2.8 billion ($3.3 billion) to support the cultural field.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, European Union, European Parliament, Issues, European Council, 11.12.20

Candido Camero, Cuban Jazzman Who Transformed Conga Drumming, Dead At 99

“[He] began his career in Cuba at 14 and was still active past the age of 95. … His greatest innovation was to play more than one conga drum at a time, eventually settling on a setup of three congas, each tuned to a different pitch. He sometimes added bongos and other percussion instruments, creating a whirlwind of complex rhythms and sounds.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, People, Cuba, Candido Camero, 11.11.20

Cool Stuff: Devin Schoeffler’s New ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy Posters Feel Like Long-Lost VHS Artwork

Pretty much every week there’s a new piece of art dedicated to the Star Wars universe. This week, Bottleneck Gallery is releasing a new set of Star Wars trilogy posters from artist Devin Schoeffler. Actually, they’re re-releasing this set of prints, because ACME Archives was first to release them over the summer. But now a limited allocation of the artwork is arriving at Bottleneck, so you won’t want to wait to pick them up. Devin Schoeffler’s Star Wars Trilogy Posters The Fourth by Devin...
Tags: Art, Movies, Sci-fi, Sequels, Lucasfilm, Cool Stuff, Star-Wars, Disney/Pixar, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: A New Hope, Bottleneck Gallery, Acme Archives, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Devin Schoeffler, Schoeffler, Devin Schoeffler Lithograph

Have A Look Inside The Italian Police’s Vault For Stolen Art

A modest three-story building on the edge of Rome’s Trastevere district is where the Carabinieri Tutela Patrimonio Culturale keep thousands of artworks for as long as they are considered evidence in legal cases. Says one officer at the facility, “Usually, we give back the pieces a few days after seizing them. But some cases take longer, there are several counterclaims, and the objects stay here for years.” – Atlas Obscura
Tags: Art, Rome, Visual, Trastevere, 11.10.20, Carabinieri Tutela Patrimonio Culturale

Third Spanish art restoration goes wonderfully awry

It's being described as "The potato head of Palencia"—yet another botched restoration of an invaluable work of art executed by amateurs in Spain. The potato head of Palencia now joins a pantheon of other botched jobs in Spain, the most infamous of which still remains the 2012 "Monkey Christ" restoration of Elías García Martínez's Ecce Homo fresco in the town of Borja. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, News, Spain, Elias Garcia Martinez, Palencia, Spanish restorations, Borja Read

1,000+ Artworks by Vincent Van Gogh Digitized & Put Online by Dutch Museums: Enter Van Gogh Worldwide

It gets dark before dinner now in my part of the world, a recipe for seasonal depression. Vincent van Gogh wrote about such low feelings with deep insight. “One feels as if one were lying bound hand and foot at the bottom of a deep dark well, utterly helpless,” he wrote of the condition. Yet, when he looked up at the night sky he saw not darkness but blazing light: a full moon shines yellow from White House at Night like the sun, and peeks like a gold coin from behind blue mountains in Landscap...
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Beware “Big Break” Scams For Classical Music

“It’s a psychological phenomenon: When you’ve been chosen for something, you feel flattered. And if you don’t have other options, you think, This is my big chance.“ – Van
Tags: Art, Music, 11.12.20

How Theatre Audiences Have Responded To Digital Performances During The Pandemic: New Study

“Key findings of the study include that 43% of audiences for digital programming were new to the organization; that digital audience members who previously attended in-person events are paying higher ticket prices; that digital performances with multiple dates have higher revenue potential; that audiences for digital performances book their tickets closer to the performance date than in-person audiences did; and that 10% of digital audiences add a donation on top of the ticket price.” – America...
Tags: Art, Theatre, Audience, 11.11.20

Position Available: Executive Director, Chicago Jazz Philharmonic

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic welcomes applications for the position of Executive Director. Chicago Jazz Philharmonic (CJP) is America’s definitive “third stream” musical ensemble and is dedicated to promoting, preserving, and re-envisioning the merging of jazz and classical traditions. The Organization Chicago Jazz Philharmonic (CJP) is America’s definitive “third stream” musical ensemble and is dedicated to promoting, preserving, and re-envisioning the...
Tags: Art, Board of Directors, Jobs, Mark Ingram, America, Chicago, Poland, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cuba, Louisville, Board, Chicago Public Schools, CJP, Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Orbert Davis

At least in art restoration, you can see what's gone wrong when things have been handed over to people who don't know what they're doing.

The potato head of Palencia: defaced Spanish statue latest victim of botched restoration"Conservation professionals have questioned why Spain's heritage is continually handed over to those with no formal training."— Mark Rees (@reviewwales) November 11, 2020 Strangely, it doesn't just look awful. It looks awful in the same way that the most famous botched restoration looks awful: It's a botch-up! Monkey Christ and the worst art repairs o...
Tags: Art, Law, Religion, Spain, Ann Althouse, Mark Rees

Colorado Springs Philharmonic Canceled Musicians’ Contract And Won’t Negotiate New One

The orchestra and its players worked out a contract in April, when the pandemic was still new. Management says it then kept the musicians on full salary through the summer but, with no ticket revenue coming in, can no longer pay anything and so canceled the agreement entirely. The musicians union says it offered numerous times to make further changes — even suggesting a switch from salaries to per-service fees until a full concert schedule resumes — but that all such offers were rejected. – KOA...
Tags: Art, Music, 11.06.20, Colorado Springs Philharmonic Canceled Musicians

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