Google Is Shuttering the Expeditions App, but Its VR Field Trips Aren't Going Away For Good

Another one of Google’s virtual reality ventures is biting the dust. The company says it’s ending support for its VR educational app, Expeditions, next year, though it’ll fare far better than Google’s shuttered Daydream VR platform. Instead of discontinuing Expeditions completely, Google’s folding many of the app’s…Read more...
Tags: Google, Art, Science, Education, Museums, Vr, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Google Expeditions, VR headsets, Google Arts And Culture

Is Mask-Wearing An Impingement On Our Freedom?

Western political thinkers ranging from Herodotus to Algernon Sidney did not think that a free society is a society without rules, but that those rules should be decided collectively. In their view, freedom was a public good rather than a purely individual condition. A free people, Sidney wrote for instance, was a people living “under laws of their own making”. – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Ideas, Herodotus, Sidney, Algernon Sidney, 11.13.20

A Historian Concludes Systemic Civilization Failure

“If you have a discussion among the crew about which way to turn, you will not turn in time, and you hit the iceberg directly. The past 10 years or so have been discussion. That sickening crunch you now hear—steel twisting, rivets popping—­­is the sound of the ship hitting the iceberg.” – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Ideas, 11.09.20

1647 – The Year They Canceled Christmas (It Didn’t Work Very Well)

Back in 1647, Christmas was banned in the kingdoms of England (which at the time included Wales), Scotland and Ireland and it didn’t work out very well. Following a total ban on everything festive, from decorations to gatherings, rebellions broke out across the country. While some activity took the form of hanging holly in defiance, other action was far more radical and went on to have historical consequences. – The Conversation
Tags: Art, England, Ideas, Ireland, Wales Scotland, 11.13.20

The 1800’s Version Of Live Theatre Streaming

From 1893 to 1925 the London Electrophone Company streamed the sound of live theatre into the home using a telephone device known as an Electrophone. – The Conversation
Tags: Art, London, Theatre, 11.13.20, Electrophone Company

Touting It Up: Public Radio’s Diversity Audit

Public radio has a problem. In 2019, NPR’s newsroom was more than 70 percent white. The same year, 83 percent of the voices heard on its national shows were white, too. According to the most recent State of the System report by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, in 2018, just 23 percent of people working at member stations identified as people of color. That’s almost a full percentage point decrease from the previous year. – Columbia Journalism Review
Tags: Art, Media, Npr, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, 11.09.20, Public Radio 's Diversity Audit

Money Pit: The Case Of The Buried Anglo-Saxon Treasure And The Men It Sent To Prison

In June of 2015, a pair of hobbyists carrying metal detectors came upon a hoard of extremely rare gold coins and jewelry, in astonishingly good condition, that came from the old Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia and had almost certainly been buried by the marauding Vikings who plundered it. Great Britain has fair but strict laws governing the discovery of ancient treasure — laws that these gentlemen had skirted when they stumbled on the hoard and flouted after they found it. As Rebecca Mead reports...
Tags: Art, Mercia, Vikings, Great Britain, Visual, Anglo Saxon, Rebecca Mead, 11.16.20

Sell Tickets Or Raise Money?

People buy tickets because they want to see a performance and rate that transaction by that experience. People donate because they want to manage/share in/support what the company does. Those that choose to donate large amounts to a select few organizations – the right-thinking group described above – gain power in that kind of relationship. – LinkedIn
Tags: Art, Issues, 11.12.20

How London’s “Pleasure District” Became The West End And A Model For Theatre

It was the mid-19th century that really established the modern West End. The taverns around the Strand in the 1830s and 1840s helped develop the song and supper evenings that became Victorian music hall. The bazaars and arcades of the West End evolved into a distinctive form of retail: the department store. Shows at the theatres on Leicester Square, such as the Alhambra, became known for their exuberant spectacle. The West End was therefore a laboratory of mass entertainment that has shaped not...
Tags: Art, London, Theatre, West End, Alhambra, Leicester Square, 11.11.20

Disney+ Now Has 73 Million Subscribers

That marks a leap from the 60.5 million paying subscribers that Disney Plus had when Disney last reported earnings in early August. Hulu now has 36.6 million total paying subscribers, up from 35.5 million in late June, while ESPN Plus has grown to 10.3 million subscribers, up from 8.5 million reported last quarter. – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, Disney, Espn, Hulu, Audience, Disney Plus, 11.12.20

Why Pianists Know So Little About Their Pianos

“Why are pianists at such a loss when it comes to understanding the mechanics of their own instrument? This lack of knowledge separates them from almost all other instrumentalists. Not only can violinists, clarinetists, harpists or flutists tune their instruments, and even bend pitches in performance, they also, by and large, know much more about how their instruments work.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, 11.12.20

Crawl Out Through the Fallout Into One of These Survival Bunkers

Political turmoil and Covid-19 got you wishing for a place to hide away from it all? Until Elon Musk colonizes Mars, the human race is still tethered to Earth. There are, however, plenty of real estate options that could provide a place to safely wait out global turmoil. Off-gridding and bunkers have become a part […]
Tags: Elon Musk, Design, Earth, More Dirt, Real Estate Listings

What Alex Trebek Achieved Is More Amazing Than We Realize

“It’s easy to forget to appreciate the freak ubiquity of Jeopardy! One of the most popular, longest-running television shows of all time is a trivia gantlet that, by design, casts bookish obsessives. … It’s a miracle that the show is so exciting to watch. This is due almost entirely to Trebek. … He led one of our last wholesome routines — a celebration of facts, from the arcane to the accessible — with a kind of tangible enthusiasm. … [And] one got the sense that Trebek wanted the contestants t...
Tags: Art, People, Alex Trebek, Trebek, 11.11.20

A Shortage Of Printed Books This Winter?

Large printing companies in the U.S. are under financial strain, made worse by shutdowns due to the pandemic and subsequent reopenings with fewer employees. Fewer books printed means fewer books going to distributors — who themselves have had pandemic-related issues with staffing their warehouses. Add in a paper shortage, and a publishing schedule in flux because many spring/summer books were pushed to fall, and you have a perfect storm of supply-chain gridlock. – Seattle Times
Tags: Art, Words, 11.12.20

Despite The Pandemic, Steppenwolf Is Building An Entire New Theater

“In March of last year, Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre officially announced its campus expansion: a new $54 million theater-in-the-round. Back then, theaters still staged live shows and cared not for streaming video. Zoom was a comic-book term.” Chris Jones goes on a hard-hat tour of the building-in-progress and talks with artistic director Anna D. Shapiro about the company’s multimillion-dollar bet that, soon, the show will go on like it did before. – Yahoo! (Chicago Tribune)
Tags: Art, Theatre, Chicago, Chris Jones, Steppenwolf Theatre, Anna D Shapiro, 11.12.20

The Collapse Of Quibi: An Inside View

“While employees were trying to figure out how to get people to sign up and actually watch a series, creatives working on the shows were wondering why anyone would voluntarily spend $5 a month to watch anything on Quibi at all.” (And they all found out about the company’s end in the press, not from executives.) – The Verge
Tags: Art, Media, Audience, Quibi, 11.11.20

Isaac Newton’s ‘Principia’ Wasn’t Just A Scientific Landmark, It Was Surprisingly Widely Read When It Was New

“Historians have discovered that the first, limited edition of the seemingly incomprehensible book in fact achieved a surprisingly wide distribution throughout the educated world. An earlier census of the [1687] book, published in 1953, identified 189 copies worldwide. But a new survey by two scholars has found nearly 200 more — 386 copies in all, including ones far beyond England.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, England, Isaac Newton, Words, 11.12.20

Aileen Passloff, An Institution Of New York Dance, Dead At 89

“A former member of the Judson Dance Theater, the experimental 1960s collective that led to postmodern dance, … [her] career as a dancer, choreographer and broadly influential teacher spanned [decades of] ballet, modern dance and postmodern dance.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, 11.12.20, Aileen Passloff An, Institution Of New York Dance Dead

How Paris Is Becoming A “15-Minute City”

“The 15-minute city represents the possibility of a decentralized city,” says Carlos Moreno, a scientific director and professor specializing in complex systems and innovation at University of Paris 1. “At its heart is the concept of mixing urban social functions to create a vibrant vicinity”—replicated, like fractals, across an entire urban expanse.” – Bloomberg
Tags: Art, Ideas, Paris, Carlos Moreno, University of Paris, 11.12.20

Alec Baldwin Pulls His Podcast From WNYC, Alleging Interference With Woody Allen Interview

Baldwin launched his popular interview show, Here’s the Thing, at New York Public Radio (WNYC) in 2011 and is moving it to iHeartRadio as of January. He says that station management insisted that, for an interview with Allen that aired in June, Baldwin ask the director about Dylan Farrow’s accusation of child sexual abuse. “Once WNYC said, ‘We won’t air the interview unless you ask these questions’ and forced that editorial content on me like that, I knew I was out of there.” – Billboard
Tags: Art, Media, Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Allen, Baldwin, WNYC, Dylan Farrow, 11.05.20, New York Public Radio WNYC, June Baldwin

Highway Tunnel Under Stonehenge Approved

“The two-mile-long tunnel and its approaches are part of a $2.2 billion package to upgrade the narrow A303 highway that runs startlingly close to the iconic stone circle and has long been notorious for traffic jams and long delays. The approval came despite strong objections from an alliance of archaeologists, environmentalists, and modern-day druids.” – National Geographic
Tags: Art, Visual, 11.12.20

Stagehand Falls To Death In Mothballed Broadway Theater

“The 54-year-old man fell from [a] narrow, raised platform [with a ladder] alongside the stage around 8:45 a.m. while performing routine maintenance, the police said. … [He] was an employee of the Shubert Organization, which operates the Winter Garden Theater, and was not affiliated with Beetlejuice, the last show to play there.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Shubert Organization, Winter Garden Theater, 11.12.20, Mothballed Broadway Theater

What Can The Arts Expect From The Biden Presidency?

An improvement, for starters: Biden is not going to submit a budget (let alone four of them in a row) eliminating the NEA and NEH. Reporter Eileen Kinsella spoke to several experts about where things stand now and where they’re likely to go with respect to tax law and the arts, federal cultural funding, tariffs and trade, and (of course) the pandemic. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Biden, Issues, Nea, Neh, 11.11.20, Eileen Kinsella

Aldo Tambellini, experimental artist obsessed with black, dies aged 90

‘Titan’ of the 1960s New York scene, who developed his obsession during the war, received mainstream acclaim in his final yearsAldo Tambellini, the pioneering artist and film-maker who had an obsession with the colour black, has died aged 90. He will be remembered among other things for developing what he termed “electromedia” – the bringing together of multiple forms including strobes, dance, film, poetry and slide projection. “We have lost a titan,” said Stuart Comer, a curator at MoMA in New ...
Tags: Art, New York, US, Painting, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Italy, Installation, Moma, East Village, University of Notre Dame, Syracuse University, Tate, Syracuse New York, Yayoi Kusama

Madrid surrealism show offers escape from pandemic reality

Exhibition explores how surrealist movement influenced culture and design in 20th centuryAnyone tiring of the many mundane strictures of the new normality can, in Madrid at least, escape temporarily into a world where hands serve as chairs, tables spin on bicycle wheels and horses obligingly proffer lamps from their heads.An exhibition in the Spanish capital examines the countless ways in which the surrealist movement has influenced culture and design over the past century, from the sofa Salvado...
Tags: Art, Europe, Spain, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Salvador Dalí, Bjork, Madrid, Le Corbusier, Marcel Duchamp, Rene Magritte

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