Research: The Role Dreaming Plays In Ideas, Personality, And Who We Are

“Research about REM/dreaming began in the mid-1950s and accelerated sharply with advances in neuroimaging. We now know that, independently of sleep – that is, of non-REM sleep – REM/dreaming plays an essential role in learning and memory, mood and immunity, as well as in creativity and artistic expression. Just as important, REM/dreaming stretches, expands and reshapes our very consciousness. From Morpheus, the Greek god of dreams, REM/dreaming effectively morphs our fundamental sense of self.”...
Tags: Art, Ideas, 12.23.20

A New Movement To Champion The Arts?

“Ironically, the arts has a story problem in this country. We are here to become a legislative priority, and part of doing that is reframing the paradigm that we are labor,” he said. “Whether you’re an usher, a milliner, a museum docent, an administrator or a publicist, you’re an arts and cultural worker. ” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Issues, 12.24.20

Artists We Lost In 2020

In 2020, a year of crisis upon crisis, some of those losses were especially painful, brought on by a pandemic that killed hundreds of thousands of people in the United States alone. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, United States, 12.24.20

The Power Of Talking To Yourself Out Loud

“Like many of us, I talk to myself out loud, though I’m a little unusual in that I often do it in public spaces. Whenever I want to figure out an issue, develop an idea or memorise a text, I turn to this odd work routine. While it’s definitely earned me a reputation in my neighbourhood, it’s also improved my thinking and speaking skills immensely.” – Psyche
Tags: Art, Ideas, 12.23.20

The sneaker resale market exploded in 2020. These were the most expensive sneakers that sold on The RealReal this year, where some pairs went for up to $20,000.

The sneaker resale industry has continued to thrive amid a pandemic. The RealReal The sneaker industry thrived in 2020. Hyped collaborations and a surge in demand for the Air Jordan brand helped keep the sneaker resale market hot. Luxury consignment platform The RealReal shared a roundup of the most expensive sneakers to sell on the platform in 2020. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. 2020 was a fantastic year for sneakers, pandemic notwithstanding. While lockdowns and sto...
Tags: Fashion, Design, Jay Z, New York City, Trends, Nike, Nasa, Features, Luxury, Amsterdam, Michael Jordan, Basketball, Nba, Retail, Stores, Espn

The story as a creative psychological quest

To combat anxiety in a disrupted, pandemic-riddled world, it’s better to channel creativity into storytelling, art and design than into conspiracy theories The post The story as a creative psychological quest appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Art, Design, Anxiety, Creativity, Culture, Meaning, Openaccess, Postmodernism, Thought Leader

How Christmas Became Such A Child-Oriented Holiday

Yuletide wasn’t always an occasion for Santa Claus and toys and families opening presents in front of the tree. Historically, particularly in England, Christmas was such a time of rowdy revelry (not to say drunken debauchery) that, in the 17th century, Scottish Presbyterians and Massachusetts Puritans went so far as to ban it entirely. (December 25 wasn’t a public holiday in Scotland until 1958.) Christmas as Americans think of it today is a more-or-less deliberate creation of the 19th-century ...
Tags: Art, Scotland, Santa Claus, Issues, 12.23.20, England Christmas, Massachusetts Puritans

Capturing The Music Of The Northern Lights

Scientist Karin Lehmkuhl Bodony, who lives in rural Alaska, realized some years ago that, if she could get at least four miles away from human-created electrical sources, she could record the sounds that the aurora borealis makes on a very low frequency receiver. Now she’s worked with composer Matthew Burtner to, in a way, transcribe the aurora’s music: “Rather than a composer writing the notes on the page and the musician playing the horn, the northern lights were playing the horn and writing ...
Tags: Art, Music, Alaska, 12.22.20, Karin Lehmkuhl Bodony, Matthew Burtner

Museums Are Still Acquiring Art During The Pandemic

Museum collecting looks a lot different these days. Not only has there been a greater focus on women and artists of colour, but acquisitions have unfolded more quietly than usual for fear of seeming insensitive to the financial suffering of staff and visitors alike. Far less common are the press releases announcing major purchases. Museums are in the unusual position of downplaying instead of promoting their acquisitions. – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Visual, 12.23.20

Broadway Fans Are Creating Entire Musicals On TikTok

Just three months after she posted it, TikTokers had conjured up an entire “Ratatouille” musical universe. A composer spiced up her song with Disney-fied orchestrations. Songwriters whipped up tunes for Remy, his brother, his dad, his fellow chef, the food critic Anton Ego. A director explained how he’d stage the show. Dancers demonstrated how they’d dance it. A puppeteer showed how he’d puppet it. A designer created a breathtaking Playbill, in a video that’s been seen nearly 5 million times. S...
Tags: Art, Theatre, Disney, Broadway, Anton, Remy, 12.23.20

The Ten Biggest Literary Stories Of 2020

It was pretty bad, overall. Some parts were okay. There were some good books. There were some bad actions. There were some much-needed reckonings. – LitHub
Tags: Art, Words, 12.23.20

The Weird New Things Choreographers Had To Learn As They Created Dances Long-Distance

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, who’s made more than a dozen short dance films since the COVID lockdowns began, and Corey Baker, creator of the (in)famous Swan Lake Bath Ballet, tell a reporter about how, as Baker put it, “we knew we had to make it all up” and how they handled the snafus they didn’t yet know to expect. – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, Baker, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Corey Baker, Swan Lake Bath Ballet, 12.21.20

How Literary Theory Took Over The 1980s

“As deconstructionist reading started becoming more widespread, disseminated in the United States, a lot of people noticed the similarity—rightly so—between the reading style and New Criticism because of the close reading and the attentiveness to language. That was a major thing that happened that actually influenced the course of English study in the United States for a couple of decades—and, actually, still.” – LitHub
Tags: Art, United States, Words, 12.23.20

Why Has Spotify Been Moving So Heavily Into Podcasts?

To corner the audio ad market, of course. But execs insist that the company is not going to be evil: “Having watched how companies like Facebook and Google built up the digital ad ecosystem, Spotify’s Jay Richman, who heads the company’s ads business and platform, says the streamer is determined not to focus on scale over quality.” –
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Spotify, Media, Jay Richman, 12.22.20

When Our World Became a de Chirico Painting: How the Avant-Garde Painter Foresaw the Empty City Streets of 2020 This past spring, media outlets of every kind published photos and videos of eerily empty public spaces in cities like Beijing, New York, Milan, Paris, and Seoul, cities not known for their lack of street life. At least in the case of Seoul, where I live, the depopulated image was a bit of an exaggeration, but taken as a whole, these stunned visual dispatches from around the world reflected a real and sudden change in urban life caused by this ...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, College, History, Seoul, Florence, Dante, Jackson Pollock, Manet, Facebook Twitter, Evan Puschak, De Chirico, Colin Marshall, Giorgio de Chirico, Puschak

Composer ‘Blue’ Gene Tyranny Dead At 75

Born Joseph Gantic, raised as Robert Sheff, and having acquired the name he was known by during a brief period as a member of Iggy Pop’s band, he performed Charles Ives and John Cage while still in high school, worked with Robert Ashley and Laurie Anderson, and made a career composing and performing music that, as Steve Smith puts it, “deftly balanced conceptual rigor with breezy pop sounds.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Steve Smith, Laurie Anderson, John Cage, Charles Ives, Robert Ashley, 12.23.20, Joseph Gantic, Robert Sheff

Colosseum In Rome To Get Retractable Floor, Just Like It Had Originally

Well, this new one will probably be higher-tech, but yes, the Italian government has requested bids to construct a retractable floor along the lines of the one the ancient venue had until about 1,000 years ago. Plans are for construction to start in 2021 and be completed in 2023, after which concerts and theater will be performed there. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Rome, Visual, 12.23.20

Violinist Ivry Gitlis, 98

Born in mandate-era Palestine in 1922, he started playing violin at 6, entered the Paris Conservatory at 11 and won the school’s top prize at 13, and toured the world as a soloist into his 90s. (He also had a small sideline in movie acting.) – France 24 (AFP)
Tags: Art, France, People, Palestine, Paris Conservatory, 12.24.20, Ivry Gitlis

How The COVID Relief Money Will Help Performing Arts Venues

“Under the federal plan venue operators, promoters, music managers and talent agencies can apply for non-repayable, two-part grants that cover as much 45% of a venue’s 2019 revenue, capped at $10 million in the first round, followed by a supplemental grant in spring 2021 valued at 50% of the original grant. To qualify, applicants must have been in business on Feb. 29, 2020, and show 2020 revenues decreased by at least 25% on a quarterly basis compared to 2019. Venues will be able to begin apply...
Tags: Art, Issues, 12.23.20

The good, bad and ugly of owning a historic home amid the pandemic

What homes are optimal for living and working through stay-at-home orders and social distancing? It may depend on lifestyle and what a buyer is willing to put up with.
Tags: Florida, Design, Windows, New York City, Lifestyle, Radio, Idaho, Fires, New Homes, Agent, Rhode Island, Minimalist Design, Boise, Newport, Hudson Valley, The Corcoran Group

Upright Citizens Brigade Closes Yet Another Theater

“Almost exactly eight months after the closure of their [last remaining] New York venue and improv training center, the Upright Citizens Brigade has announced the end of their Sunset Theater in Los Angeles.” The company’s four founders (Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, Matt Besser, and Matt Walsh) said in their Twitter announcement, “We have been unable to make mortgage payments during this extended shutdown.” – Vulture
Tags: Art, New York, Theatre, Los Angeles, Matt Walsh, Sunset Theater, Upright Citizens Brigade, 12.23.20, Amy Poehler Ian Roberts Matt Besser

Broadway Star Rebecca Luker Dead Of ALS At 59

An operatically trained soprano whose clear and youthful voice was a natural for such roles as Maria in The Sound of Music and Christine in The Phantom of the Opera (which she understudied and which became her first lead role on Broadway), she was a three-time Tony nominee, for work in Show Boat, The Music Man, and Mary Poppins. Her last Broadway appearance was as Alison’s mother in Fun Home in 2016, and she worked until late last year before announcing her ALS diagnosis this past February. – P...
Tags: Art, People, Broadway, Maria, Alison, Christine, Tony, Mary Poppins, Fun Home, 12.23.20, Broadway Star Rebecca Luker Dead

Village Voice To Be Revived By New Owner

“Brian Calle, the chief executive of Street Media, the owner of LA Weekly, said on Tuesday that he had acquired the publication from its publisher, Peter D. Barbey. … [Calle] added that he planned to restart The Voice‘s website in January and would publish a ‘comeback’ print edition early next year, with quarterly print issues to follow.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Words, Voice, LA Weekly, Brian Calle, Peter D Barbey, 12.22.20

Leaked Texts Show How Sackler Family Counted On Museum Philanthropy To Save Their Skins In Opioid Crisis

“For years, as an opioid crisis ravaged America, the Sackler family, which founded Purdue Pharma, the company that made OxyContin, remained largely out of the public eye, free to accumulate billions of dollars of wealth in tranquility. But in recent years, the walls began to close in, as the press and regulators and lawyers and state attorneys general began to investigate Purdue’s role in the epidemic. And as pressure rose, to whom did the Sacklers turn to vouch for them? The museums that had t...
Tags: Art, America, Visual, Purdue, Purdue Pharma, Sackler, 12.19.20

Designers Crafted SpaceShipTwo so Passengers Know They’re Flying Virgin

A brand in space actually isn't a new idea. Pizza Hut delivered a 6-inch pizza (topped with salami) to the International Space Station in 2001. Elon Musk famously blasted his Tesla roadster toward Mars in 2018. And, earlier this year, Est?e Lauder sent 10 bottles of its new skin serum to the International Space Station,...
Tags: Elon Musk, Design, Advertising, International Space Station, Pizza Hut, Mars, Digital Features

How Jan van Eyck’s Masterpiece, the Ghent Altarpiece, Became the Most Stolen Work of Art in History It’s a little miraculous that so much European art and architecture survives, given how often the continent has erupted into wars that burned down nearly everything else. The Ghent Altarpiece, or Adoration of the Lamb, may be the most famous case in point. It is also, by far, the most stolen work of art in history, the victim of 13 different crimes over the past 600 years. Completed in 1432 by Flemish painter Jan van Eyck, and considered one of...
Tags: Google, Art, College, Nazis, Npr, Hitler, Christ, Napoleon, Jackson Pollock, Hubert, Facebook Twitter, Charney, Josh Jones, Goring, Beth Harris, Noah Charney

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