Former Producer Accuses KCRW Of Systemic Racism

Cerise Castle said in a podcast interview and on social media on Monday that her time at KCRW was “marked by microaggressions, gaslighting, and blatant racism starting when I was physically prevented from entering the building multiple times within my first month of employment.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, KCRW, 02.24.21, Cerise Castle

More People Are Sending Nude Selfies Of Themselves. Why?

As the pandemic forces relationships to be conducted remotely, more people than ever are resorting to the virtual exchange of intimacies. Last autumn, a poll of 7,000 UK schoolchildren by the youth sexual health charity Brook put the figure at nearly one in five who said they would send a naked selfie to a partner during a lockdown. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, UK, Visual, Brook, 02.23.21

Our Strained Conceptual Relationship With Squirrels

“It’s almost as though the existence of animals, and their various similarities to humans, constituted insults. Like a squirrel, I have eyes and ears, scurry about on the ground and occasionally climb a tree. (One of us does this better than the other does.) Our shared qualities — the fact that we are both hairy or that we have eyes or we poop, for example — are disconcerting if I am an immortal being created in the image of God and the squirrel just a physical organism, a bundle of instincts.”...
Tags: Art, Ideas, 02.23.21

Australia’s Big Festivals Have Thrived With International Stars. Can They Work With Local Artists?

Tasmania’s MONA FOMA festival last month saw a ‘hyperlocal’ approach to programming. Unable to draw headliners from around the world, local artists were front and centre – of the 352 artists involved, 90% were Tasmanian. By most accounts, it was a success with reviewers and audiences. – ArtsHub (Australia)
Tags: Art, Australia, Tasmania, Issues, Foma, 02.23.21

Remember The Concert Companion? (It’s Worth Remembering Why It Didn’t Catch On)

Roland Valliere described the Concert Companion as similar to audio guides in art museums. “I was trying to do for symphony orchestras what audio guides have done for museums: enhance and enrich the experience in real-time,” he was quoted as saying.  But audio guides do not have a time sequencing pressure associated with them like music does and they do not distract from other viewers’ experience. – The Nightingale’s Sonata
Tags: Art, Music, 02.22.21, Roland Valliere

NYC Culture Jobs Down By Astonishing Two-Thirds In 2020

Jobs in arts, entertainment and recreation fell by 66% last year from 2019, the largest decline among the city’s economic sectors, erasing a decade of gains in what was one of New York’s most vibrant industries, the report said. – Crain’s New York
Tags: Art, New York, Issues, Crain, 02.23.21

Gov’t Shuts Down Hungary’s Last Independent Radio Station

“When the faithful listeners to Klubrádió, a talk radio station that has been a beacon of free speech in Hungary, tuned in last Monday, February 15, they found only silence. … As an open forum for public discourse, Klubrádió has challenged a range of government policies, including those bearing on public memory and press freedom.” – The Nation
Tags: Art, Media, Hungary, Klubrádió, 02.24.21

Watch This AI Play Almost Any Piece Of Music On The Piano After Hearing Once

Created by Canadian-based Massive Technologies, the AI pianist is trained to listen to musical compositions and recreate them with virtual hands—and the results are pretty good. – Vice
Tags: Art, Music, 02.23.21, Massive Technologies

The Nobel Winner Who’s Not All That Crazy About Writing

Kazuo Ishiguro: “In some ways, I suppose, I’m just not that dedicated to my vocation. I expect it’s because writing wasn’t my first choice of profession. It’s almost something I fell back on because I couldn’t make it as a singer-songwriter. It’s not something I’ve wanted to do every minute of my life. It’s what I was permitted to do. So, you know, I do it when I really want to do it, but otherwise I don’t.” – The New York Times Magazine
Tags: Art, Words, Kazuo Ishiguro, 02.23.21

Whatever The Pandemic May Have Thrown At You, There’s A German Word For It

“Over the past year, German has coined some 1,000-plus new terms endemic to the Now Times. … And that’s thanks to the language’s rules of compound noun formation, which dictate that you can make a new, longer legitimate word out of almost any existing ones.” Germanist and recovering academic Rebecca Schuman is our guide. – Slate
Tags: Art, Words, Rebecca Schuman, 02.24.21

160 Public Confederate Symbols Were Taken Down In 2020

In the group’s “Whose Heritage?” report, the Southern Poverty Law Center said that last year had been transformative, but that more than 2,100 symbols of the Confederacy remained, including 704 monuments. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, Southern Poverty Law Center, 02.23.21

Claim: Once-Proud Glasgow School Of Art Now A Toxic Mess

First there was the fire. “Since then, tragedy has turned to travesty and toxicity as a wall of silence coupled with multiple sackings has left Glasgow reeling. The city that was once renowned for both its hundred-plus years of artistic heritage and current can-do dozen Turner prize winners now has a vast burnt-out shell – literally – at its city centre and an even bigger hole in the Art School’s spiritual psyche.” – Artlyst
Tags: Art, Glasgow, Visual, 02.16.21

Daughter Of Israel’s Most Famous Author Accuses Him Of ‘Sadistic Abuse’

In the opening lines of her new memoir, the second daughter of Amos Oz, Galia, wrote, “In my childhood, my father beat me, swore and humiliated me. … Not a passing loss of control and not a slap in the face here or there, but a routine of sadistic abuse. My crime was me myself, so the punishment had no end.” Galia’s siblings and mother say they remember Amos, who died in late 2018, very differently. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Israel, People, Amos, Galia, 02.23.21, Amos Oz Galia

"What's the avocado tree's name? (I have forgotten). It's looking pretty large."

Said MadisonMan, in the comments to the post with video of Meade grinding hard red winter wheat. Meade answered "Arthur" with a link to "Recurring features in Mad (magazine)" (Wikipedia), and then, later, took this picture of the tree and me.   I'm there, I suppose, for scale. The hat is not an affectation, but a needed shield for my eyes as I work in front of the big window, but it's funny to see it in the picture, because I just finished writing a post on the for the artist Barry Le Va, and...
Tags: Art, Utah, Law, Wikipedia, Plants, Hats, Arthur, Meade, Ann Althouse, MadisonMan, photos by Meade, off-blog Althouse, Barry Le Va, Said MadisonMan, Le Va

The Landing is bringing shoppable social and collaboration to interior design

Monetizable mood boards might sound like the moonshot idea that no one asked for, but when you think about it, the vision is already informally happening in various corners of the internet. A young generation of users shops with community in mind, whether that’s buying merchandise from your favorite influencers or giving into those Instagram advertisements after spending way too much time on the grid. As more users think of shopping as a social, digital-first activity, The Landing, a seed-stage ...
Tags: TC, Real Estate, Tech, CMO, Reddit, Zillow, The Landing, Interior Design, Aileen Lee, Early Stage, Buckingham, Buckland, Modsy, Cowboy Ventures Lee, Tracy Sun, Dara Treseder

February linkfest

“Trade characters” like Aunt Jemima and the Quaker Oats man used to be much more common in American commerce than they are today, writes logo expert James I. Bowie in Marker. They were so common, in fact, that the US Patent and Trademark Office assigned six-digit codes to trademark applications to “capture personal characteristics, including race and gender, as they were perceived in American culture many decades ago”: There are codes for Native Americans and Asian Pacific people, but not fo...
Tags: Art, Design, Instagram, Film, Washington Post, Punctuation, Government, White House, Cars, US, Domains, German, New York Times, Linguistics, Contests, Interior Department

Collection Worth $400 Million Donated To Seattle Art Museum

“[The gift is] 19 20th-century abstract expressionist and European masterworks — including those by Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning — from the Lang Collection, once owned by the late Medina philanthropists Jane Lang Davis and Richard E. Lang. The gift also includes an additional $10.5 million in dedicated funds for the museum.” – The Seattle Times
Tags: Art, Medina, Jackson Pollock, Willem De Kooning, Visual, Seattle Art Museum, 02.24.21, Lang Collection, Jane Lang Davis, Richard E Lang

16-Year-Old Dance Student Becomes First To Reach 100 Million TikTok Followers

Charli D’Amelio, the 16 year-old dance student and TikTok sensation was awarded $100,000 from TikTok when she reached 100 million followers in November of 2020. She donated her gift to the American Dance Movement with the guidelines to award 10 national dance centers $10,000 each.  – Group Upstate
Tags: Art, Dance, Charli D'Amelio, 02.23.21, American Dance Movement

Silas Farley, 26, Will Be Dean Of Dance At Colburn School In L.A.

Farley raised eyebrows last June when he retired from New York City Ballet at such a young age, but he had already been choreographing and teaching for for more than a decade and wanted to do more of it. Now he will — and his associate dean, running the business side of things will be Darleen Callaghan, who was his very first dance teacher. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Dance, Farley, New York City Ballet, Colburn School, Silas Farley, 02.24.21, Darleen Callaghan

Running Your Own Art Gallery Business Online

An artist who creates an online gallery does not have to rely on others' support, as he takes full responsibility for the promotion of his works. The post Running Your Own Art Gallery Business Online appeared first on Young Upstarts.
Tags: Art, Startups, Ideaspotting

"Mr. Le Va used his own body as material, violently, with 'Impact Run Velocity Piece,' an audio work that he performed just once — and recorded..."

"... at Ohio State University in 1969. Here he ran repeatedly at full speed into opposite walls of a gallery until he was unable to proceed. The recording was then played in the open gallery, leaving visitors to deduce his actions from sound alone: footsteps, impact and slowing pace. He allotted 30 seconds for each run. In one interview he said he had kept it up for an hour and 45 minutes (more than 200 sprints), at which point friends ended the performance, fearing for his health. The recorded...
Tags: Art, Law, Paris, Centre Pompidou, Ohio State University, Ann Althouse, Roberta Smith, Le Va

As They Stream Their Work, Theater Companies Find A New, Far-Flung Public

“Across the country, and beyond its borders, many theaters say new audiences for their streaming offerings has been an unexpected silver lining — one that could have ramifications for the industry even after it is safe to perform live again and presenters try to return patrons to their seats.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Audience, 02.24.21

Van Gogh Painting Unseen For More Than 130 Years Now On View

“A Street Scene In Montmartre has been owned by a French family for most of the time since it was painted in 1887. Sotheby’s estimates it could fetch up to eight million euros (£6.9m) when it is sold at auction next month.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Montmartre, Visual, Sotheby, 02.24.21

Union Is Actively Campaigning Against Donations To Met Opera

As the pandemic and the consequent furlough of Met employees drag on, and as negotiations over a new contract have broken down (the old contract expired at a very bad time), the backstage workers’ union IATSE Local One has launched a campaign urging donors not to give the Met money until the furloughs end. The union is even lobbying lawmakers to withhold stimulus money. – NPR
Tags: Art, Music, Iatse, 02.19.21

Brexit Is Far More Damaging Than COVID, Say British Theatre And Dance Companies

Says the executive producer at one major troupe, “Brexit will have the bigger impact because it’s a long-term restriction. We’re a flexible, dynamic sector and can work our way out of COVID – but if we can’t produce and export our work, that’s going to have a devastating effect.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Issues, 02.24.21

COVID Killed Two-Thirds Of All Arts And Recreation Jobs In NYC

“Employment in New York City’s arts, entertainment and recreation sector plummeted by 66 percent from December 2019 to December 2020, according to a report released on Wednesday by the New York State Comptroller’s office.” The study “said that the sector had seen the largest drop of all the parts of the city’s economy.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, New York, New York City, New York State, Issues, 02.24.21

René Magritte’s Early Art Deco Posters (1924-1927)

The Belgian painter René Magritte created some of the most enigmatic and iconic works in Surrealist art. But before he moved to Paris in 1927 and began forging relationships with André Breton and the Surrealists, Magritte struggled in Brussels as a freelance commercial artist, creating advertisements in the Art Deco style. In 1924 Magritte began designing posters and advertisements for the couturier Honorine “Norine” Deschrijver and her husband Paul-Gustave Van Hecke, owners of the Belgian fash...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, College, Paris, Brussels, Boston Public Library, Facebook Twitter, Magritte, Lister, William Faulkner, André Breton, Rene Magritte, Norine, Hrag Vartanian, Honorine

Maze raises another $15 million for its user testing platform

Maze has closed a $15 million Series A funding round led by Emergence Capital. The company lets you run user tests at scale so that you can get feedback before rolling out a design update or test copy. When you have a lot of users, you don’t want to roll out some changes before testing it first. Some companies run A/B tests on a small portion of users and gather feedback with custom forms and polls. But that involves some coding and complications in your roadmap. Other companies simply spend a l...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Europe, Design, Developer, Tech, Jay Simons, Seedcamp, Emergence Capital, Maze, User Testing, User Test, Amplify Partners Partech, GE Samsung Vodafone Braze, FairMoney Maze

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