Lerato Shadi: The body, the land and the toll of unsung labour

The artist continues to give voice to unrecognised labour through her expanding practice that includes durational performance, installation and video work The post Lerato Shadi: The body, the land and the toll of unsung labour appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Art, Video, Friday, Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa (country, Lerato Shadi

German Study: Concerts, Museums, Performances In Theatres Are Safer Than Other Indoor Activities

The researchers found that if kept at 30% capacity with everyone wearing a mask and following proper precautions, museums, theaters, and operas are safer than any other activity studied. In museums, the R-value stands at 0.5 compared to 0.6 in hair salons and 0.8 in public transportation. – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Issues, 02.24.21

How Memory And The Passage Of Time Fold On Top Of One Another

The COVID-19 pandemic has wrung meaning from time. Each day is so like the former. April disappeared entirely; Thanksgiving feels as close, or faraway, as last June. I no longer can keep track of the dates; time has become a pool of standing water. – Psyche
Tags: Art, Ideas, 02.24.21

What Will Happen If Publishing Giants Merge?

“Perhaps the industry’s biggest concern about the merger, especially among agents and authors, is what it will mean for book deals. An agent representing a promising author or buzzworthy book often hopes to auction it to the highest bidder. If there are fewer buyers, will it be harder for agents to get an auction going for their clients, and ultimately, will it be harder for authors to get an advantageous deal?” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Words, 02.26.21, Publishing Giants

New Director Takes Control Over Pompeii Site

“He was among the first crop of foreigners picked to direct an Italian museum or cultural site as part of what was a contentious drive to revamp the management of the country’s heritage. Not only was he foreign but he was the youngest person in charge of a major site.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Pompeii, Visual, 02.26.21

How Museums Use Consultants To Hide Behind Their Biggest Problems

“Consultants are hired to tell museums the truth,” says Adrienne Horn, the president of Museum Management Consultants and a former executive board member for the American Association of Museums. But a series of missteps and hollow promises from institutions that have relied on third-party advice are bringing new scrutiny to the influx of for-profit strategies in a nonprofit world. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Visual, American Association of Museums, 02.25.21, Adrienne Horn, Museum Management Consultants

Rajie Cook, Who Designed The Pictograms We See Everywhere, Dead At 90

“In 1974 Cook & Shanosky Associates, a design firm started by Mr. Cook and Don Shanosky a few years earlier, won a contract to develop a set of symbols that could be universally understood, and that would efficiently convey the kinds of information people in a public place might need. … The signage the two came up with, 34 pictographs (with others added later), is still in use today.” Later in life, he became an “art activist” making sculptural assemblages. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Cook, People, 02.25.21, Rajie Cook, Cook Shanosky Associates, Don Shanosky

The History Of ‘Madama Butterfly’ In Japan

“It was not the ‘alien’ music that disturbed the Japanese audience” at the Tokyo premiere in 1914 (there had been a Western music school in the city since 1890), “but the threat to traditional hierarchies between men and women. Later, in the 1930s, feminist writers such as Ichiko Kamichika and Akiko Yosano criticised the opera for promoting a ‘victim’ like Butterfly as something of a Japanese ‘paragon’. Somewhat ironically, Butterfly thus proved to be an effective catalyst for the emergence of ...
Tags: Art, Music, Japan, Tokyo, Madama Butterfly, Akiko Yosano, 03.03.21, Ichiko Kamichika

How Novels Can Help Plan Our Way Through COVID Recovery

As sources for possible future scenarios capable of providing strategic foresight, or producing alternative future plans, novels can also help businesses create dialogue on difficult and even taboo subjects. Novels are, therefore, capable of helping managers become better, providing them with creative insight and wisdom. Science fiction can provide a means to explore morality tales, a warning of possible futures, in an attempt to help us avoid or rectify that future. – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Words, 02.24.21

London School Of Contemporary Dance Overhauls Everything To Become More Diverse

“The drive to create a more diverse dance curriculum and the aim to harness digital capabilities to prepare graduates for a post-Covid world means the way we teach dance needs to radically change, in order to better prepare graduates for the cultural landscape in which contemporary independent dance artists forge their career and which many of them go on to shape,” said Clare Connor, the Place’s chief executive. – The Stage
Tags: Art, London, Dance, Clare Connor, 02.25.21

A Life Listening To Jazz: W. Royal Stokes

No one could have predicted Stokes’s zigzag jazz life, including him. Born in D.C. in 1930, he was a teen obsessed with boogie-woogie records; then a student turned professor of Greek and Latin languages and literature and ancient history; then a turned-on-tuned-in-dropped-out hippie roadtripper; then a volunteer radio DJ; then a voracious music scribe who published his first jazz review at age 42; thena freelance jazz critic for The Washington Post and, later, an editor at JazzTimes magazine. ...
Tags: Art, Washington Post, People, Stokes, JazzTimes, 02.24.21

The World’s Largest Bach Website Brought To You By A Computer Engineer In Tel Aviv

The Bach Cantatas Website, founded 20 years ago by Aryeh Oron, includes texts from Bach’s sacred works in multiple languages, discographies, history and analysis of each piece, and many other resources. It gets 15,000-20,000 hits a day and is used even by the likes of John Eliot Gardiner and Masaaki Suzuki, two of the world’s leading Bach conductors. – Haaretz (Israel)
Tags: Art, Music, Tel Aviv, World, Bach, Masaaki Suzuki, John Eliot Gardiner, 02.24.21, Bach Cantatas Website, Aryeh Oron

Is It Time… Finally… To Kill The Book Blurb?

In 1936, George Orwell claimed that “the disgusting tripe that is written by the blurb-reviewers” was causing the public to turn away from novels altogether. “Novels are being shot at you at the rate of fifteen a day,” he wrote in an essay, “and every one of them an unforgettable masterpiece which you imperil your soul by missing.” – The Wall Street Journal
Tags: Art, George Orwell, Words, 02.24.21

Literature Is A Technology, And It Should Be Taught Like One

Neuroscientist-turned-English-professor Angus Fletcher: “It’s a machine designed to work in concert with another machine, our brain. The purpose of the two machines is to accelerate each other. … We’ve been taught in school to interpret literature, to say what it means, to identify its themes and arguments. But when you do that, you’re working against literature. I’m saying we need to find these technologies, these inventions, and connect them to your head, see what they can do for your brain.”...
Tags: Art, Words, Angus Fletcher, 02.24.21

Podcasting Is Becoming Big Business. Will That Ruin It?

Even as media companies pour billions into the industry, “its formats and business practices are still developing, leading producers, executives and talent to view the medium as akin to television circa 1949: lucrative and uncharted territory with plenty of room for experimentation and flag-planting. … But along with the optimism come worries that big money may stifle the D.I.Y. spirit vital to podcasting’s identity.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, 02.25.21

Race, Privilege, And Values Collide At Smith College

“This is a tale of how race, class and power collided at the elite 145-year-old liberal arts college, where tuition, room and board top $78,000 a year and where the employees who keep the school running often come from working-class enclaves beyond the school’s elegant wrought iron gates. The story highlights the tensions between a student’s deeply felt sense of personal truth and facts that are at odds with it.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Issues, Smith College, 02.24.21

California Lost 175,000 Creative Sector Jobs In 2020

The latest edition of an annual study from the Otis College of Arts & Design found that “the creative economy lost more than 13 percent of its job in California, and more than 25 percent in Los Angeles County.” Two studies on the economic impact of the pandemic from Californians for the Arts are similarly dispiriting. – Artnet
Tags: Art, California, Issues, Los Angeles County, 02.25.21, Otis College of Arts Design

Lessons From The Explosion Of Online Dance During The Pandemic

“With audiences and funders generally letting dancers decide what (and how much) to produce while distancing requirements are in place, the incentive to go virtual appears almost wholly self-imposed. … More than anything else, peer pressure is what led so many companies to produce so much content so early — setting a pace difficult to sustain as the pandemic wore on.” – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, 02.24.21

A New York Times Reporter Tries To Learn ‘Podcast Voice’

Alexis Soloski: “It’s recognizable enough that Portlandia and Saturday Night Live can parody it. It suggests intimacy, a rumpled authenticity. Because if someone were faking it, they would, like, definitely cut out the filler words and upspeak. I mean, right? But the most seemingly unstudied performances are often the result of relentless rehearsal and calculation. So I wanted to know how this podcast voice was done. And I wanted to know if I could do it.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, New York Times, Portlandia, Alexis Soloski, 02.25.21

Stage Actors In Paris Offer ‘Poetic Consultations’ By Phone

“‘I am calling you for a poetic consultation,’ said a warm voice on the telephone. ‘It all starts with a very simple question: How are you?’ Since March, almost 15,000 people around the world have received a call like this. These conversations with actors, who offer a one-on-one chat before reading a poem selected for the recipient, started as a lockdown initiative by a prominent Paris playhouse, the Théâtre de la Ville, in order to keep its artists working while stages remained dark.” – The Ne...
Tags: Art, Theatre, Paris, Words, Theatre de la Ville, 02.25.21

Best. Science. Fiction. Show. Ever.

Want three reasons why that headline is justified? Characters and acting, universe building, and science.For those who don't know, "The Expanse" is a series that's run on SyFy and Amazon Prime set about 200 years in the future in a mostly settled solar system with three waring factions: Earth, Mars, and Belters.No other show I know of manages to use real science so adeptly in the service of its story and its grand universe building. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know: Best science fiction show ever. That ...
Tags: Art, Science Fiction, Space, TV, Science, Movies, New York City, Amazon Prime, War, Earth, Tom Hanks, Culture, Innovation, Un, Mars, Ceres

Lincoln Center To Open 10 Outdoor Spaces This Spring

“The broad initiative, known as ‘Restart Stages,’ … [includes] plans for a cabaret-style stage, a dedicated area for families that will feature arts activities for children, rehearsal venues that will be open to the public, an outdoor reading room created in partnership with the New York Library for the Performing Arts and an outdoor space for another kind of Lincoln Center ritual: public school graduations held each spring and summer.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Lincoln Center, Issues, Audience, New York Library, 02.25.21

UK and Irish galleries reach new truce in tug of war over Lane collection

London and Dublin have been at odds for a century over last will of art collector Sir Hugh LaneA new chapter has been agreed between Britain and Ireland in an acrimonious century-old dispute over the ownership of 39 priceless masterpieces by artists including Manet, Monet, Degas and Renoir.In 1915 the Irish art collector Sir Hugh Lane was among more than 1,000 people who died when the Lusitania, an ocean liner, was torpedoed by a German U-boat off the southern coast of Ireland. Continue reading....
Tags: Art, Europe, UK, London, UK News, World news, Culture, Britain, Ireland, Art and design, Museums, Dublin, National Gallery, Renoir, Lane, Hugh Lane

Major Layoffs Coming At London’s V&A Museum

“Vast cuts at the Victoria and Albert Museum are feared to be imminent, with curators and conservators in the line of fire. … Details of the museum’s ‘recovery strategy’ were briefed to unions on Thursday. Staff are expecting to hear news of redundancies within days. One insider expressed dismay that the curatorial division may have to make 20% cuts.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, London, Victoria, Visual, Albert Museum, 02.25.21

Was This Picture Painted By A Human Or By AI? Most Folks Can’t Tell, Finds Study

“A majority of respondents were only able to identify one of the five AI landscape works as such. Around 75 to 85 percent of respondents guessed wrong on the other four. When they did correctly attribute an artwork to AI, it was the abstract one.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Visual, 02.24.21

Download 280 Pictographs That Put Japanese Culture Into a New Visual Language: They’re Free for the Public to Use

“One of the biggest considerations when traveling to Japan is its inscrutable language,” writes Designboom’s Juliana Neira. But then, one might also consider making that language more scrutable — and making one’s experience in Japan much richer — by learning some of it. Kanji, the Chinese characters used in the written Japanese language, may at first look like small, often bewilderingly complex pictures, and many assume they visually evoke the meanings they express. In fact, to use the linguist...
Tags: Travel, Google, Japan, Design, College, Language, Seoul, Osaka, Facebook Twitter, Ginza, Asakusa Tokyo, Colin Marshall, Spoon Tamago, Facebook Download, Kenya Hara, 21st Century Los Angeles

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