Don’t Miss:Your guide to in-person and virtual events

Art, theatre and literature events to feed your soul this long weekend The post Don’t Miss:Your guide to in-person and virtual events appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Art, Theatre, Literature, Friday, Zakes Mda, Joburg Theatre, Niq Mhlongo, Soweto Theatre, Don’t Miss, Clive Mathibe, My VaginaWas Not Buried With Him, Napo Masheane, Patric Mellet, Shafinaaz Hassim, Time Of The Writer, Zabalaza Theatre Festival

The Portfolio: Robyn Field’s recurring archetypes

For the artist, creating work helps her make sense of her feelings around complex and heated subjects The post The Portfolio: Robyn Field’s recurring archetypes appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Art, Painting, Ideas, Emotions, Debate, Friday, Artist, Social Conversations, Archetypes, MeToo, The Portfolio, Aaliyah archetype, Robyn Field, The occupation of Aaliyah

Computers V. Humans – What’s Possible?

The greatest imaginative challenge seems to be foreseeing which changes will arrive sooner than expected (computers outplaying chess grandmasters), and which will be surprisingly slow (flying cars). The tech-world saying is that people chronically overestimate what technology can do in a year, and underestimate what it can do in a decade and beyond. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Issues, 03.19.21

Museums Battle Over The Ethics Of Selling Art To Survive

The debate has grown heated in recent weeks, pitting museum against museum, and forcing the association — which serves as the industry’s referee and moral watchdog — to postpone talks about extending the change indefinitely. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, 03.19.21

Warner Studios Cancels Plans To Build Tram To The Hollywood Sign

The effort, dubbed the Hollywood Skyway, would have cost the studio an estimated $100 million. The tramway would have taken visitors on a six-minute ride more than 1 mile up the back of Mt. Lee to a new visitors center near the sign, with pathways to a viewing area. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, Los Angeles, Hollywood Sign, Warner Studios, Mt Lee, Hollywood Skyway, 03.18.21

The Controversies In Translating Amanda Gorman

“In one camp, translators argue that the issue is representation in the field, not whether a white translator is incapable of translating an author of a different background. Another contingent believes the incident signals a threatening policing of who is eligible to translate, a step closer to a world where the validity of one’s experience and ideas is contingent on identity.” – Asymptote Journal
Tags: Art, Words, Amanda Gorman, 03.18.21

Small Independent Opera Companies Are Saving Opera

Across Canada, indie opera companies are making the art form cool again; daring and provocative again. Pre-pandemic, the collective mass of these companies was on the verge of something truly special: making opera mainstream, something to be wafted over a crowded pub, or poured out freely in church basements and makeshift venues coast to coast. – CBC
Tags: Art, Music, Canada, 03.19.21

The Royal Shakespeare Company At 60

“In 1960 Peter Hall created a theatrical revolution. He turned a summer Shakespeare festival in Stratford-on-Avon into a year-round enterprise based on a permanent ensemble, a second home in London and a mix of classical and contemporary work. But it wasn’t until 20 March 1961 that the whole enterprise was given the name we know today. … Sixty years on, even as we celebrate the RSC’s survival, new questions arise. What is it really for? How does it adapt to a changing world? Do we still believe...
Tags: Art, London, Theatre, Avon, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford, Peter Hall, 03.19.21

The Invitation Of Translation — And Its Pitfalls

The act and the art of translation requires the permission to transcend borders, the permission to make mistakes, and the permission to be repeated, by anyone who feels the tempestuous tug, and the clarion call, of the unfamiliar. To rein in such liberty through categories and compartments that imprison our creativity is a disservice to the human imagination. – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Words, 03.19.21

Streaming Passes 1 Billion Subscribers (But Theatre Box Office Tanks)

For the first time ever, subscriptions to streaming services surpassed one billion, reaching 1.1 billion globally. At the same time, box office receipts plummeted because movie theaters across the world were closed for a significant part of 2020. Global ticket sales tapped out at $12 billion, with North America accounting for $2.2 billion of that haul. (2019 saw $42 billion in revenue). – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, North America, Audience, 03.19.21

Could A Joint Dictionary Unify North And South Korea? (Well, No)

Being that the South has been open to the rest of the world while the North has been sealed off for seven decades, the Korean spoken on the two sides of the DMZ is rather different. South Korea’s Unification Ministry has been hoping that an “inter-Korean dictionary” — launched in 2005 and currently getting a new push from Seoul (which is paying for it) — could bring the Republic and the Democratic People’s Republic closer together. The project hasn’t been going so well. – Deutsche Welle
Tags: Art, South Korea, Words, Republic, Seoul, South, Unification Ministry, 03.18.21

IKEA Has Turned Its Catalog Into An Audiobook

“When IKEA canceled its beloved print catalog last year, it hinted at plans to venture into new formats to better reach an increasingly internet-dependent customer base.” And so it did: “Published on Spotify, Audible, and YouTube, the IKEA Audio Catalog is essentially a quippy version of its 288-page product book.” But can you really use it to shop without any pictures? – Yahoo! (Quartz)
Tags: Art, Ikea, Words, 03.18.21

Oscar Nominees Told Zooming In Not An Option For The Event

“We are treating the event as an active movie set, with specially designed testing cadences to ensure up-to-the-minute results, including an on-site COVID safety team with PCR testing capability. There will be specific instructions for those of you traveling in from outside of Los Angeles, and other instructions for those of you who are already based in Los Angeles.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Media, Los Angeles, 03.18.21

Streaming Classical Music: Where The Money Really Goes, And Where It Ought To Go

“In the first two articles in the series, we looked at the streaming industry’s revenues, how they’re shared out between the music we listen to and how we choose that music. This week, we’re going to look at who ultimately receives the money — and at how the industry could or should change.” – Bachtrack
Tags: Art, Music, 03.18.21

The Bottom Line: How America’s Arts Organizations Are Doing

A new report looks at the balance sheets of the country’s arts organizations. Community and theatre organizations fared the best, while museums and symphony orchestras had negative bottom lines. – SMU Data Arts
Tags: Art, America, Issues, 03.18.21

Exec Who Saved Capitol Records, Bhaskar Menon, Dead At 86

The record label was reeling in 1970: its cash cow, The Beatles, had disbanded, and it lost $8 million that year. Parent company EMI put Menon in charge the next year and he turned it all around: in 1973 Capitol released Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, and the label spent the decade issuing hit after hit by Tina Turner, Linda Ronstadt, Helen Reddy, Bob Seger, Grand Funk Railroad, and others. Menon went on to run EMI’s enormous worldwide music operations. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Pink Floyd, Beatles, EMI, Menon, 03.18.21, Exec Who Saved Capitol Records Bhaskar Menon Dead, Tina Turner Linda Ronstadt Helen Reddy Bob Seger

Oh Great, Now They’re Turning Dance Into NFTs, Too

With Non-Fungible Tokens taking the visual art world hostage by storm, it was only a matter of time before other art forms turned to them. The NFTs made by blockchain platform Enjin and street dance group Beauty in the Streets “represent signature moves and mannerisms of various performers which, in turn, can then be sold to fans via online stores and live shows and used as emotes [i.e., animated emojis] within participating video games and apps.” And so it begins … – CoinDesk
Tags: Art, Dance, 03.16.21

Beijing Leans On Hong Kong’s Arts Funding Body To Curb ‘Anti-Government’ Work

“The campaign has forced the Arts Development Council into stating it might suspend grants to artists who advocated independence, while additional cultural venues have refused to screen a controversial documentary about the 2019 anti-government protests. The question of what constitutes ‘lawbreaking artworks’ has also been raised in the Legislative Council.” – South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)
Tags: Art, Hong Kong, Beijing, Issues, Arts Development Council, 03.19.21, Legislative Council South China Morning Post

James Levine Was An Argument Against Genius-Worship Culture

Until his death, Levine was perhaps the music world’s most staggering living testament to the dangers of genius-worship culture. That culture nourished his ascent and enabled his alleged serial sexual abuse of young men, whom he had the power to make or break. – Boston Globe
Tags: Art, People, Levine, 03.17.21

Zeev Aram obituary

Designer and founder of a modernist furniture store that helped to shape the look of 1960s BritainWhen, in 1971, David Hockney was asked to paint a portrait of the retiring chief executive of London’s Royal Opera House, he insisted the sitter come to his Notting Hill flat. The resultant picture, Portrait of Sir David Webster, shows the ailing mandarin in a Mies van der Rohe chair, set next to a glass table with tubular steel legs. Both pieces of furniture had been sold to Hockney by Zeev Aram, w...
Tags: Business, Design, London, Retail industry, Art and design, PERCY, David Hockney, Interiors, Royal Opera House, King, Bazaar, Clark, Aram, Hockney, Mies, Marcel Breuer

'Self-satisfied pork butcher': Shakespeare grave effigy believed to be definitive likeness

Exclusive: Bust in Holy Trinity church was modelled by tomb-maker Nicholas Johnson, research findsThey say you should never meet your heroes, which has been just as well for literature fans who for centuries have been told they would never even see an accurate likeness of William Shakespeare. Until recently, there were only two definitive portraits of the playwright widely regarded to be the greatest writer in the English language and both were thought to have been painted posthumously. Art crit...
Tags: Art, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, Sculpture, William Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Nicholas Johnson, Thomas Overbury

From Gnomeo & Juliet to Baz Luhrmann: 10 of the best Romeo and Juliets

Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers have provided inspiration across stage and screen, via slang-singing gangs and warring garden ornamentsModern Toss on Shakespeare’s classic romanceSun’s out, guns out: Baz Luhrmann captures the temper-fraying, passion-sparking heat of Shakespeare’s summertime tragedy. We’re in Verona (or is that Venice?) Beach, where the boardwalk throbs and shirts are either loud or absent. Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes are love’s young dreamers, and – in a jostle of brill...
Tags: Film, Theatre, Culture, Television & radio, Stage, Leonardo Dicaprio, William Shakespeare, Venice, Shakespeare, Verona, Claire Danes, Romeo, Baz Luhrmann, Juliet, Romeo And Juliet, Pete Postlethwaite

Here's what happens to digital artwork - like the $69 million Beeple collage - if the site it's bought from goes offline

"Tom Hanks Beating the Shit Out of Coronavirus," by Mike Winkelmann, otherwise known as "Beeple." Beeple A piece of digital artwork tied to an NFT sold for just shy of $70 million last week. But what happens to that digital artwork if the servers hosting it go offline? Does it lose value? Due to the nature of NFT-based tech, the answer is largely no - but there are some technical issues. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. In a record-setting sale hosted by Christie'...
Tags: Art, Trends, Tom Hanks, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Blockchain, Christie, NFT, Winkelmann, Digital Art, Ben Gilbert, Beeple, Mike Winkelmann, NFTS, Tech Insider, Non Fungible Tokens

Russia Is Investigating Its Own Eurovision Song Contest Entry For ‘Illegal Statements’

Following criminal complaints by a veterans’ group and the Russian Union of Orthodox Women that the pop tune’s words “aim to seriously insult and humiliate the human dignity of Russian women” and “[incite] hatred towards men, which undermines the foundations of a traditional family,” authorities are investigating singer Manizha Sangin for her anthem “Russian Woman,” which salutes the strength of the nation’s females and calls on them to be independent and resist sexism. – Yahoo! (AFP)
Tags: Art, Music, Russia, 03.18.21, Manizha Sangin, Russian Union of Orthodox

Bollywood’s Biggest Legend Leads Fight To Preserve India’s Oldest Films

Amitabh Bachchan, who’s been a superstar in India for 50 years, has campaigned for years for the preservation of film from Indian cinema’s early history, which goes back to 1931 for talkies and 1913 for silent movies. Some 80% of Bollywood’s output from 1931 to 1950 is lost or unavailable to the public, and out of more than 1,100 silent films made there, only 29 are known to have survived. And much of that old celluloid is in poor condition. – BBC
Tags: Art, Media, India, Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan, 03.19.21

Many Museums Want To Remove The Sackler Name From Their Campuses. State Attorneys General Want To Let Them.

“Following [Purdue Pharma’s bankruptcy] court filing in New York, the attorneys general from 23 states issued a statement calling for amendments to the plan, which they say does not offer sufficient concessions — including one that would protect non-profits that opt to remove the Sackler name from their spaces, regardless of gift agreements.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, New York, Visual, Purdue Pharma, Sackler, 03.18.21

Arts In Chicago Set To Restart After IL Governor Raises Capacity Limits

“The new ‘phase 4A’ will allow for 25% fixed seating capacity in indoor and outdoor film, theater and performing arts venues of 200 seats or more. For fixed-seating venues with capacities under 200, the limit will increase to 50% capacity or 50 seats, whichever is fewer. .. The new plan will be implemented when 70% of Illinois residents 65 and over are vaccinated.” – Yahoo! (Chicago Tribune)
Tags: Art, Chicago, Illinois, Issues, Audience, 03.18.21

How Edward Hopper’s Paintings Inspired the Creepy Suspense of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window

Certain directors like to implicate their audience in their onscreen crimes, drawing on decades of expectations created by popular cinematic tropes and playing with the viewer’s innate desires. Filmmaker Michael Haneke takes a Hitchcockian approach in this regard, in nightmarish visions like Benny’s Video, The Piano Player, and Caché. “Haneke uses voyeurism to dismantle the space between the film and audience,” writes Popmatters,” and in doing so, he takes advantage of what might be thought of ...
Tags: Google, Art, New York, Film, College, Kyle Maclachlan, Alfred Hitchcock, Michael Haneke, Hopper, Edward Hopper, Tom, Benny, Stewart, Jeff, Facebook Twitter, Lynch

Do That Thing You’re Not Good At

I rushed into the kitchen to share the great news with my family. “You guys! I made it! I got a spot in the musical!” My young teenage heart was pumping with pride and excitement. My two older sisters looked at each other and then back at me. “Mr. Matthews thinks you can sing and dance?” They burst into laughter, and I almost couldn’t blame them. I was notorious for lacking rhythm and coordination. I tripped on my own feet just walking across the room. Finding a key to sing in and sticking with ...
Tags: Art, Music, Inspiration, Jesus, God, Singing, Worship, Matthews, Encouragement, Praise, Zephaniah 3:17

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