Will the designer change your text?

When I started making pitch decks 15 years ago, there were not many people who called themselves “presentation designer”. Now the world is flooded with them. But “designer” is a very broad term used by people with varying skills.Most “before and after” examples on designer’s web pages are beautiful makeovers of slides. Better fonts, better colours, a nice image. It all looks a lot better. But makeovers are makeovers: the fundamental layout of the slide almost always stays the same, and the text ...
Tags: Design, Speaking, Hannah Lim

COVID Is The Great Reset — And The Future Is Grim

What they are being told is this: In order for this economy to thrive, we don’t actually need you. We don’t need your labor, because robots and a few college kids will do ever more of the work. To which the unneeded must reply, “Yeah, but what am I supposed to do?” The answer to that question is becoming increasingly obvious: die. Die of Covid, die of poverty, or die of despair, but as much as possible, do it where you won’t be seen. – Lapham’s Quarterly
Tags: Art, Ideas, Lapham, Winter 2021

Irreplaceable Mills College Historic Music School To Close?

It has been an astonishing run. The school’s faculty over the years has been practically an index of maverick artists, including Darius Milhaud, at Mills for three decades beginning during World War II; Luciano Berio, who came at Milhaud’s invitation; Lou Harrison, who built an American version of the Indonesian gamelan percussion orchestra; the “deep listening” pioneer Pauline Oliveros; Robert Ashley, an innovator in opera; Terry Riley, a progenitor of Minimalism; the influential composer and ...
Tags: Art, Music, Mills, Luciano Berio, Anthony Braxton, Terry Riley, Robert Ashley, Pauline Oliveros, Lou Harrison, Milhaud, Darius Milhaud, Oliveros, 03.31.21, James Fei, Maggi Payne, Center for Contemporary Music Mills

The Perfect Summer To Visit UK Museums?

“The visitor experience this year will be phenomenal. It will be culture without crowds. You will be up close and personal with animals or art in a way you would never have experienced before and possibly won’t in the future. If you were ever going to have a holiday in Britain, this is the time to do it.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, UK, Britain, Visual, 03.31.21

George Lucas’s new LA museum couldn’t let this ‘monumental’ San Fernando Valley mural pass it by

The nascent Lucas Museum of Narrative Art has its eyes on a San Fernando Valley — and L.A. — classic. The museum, under construction in Exposition Park, has acquired the archive of artist Judith F. Baca’s half-mile-long mural “The History of California.” That archive has scores of documents, from sketches to blueprints, that trace the history of the mural’s creation, which took Baca from 1976 to 1984 to complete. The mural –created in the Tujunga Wash and stretching 1,050 feet along Coldwater Ca...
Tags: Art, Hollywood, News, California, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Culture, Soccer, United States, Jackson, Local News, Civil rights movement, George Lucas, San Fernando Valley, Charles White

How (And When) Audiobooks Were Born

Fans have been predicting the audiobook’s ascendance ever since it became possible to record books. But when exactly was that? The audiobook’s origins can be traced back further than most people realize. – Cabinet Magazine
Tags: Art, Words, 03.16.21

Wrecking The V&A Museum?

“The conceptual restructure, if it goes ahead as planned, will make the museum itself look curiously out of time, out of touch with the world and with its own history. If the planned changes to the V&A are a harbinger of what ‘Global Britain’ will look like, then a parochial, nostalgic future – marked by redundancies of vision as well as personnel – lies ahead.” – London Review of Books
Tags: Art, Britain, Visual, 03.16.21

Reimagining Rasta, the father of Art Comedy

In theorising his oeuvre, it seems that the ‘people’s painter’ is most likely working in a new mode The post Reimagining Rasta, the father of Art Comedy appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Art, Painting, Humour, Friday, Happy Birthday, Rasta, Art Criticism, Dadaism, Art Comedy, by Beethoven? Bach? Mozart? Jerzy Koniński, Lebani Sirenje, Nicole Pesce, Samuel Ravengai

Notes on Outsiders: Carl Weissner’s German Essays and Reportage

To get the drift of Aufzeichnungen über Aussenseiter, I’ve been typing pieces of text into Google Translate. It’s a helluva time-consuming job, but it’s more than worth the effort. It’s just obvious how classy and swinging the whole thing is! Herewith, an excerpt: “Buk Sings His Ass Off.” – Jan Herman
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Carl Weissner, 03.30.21

The Mysterious Glyphs Of Easter Island

The set of symbols known in the Rapa Nui language as rongorongo is the only indigenous system of writing known to have developed among Pacific Islanders. Only an elite minority of Rapa Nui people could ever read it, and they died out before mainland scholars could record their knowledge. What’s more, only 26 examples of rongorongo have survived. Is there any hope of ever deciphering this script? It would seem not, but the same was once said of Egyptian hieroglyphics … – Atlas Obscura
Tags: Art, Words, Easter Island, Rapa Nui, 03.24.21

Researchers May Just Have Reconstructed The Long-Unknown Face Of The Pharaoh Akhenaten

Intact depictions of the world’s first known monotheist, husband to Nefertiti and father of Tutankhamun, are rare (subsequent rulers of Egypt tried to erase him from history), and those few that have survived unvandalized look so odd that many scholars think they were intended to be symbolic and stylized rather than naturalistic. Yet there is a surviving mummy which genetic tests indicate was likely Tutankhamun’s father (i.e., Akhenaten), and scientists have now used 3D imaging to reconstruct t...
Tags: Art, People, Egypt, Tutankhamun, Nefertiti, Akhenaten, 03.29.21

How (And Why) We Forget Most Things In Life

An efficient memory system involves “a finely orchestrated balancing act between data storage and data disposal.” To retain an encounter, deliberate attention alone will get you most of the way there. – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Ideas, 03.30.21

Hyundai Santa Cruz Readies to Kick Some Sand

Gearing up for its debut on April 15th, Hyundai has released renderings of the Santa Cruz, its ground-breaking pickup named for a sleepy Northern California beach city. According to Google Translate, phonetically in Korean, pickup truck is ‘pig-eob teuleog’. In the Korean domestic market, Hyundai has produced the Pony pickup of the ’80s, and more […] The post Hyundai Santa Cruz Readies to Kick Some Sand appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Korea, Autos, Crossovers, Trucks, Sales And Marketing, Hyundai, Google Translate, New Cars, SUVs, Santa Cruz, Northern California, Crossover, Pickup, Unibody, New Vehicle

How COVID Has Decimated Seattle Arts

As of January, 56% of the organizations surveyed still had staff furloughed or laid off due to the pandemic. That’s a decrease from the 74% of organizations that reported staff furloughs or layoffs in April 2020, when pandemic closures first started. Still, the amount these groups say they’re budgeting for personnel expenses in 2020-21 is 25% lower than in 2019-20 and 30% lower than in 2018-19, the pre-pandemic year. – Seattle Times
Tags: Art, Issues, Seattle Arts, 03.30.21

What Algorithms Choose For You (Your Responsibility Too)

This sifting and ranking process results in a News Feed that is unique to you, like a fingerprint. But of course, you don’t see the algorithm at work, and you have limited insight into why and how the content that appears was selected and what, if anything, you could do to alter it. And it is in this gap in understanding that assumptions, half-truths, and misrepresentations about how Facebook works can take root. – Medium
Tags: Art, Facebook, Ideas, 03.31.21

The Pandemic Is Showing Us Plays Can Work Without Intermissions

Lyn Gardner: “Often an interval is only there to give audiences the opportunity to go to the lavatory and spend more money. It destroys the world of the play. Dispensing with the interval would remove another of those theatre conventions that are so much part of the experience that we’ve stopped questioning why they are there. The interval didn’t exist until theatre moved into playhouses and new candles were required to be lit to stop darkness descending.” – The Stage
Tags: Art, Theatre, Audience, Lyn Gardner, 03.29.21

13 films everyone should watch and why—as voted by you

We asked Big Think's readers and staff for their recommendations on films everyone should watch.A collection of fiction and non-fiction works from around the world, these movies will entertain and expand your horizons.The films cover various topics, explore numerous themes, and shed light on several controversial historical events. Ever find yourself unsure of what movie to watch? Have you spent so much time looking at the options on a streaming service that you could have finished a film in the...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Science Fiction, Film, Mexico, Defense, US, War, Earth, Rome, United States, Roger Ebert, Animation, Chile, Italy, Innovation

The Science Of Loneliness

One review of the science of loneliness found that people with stronger social relationships have a 50 per cent increased likelihood of survival over a set period of time compared with those with weaker social connections. Other studies have linked loneliness to cardiovascular disease, inflammation, and depression. – Wired
Tags: Art, Ideas, 03.30.21

Western Ballet Is (Just) Starting To Catch On In India

“Western classical ballet is still a very unfamiliar art form in India. But in the last few years, promising talent has begun emerging, often in dancers from disadvantaged or working-class families with no prior association with Western classical music or dance.” And one particular instructor in Mumbai has made a huge difference. – Pointe Magazine
Tags: Art, India, Dance, Mumbai, 03.29.21

'I don't want to fake the funk' – Henry Taylor, the painter of black American life

Adored by Rihanna and Jay-Z, he finds his subjects in supermarket queues – and on the streets of LA’s toughest neighbourhoods. How has the artist found lockdown in a tiny Somerset village?“Other people look; Taylor sees.” That was Zadie Smith’s assessment of the American artist Henry Taylor. Thirty seconds into my Zoom call with him, I begin to understand what she meant, as he joyfully dissects the decor in my room. “Oh, you got a guitar back there?” he says. “What are you going to do, play me a...
Tags: Art, Rihanna, Jay Z, La, Los Angeles, Painting, Culture, Art and design, Exhibitions, Miles Davis, Taylor, Somerset, Zadie Smith, Henry Taylor

Behold the Elaborate Writing Desks of 18th Century Aristocrats

Sitting or standing before an esteemed writer’s desk can make us feel closer to their process. Virginia Woolf’s desks — plywood boards she held on her lap and sloped standing desks — show a kind of austere rigor in her posture. “Throughout her life as a writer,” James Barrett points out, Woolf “paid attention to the physical act of writing,” just as she paid attention to the creative act of walking. The bareness of her implements tells us a lot about her as an artist, but it tells us not...
Tags: Google, Design, College, Germany, Berlin, History, David, Virginia Woolf, Central Europe, Ernest Hemingway, Marie Antoinette, Facebook Twitter, Prussia, Josh Jones, Goethe, Woolf

New Initiative Will Give Cash Aid To Independent Bookstores Hurt By Pandemic

“The Survive to Thrive grant program, created by Ingram Content Group chairman John Ingram, hopes to raise a total of $2 million by the end of May to support indie bookstores. The program will be administered by the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation. Initial donations include a $500,000 contribution from Ingram Charities and Ingram Content Group and significant gifts from and four of the Big Five publishers.” – Publishers Weekly
Tags: Art, Words, Ingram Content Group, John Ingram, 03.30.21, Book Industry Charitable Binc Foundation Initial, Ingram Charities

A Hollywood Boycott Of Georgia? Studios Aren’t Saying A Word

Several prominent individuals in the industry have spoken out against the restrictive election laws just passed by the Georgia legislature and signed by Gov. Kemp. Yet studios and other companies — who have been willing to threaten boycotts in the past over such issues as Georgia’s abortion laws — are keeping silent so far this time. What are their reasons? – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, Georgia, 03.30.21, Hollywood Boycott Of Georgia

At The Opera In Barcelona — Indoors, With 1,000 Other People

There were staggered arrival times, temperature takers at the entrance, plenty of hand sanitizer, mandatory masks (a few of them fabu-fied with sequins). Every second seat was kept empty. In the pit, Gustavo Dudamel conducting a 50-piece orchestra; onstage, 75 singers, headed by tenor Gregory Kunde and soprano Krassimira Stoyanova, in Verdi’s Otello. “Spain is an outlier here in Europe. Concert halls in Vienna are shuttered, as are theaters in London. Will the openness in Barcelona backfire? Th...
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, London, Spain, Barcelona, Vienna, Verdi, Gustavo Dudamel, Krassimira Stoyanova, 03.30.21, Gregory Kunde

High-flying Brooklyn boys on a magical trampoline: Jamel Shabazz's best photograph

‘I came upon them in an abandoned parking lot. Watching them was like reliving my own childhood’This was taken in 1981, in Brownsville, my neighbourhood in Brooklyn. I was 21 and my father, who photographed weddings and took portraits in our community, had been teaching me the science of speed and light, and how to capture decisive moments. When I came upon this scene in an abandoned parking lot, I felt something was coming on. They reminded me of myself as a child. Observing them was like reliv...
Tags: Art, Photography, US, Culture, Brooklyn, Art and design, Brownsville, Jamel Shabazz

San Francisco Opera Pilots Virtual Tool For Real-Time Collaboration

Aloha’s ultra-low latency service connects artists remotely, effectively eliminating the lag time that interrupts the creative flow. This allows artists to collaborate and play together live, as if they’re in the same room. For the San Francisco Opera’s classically trained artists whose in-person music collaboration has been put on pause during the pandemic, this means that important musical cues such as hearing breaths, shifts in tempo and expressive variation are now in sync during remote reh...
Tags: Art, Music, San Francisco Opera, 03.30.21

Spanish Police Seize Forged El Greco, Goya, And Modigliani Paintings

“The counterfeit canvases came from a non-specialist collector based in the province of Toledo who had intended to sell the works as originals. … The asking price? A combined €12.5 million ($14.6 million). … Potential buyers had been lined up.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Toledo, Visual, 03.30.21, Greco Goya

Lexus LF-Z is Watts New

Today, Lexus dropped the LF-Z concept car, stepping on the electric-vehicle (EV) accelerator. By 2025, the company expects to have 20 new PHEV, HEV, and BEV models from which to choose. 670,616,629 miles per hour, the speed of light, is how fast energy travels as electromagnetic waves. This is nearly as fast as car companies […] The post Lexus LF-Z is Watts New appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, Design, Technology, Media, Global, Green, Electric Vehicles, Lexus, Autos, Hybrid, Concept Car, Bev, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Battery Electric Vehicle, Show Cars

Is The NFT Market A Classic Bubble?

As prices for the digital artworks soar, with payments made in Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies, some observers are throwing around words like “tulipmania.” Says the CEO of a company that verifies NFTs, “We’re in a frenzy of speculation. … We’re living in a moment of collective hysteria.” Especially now that the finance guys are moving in on the art collectors. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, 03.30.21

A Lavish ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel Is Coming To Broadway And The West End

George R.R. Martin, who wrote the Song of Ice and Fire novels on which the megahit HBO series was based, is working with playwright Duncan MacMillan and director Dominic Cooke on a big, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child-type play that producers plan to open in New York, London, and Sydney and/or Melbourne. The draw is that the play will depict a major event in Westeros history that took place 16 years before the novels and Game of Thrones start. – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Hbo, Hollywood, Theatre, Sydney, Broadway, Harry Potter, Melbourne, New York London, George R R Martin, Westeros, Duncan Macmillan, Dominic Cooke, 03.30.21

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