Stuck In The Post-Truth World — How Do We Get Out?

We now consider disinformation a defining part of the contemporary experience. In 2016, Oxford Languages chose post-truth as its word of the year. The essential characteristic of our age, the accompanying press release stated, was the loss of a distinction between truth and feeling; we were entering an era in which “objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” – The Walrus
Tags: Art, Ideas, Post Truth World, 04.07.21

How Blockchain Is Transforming Partnerships

Blockchains may radically transform many facets of business life, but they’re a tool particularly well suited for collaborations. Put simply, blockchains are digital ledgers where several people have joint control over the shared information — a feature that makes them ideal for situations where trust and information sharing are important. The technical design of blockchains makes it virtually impossible anyone to change the contents of the ledger without approval from the other parties. Moreov...
Tags: Art, Ideas, 04.08.21

Guilty Pleasure? What’s So Guilty About It? “Low” Culture Has Triumphed

“Everything that was once considered lowbrow is now triumphant. It is still common for people to talk of “guilty” cultural pleasures—TV, dance music—about which no one has felt guilty in decades, and to apologize for them with an enthusiasm that looks a lot like pride. But the pretense of guilt is merely there to increase our pleasure; it adds the excitement of transgression to an otherwise banal activity.” – Hedgehog Review
Tags: Art, Ideas, Spring 2021

Dana Gioia On Being An “Information Billionaire”

“I think poetry has a social function but it’s a relatively complicated and subtle one, which is to say, the reason that we have art is, in a sense, to increase human happiness. It does that, essentially, on an individual level. A work of art awakens you. It awakens you to the possibilities of your own potential. It takes that potential, it enlarges it, it refines it, and each art does it in different ways.” – Conversations with Tyler
Tags: Art, Words, Dana Gioia, 04.07.21

The Art Of Doing Nothing Architecturally. It’s A Revolution

In a world in which flamboyance and style have long determined how an architect becomes a star, this approach – doing nothing – is an act of resistance. The fact that, 30 years into their career, Lacaton and Vassal have now been awarded the built environment’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize is a revolution. As the jury put it, Lacaton and Vassal have not only renewed the legacy of modernism: they are redefining architecture itself. – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Visual, Vassal, 04.07.21, Lacaton

Twyla Tharp Talks Dance With Terry Gross

“This last year, with the pandemic and its disruptions in terms of routine, discipline, just ordinary day-to-day activities, the body doesn’t know itself at the moment. So I can’t tell you what I can ask it to do until I refamiliarize myself. And I’m in the process of doing that. … Whenever I’ve finished one of these big projects, I’m out of shape, and that’s just a given. So I’ve been in this position before, not at this age, but I know that it is a commitment to get back into shape. It’s not ...
Tags: Art, Dance, Terry Gross, Twyla Tharp, 04.08.21

Even Japanese Poetry Is Getting Messed Up By Climate Change

The natural world has always been a key subject of Japanese verse, and there’s even an established body of words — kigo — that categorize various phenomena by season and thereby evoke particular emotions. For instance, referring to a typhoon in a poem is supposed to anchor it in the autumn. But Japan, like many other places, is now experiencing “season creep”: the cherry blossoms in Kyoto this year peaked earlier than ever in well over a millennium of recordkeeping, and typhoons may now hit any...
Tags: Art, Japan, Words, Kyoto, 04.08.21

How To Draw More People Into Cities Again? Build More Culture Spaces

“Culture has been a potent driver of Chicago for decades, of course, but this still is a unique moment, especially with the new availability of federal money. Hence it’s high time to develop some new cultural spaces and both the private and the public sectors will need to get involved. This change of emphasis, which seems to me inevitable, could be a win-win situation, creating jobs and restoring the vibrancy of the city.” – Yahoo! (Chicago Tribune)
Tags: Art, Chicago, Issues, 04.08.21

Yes, There Really Was An Eleanor Rigby

Paul McCartney invented the details of her life as recounted in the famous Beatles song, but he found her name on a gravestone in a village church cemetery on the outskirts of Liverpool that he and John Lennon used to take shortcuts through. Yes, the grave is still there, and we do know a bit of her actual biography. – Atlas Obscura
Tags: Art, John Lennon, People, Liverpool, Paul Mccartney, Eleanor Rigby, 04.06.21

Workers Start Cutting 1000 150-Year-old Oaks To Rebuild Notre Dame’s Timbers

Experts have felled 59 of the trees at the Villefermoy forest in the Seine-et-Marne region, and a further 26 oaks will be donated by four state-owned forests managed by the National Forestry Office. The massive restoration effort will need 1,000 French oak trees in total. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Seine, Visual, Marne, 04.08.21, National Forestry Office

Preserving Websites With User-Generated Content When Corporate Owners Want To Pull The Plug

“After seeing yet another situation where a longstanding Yahoo-owned website [Yahoo Answers] is shutting down, I’m left to wonder if the problem is that the motivations for maintaining sites built around user-generated content simply do not favor preservation, and never will without outside influence. How can we change that motivation? Today’s Tedium, in a follow-up to the post we wrote as Yahoo Groups was getting shut down, ponders the issue from the corporate perspective.” – Tedium
Tags: Art, Media, Yahoo, 04.07.21

This Gainsborough Portrait Of An Obscure Composer Sold For £2,500 (Could Be Worth £1 Million)

“Gainsborough had a great deal of interest in musicians and likened a picture to a piece of music, once writing: ‘One part of a Picture ought to be like the first part of a Tune; that you can guess what follows, and that makes the second part of the Tune, and so I’ve done.’” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Visual, Gainsborough, 04.07.21

Dive Bars That Are Backbone Of Spain’s Flamenco Scene Are Getting Wiped Out By COVID

“These small clubs, called tablaos, have acted as a springboard for generations of flamenco artists in Spain to launch professional careers. … But that intimate setup, designed to pack the audience close to the stage, has left most tablaos unable to reopen even after Spain lifted its most severe pandemic lockdown restrictions last summer. The situation has created an existential struggle for these cherished institutions at the heart of a national art form.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Spain, Dance, 04.09.21

Netflix Makes Deal With Sony To Stream Its Movies (And Preclude Sony From Starting Its Own Streaming Service)

Sony and Netflix also inked a first-look deal for movies made exclusively for streaming, boosting the slate of Netflix originals. Sony said those films will represent increased output on top of its theatrical slate, which was about 25 films in 2019. The deal also gives Netflix first look at licensing movies from Sony’s library. – Indiewire
Tags: Art, Media, Netflix, Sony, 04.08.21

Eyecam is a blinking, flitting webcam that looks back at you

This webcam, housed in an animatronic sculpture of a grossly disembodied human eye, was created by Marc Teyssier, Marion Koelle, Paul Strohmeier, Bruno Fruchard and Jürgen Steimle. [Human Computer Interaction Lab via The Verge] They call it the Eyecam and I lovehate it. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Gadgets, Video, News, Webcams, Surveillance, Jürgen Steimle

An Entire 3,000-Year-Old City Has Been Uncovered In Egypt

Excavating in an area between large temples at Luxor, a team led by famed archaeologist Zahi Hawass found the ruins of an entire working city — administrative offices, residences, a bakery, and so on, all the rooms containing everyday objects — from the reign of Amenhotep III. The discovery is being likened to those of Tutankhamun’s tomb and Pompeii. – BBC
Tags: Art, Egypt, Pompeii, Luxor, Tutankhamun, Visual, Zahi Hawass, 04.09.21

Impromptu Arts Relief Funds That Sprang Up In Pandemic’s Early Days May Be Around Permanently

As lockdowns arrived and spread, many mutual aid networks, mostly small-scale, were put together on the fly to help the many thousands of suddenly unemployed arts workers. Those funds had been planned, and expected, to be temporary measures lasting only a couple of months. But, as the pandemic ran on and shutdowns continued, furloughs became layoffs; even now, as more Americans are getting vaccinated, much of the arts world won’t restart operations fully for more months or even the end of the y...
Tags: Art, Issues, 04.08.21

Granta’s New List Of The Best Young Writers Working In Spanish

“Eleven years after publishing its first collection of the finest up-and-coming authors in Spanish, Granta magazine is releasing a second volume that brings together 25 writers aged under 35 and now at work on four continents. The list includes 11 female writers and 14 male writers from Spain, Nicaragua, Cuba, Colombia, Uruguay, Peru, Mexico, Argentina, Equatorial Guinea, Chile, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica and Ecuador.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Words, Ecuador, Granta, 04.07.21

Back In The Theatre: “Necessity Is The Mother Of Devotion”

I can report that once the rest of us were inside — 25 or so socially distanced in a black box theater that normally seats up to 99 — the evening unfolded exuberantly. It was the first of three live theatrical events I attended over the weekend, the first time in a year my schedule resembled something like the days before covid-19. I wore my mask throughout the shows, a feat that a year ago I had convinced myself would be too uncomfortable to tolerate. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Theatre, 04.07.21

This $1,780 Painting May Actually Be A Caravaggio

The 44″-by-34″ depiction of Christ with the crown of thorns was thought to be by José de Ribera, a minor 17th-century Spanish artist, and had been slated for auction in Madrid with an expected value of about €1,500. Then curators at the Prado declared that there’s “sufficient stylistic and documentary evidence” to believe it might be Caravaggio’s work, and the Spanish government promptly put an export ban on it. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, Madrid, Christ, Prado, Caravaggio, José de Ribera

One Of Philadelphia’s Leading Pianists Held For Trial On Sexual Assault Charge

“[A] now-21-year-old Temple [University] student said that Mikhail Yanovitsky, 56, hugged, kissed, and fondled her while she practiced piano in a classroom at Temple’s Rock Hall in February 2020, then forced her to touch him sexually over his clothing while he spoke of ‘eroticism.'” – The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, Music, Philadelphia, Temple, Rock Hall, Mikhail Yanovitsky, 04.08.21, Temple -LSB- University

First Day For Performance Venues To Apply For Federal Pandemic Relief Was A Disaster

“As the government prepared on Thursday to start taking applications for a $16 billion relief fund for music clubs, theaters and other live event businesses, thousands of desperate applicants waited eagerly to submit their paperwork right at noon, when the system was scheduled to open. And then they waited. And waited. … Shortly after 4 p.m., the Small Business Administration — which runs the initiative, the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program — abandoned its effort to salvage the broken sy...
Tags: Art, Issues, Small Business Administration, 04.08.21

There’s Still A Tyranny Of Thinness In Ballet. It Just Gets Worded Differently.

“Today’s ballet teachers and company directors know that they can no longer simply instruct their dancers to lose weight. But that doesn’t mean they’ve relinquished their rigid, narrow vision of what a ‘good’ ballet body looks like: They simply swathe that ideal in the gauzy, feel-good messaging of today’s fitness culture.” Or they use the aesthetic ideal of “length” as camouflage or euphemism. – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Dance, 04.07.21

Watch a Master Japanese Printmaker at Work: Two Unintentionally Relaxing ASMR Videos

Today we can appreciate Japanese woodblock prints from sizable online archives whenever we like, and even download them for ourselves. Before the internet, how many chances would we have had even to encounter such works of art in the course of life? Very few of us, certainly, would ever have beheld a Japanese printmaker at work, but here in the age of streaming video, we all can. In the Smithsonian video above, printmaker Keiji Shinohara demonstrates a suite of traditional techniques (an...
Tags: Google, Art, College, United States, Tokyo, Asmr, Seoul, Pacific Ocean, Kyoto, Osaka, Facebook Twitter, Bob Ross, Colin Marshall, Facebook Watch, Shinohara, 21st Century Los Angeles

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