How Big Tech Has “Weaponized” Design Patents

Introduced in 1842, the US design patent law saw just 14 designs registered in its first year, including a typeface, a bathtub and a “corpse preserver”. By 1930, the patent office was issuing 3,000 design patents a year, and 6,500 by 1941, a figure that wasn’t exceeded until 1989. That number has now mushroomed to around 35,000 – good news for lawyers, but maybe less so for innovators. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, US, Ideas, 04.13.21

How Did A Cranky Old Scholar Come To Own An Indigenous Language?

Frank Siebert’s writing system was an obstacle for people who were eager to learn the language. “It was a giant pain for everyone,” he said. “Why did this white guy come in and introduce such a nonintuitive alphabet? It was really off-putting. Like, ‘This is the language my grandmother spoke, and now there’s all this technical stuff I have to learn?’ ” – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Words, 04.29.21, Frank Siebert

What TikTok Has Taught Us About Learning

A recent Harvard study showed that students actually learn more when education is built on “active learning,” which promotes working collaboratively on projects. And now, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the disruption of education as kids and young adults have been forced to learn from home. In the collective reckoning on what learning should look like going forward, I’ve found that the social media platform TikTok offers some surprising insights. – Fast Company
Tags: Art, Harvard, Issues, 04.12.21

Awards Shows Used To Be Ratings Gold. Now They Struggle

The Emmy Awards — already in a ratings tailspin in recent years as it no longer celebrates mass-appeal hits — showed how far audience levels can drop, sinking 9% to 6.1 million viewers Sept. 20. Other shows, such as the American Music Awards, the Country Music Assn. Awards and the Billboard Music Awards, hit all-time lows as well. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, 04.13.21

What The Closing Of The Arclight Theatres Means For Movie Theatres

The truth is, the cinema experience as we know it, is likely doomed. While it isn’t going to disappear entirely, it will become a “nice to have” option for the populace, versus the “must have” it was through much of the 20th century. Look forward to much more expensive tickets and far fewer movie houses, more like what happened with live theater and Broadway. – Forbes
Tags: Art, Media, Audience, Movie Theatres, 04.13.21

Paris Photos

I’m running out of ideas for titles for my blog so I think I will just always say Paris Photos. Art near the Louvre Museum. I bet this bread is good. I’m not sure what these were but I bet they are good. Good looking cakes for Easter. A menu outside of a Russian restaurant across the street from a Russual Orthodox church. New lighting in the Cité metro stop. I am continuing on with conversations with French speakers via a program called Tandem. I have...
Tags: Travel, Art, France, America, Bread, Paris, Louvre Museum, Metro Stop, Russian Restaurant, Easter cakes, Phtots

A Year Into The Pandemic, Dancers Talk About How They’ve Adjusted Their Movement And Approach For Online Performance

“How are dancers developing performance energy? How can artistry best be communicated through the camera? What is the best angle to present technique? Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Derek Brockington explains that dancing for film is ‘about acknowledging that it’s not going to be the same experience — it’s a different way of dancing.’ Below, Brockington and several other dancers share their takeaways after a year of dancing on camera.” – Pointe Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, Harlem, Brockington, Derek Brockington, 04.12.21

How Social Media Has Collapsed Our Expression Of Thoughtful Ideas

“Without the distance between self and thought, self and utterance, we are unable to entertain, probe, or debate ideas. We are unable to change our minds or to persuade others. We are not even in a position to form our views in thoughtful, disinterested ways. But there may yet be a way out. Precisely by codifying and accelerating the collapse of the distinction between ideas and identity, Twitter might ironically be alerting us to the absurdity and shallowness of intellectual life practiced on ...
Tags: Art, Ideas, 03.30.21

Raising the flag

As it happens, I don’t care at all for Childe Hassam’s better-known etchings — I find them fussy — but lithography brought out a freer, more adventurous streak in his work, and there is one print of his that I have long sought, Avenue of the Allies. Also made in 1918, it is a lithographic monochrome pendant to the well-known series of thirty-odd brightly colored “flag paintings” that Hassam made during and after World War I. – Terry Teachout
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Childe Hassam, Hassam, 04.12.21


As I hear my student playing the piano through Zoom, just for a moment, I think I am hearing Paderewski in 1912. The sound is imperfect. At moments it drops out. There are distortions of speed and rhythm. Yet, my ear, my mind is hearing music: completing and linking together the aural information that is there. – Bruce Brubaker
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Paderewski, 04.12.21

‘I’m Just Free, Now That I Don’t Have To Worry About Fees’: Frank Gehry At 92

“Buzzing through his sprawling work space, the architect said he has now reached a point in his career where he has the luxury of focusing on what matters to him most: projects that promote social justice.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Frank Gehry, 04.13.21

How NFTs Fit Into The Performance Art Tradition

“As a scholar of communication and performance studies, what interests me is how NFTs are redrawing parts of the art world in radical ways by raising questions about how artists, audiences and critics understand performance, criticism or protest in a capitalist society.” – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Ideas, 04.12.21

A Lawsuit About AI And Intellectual Property Law Now Involves R2D2 And WALL-E

An American company is suing a Chinese company in U.S. federal court for copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property violations. The goods in question? Interactive toy robots. And both the defendant’s motion to dismiss the case and the plaintiff’s response have invoked the famous movie robots. – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Issues, 04.12.21

New Director Of Pompeii Talks Culture Of Archaeology

“I would like to reiterate the concept I have of archaeology not only as a study of beautiful objects or monuments but also of very ephemeral traces. The real discovery, in fact, was not the object itself but the landscape that has been transformed over the centuries. Today that landscape is still agricultural but in it we have found layers of history, of prehistory, showing the exploitation of agricultural resources by the Greek colonists and the subsequent modifications in medieval times.” – ...
Tags: Art, Pompeii, Visual

Two Beloved California Movie Theatre Chains To Close

ArcLight’s stable includes the prized Cinerama Dome Hollywood. The Dome, built in 1963 by Pacific Theatres’ parent company the Decurion Corp., is the crown jewel of the small theater complex that was later reconstructed in the early 2000s. Throughout the decades, the Dome, in particular, has been a favorite site place to stage premieres — it timed its opening to the global launch of It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World — and is beloved among many cinephiles. – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Media, California, Dome, Pacific Theatres, Decurion Corp, Cinerama Dome Hollywood The Dome

Singing By Hand: How To Translate Songs Into American Sign Language

“A good A.S.L. performance prioritizes dynamics, phrasing and flow. The parameters of sign language — hand shape, movement, location, palm orientation and facial expression — can be combined with elements of visual vernacular, a body of codified gestures, allowing a skilled A.S.L. speaker to engage in the kind of sound painting that composers use to enrich a text.” Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim watches how a couple of pros signed their own cover of the old Gladys Knight and the Pips song “Midnigh...
Tags: Art, Music, Georgia, Gladys Knight, Corinna da Fonseca Wollheim, 04.09.21

Last last last last last call

I’d planned to do a roundup of books with identical titles, just to show you that copyright law doesn’t protect a title. (Some titles are protected by trademark, though. Consider the For Dummies and Chicken Soup for the Soul series.) I had Word by Word by Kory Stamper (2018) and Word by Word by Anne Lamott (2004); Great Expectations (1980) by Landon Y. Jones—popularizer of “Baby Boom”—and Great Expectations by that British guy (1861). The contemporary American author Elif Batuman has built her ...
Tags: Books, New York, Design, Linguistics, Penguin Random House, Titles, Parker, Westlake, Cooke, Dostoevsky, Eisner, Anne Lamott, Nancy Friedman, Elif Batuman, Ed Brubaker, Kory Stamper

The Surrealists Would Have Loved TikTok

In fact, reporter Angela Watercutter compares the 15-second-video service old Surrealist game Exquisite Corpse: “The platform, thanks to its duetting and stitching functions, automates a lot of what the Surrealists were doing. It’ not exactly an exquisite corpse, since TikTok records the entire genealogy of any given work, and there is a want for continuity with what others have contributed before. But there is a similar spirit of spontaneous collaboration, and a kindred quest for the absurd.” ...
Tags: Art, Media, Angela Watercutter, 04.12.21

Nature Documentaries Are A Lot More Like Porn Than You’d Like To Think

It’s not just that they’re wildly popular and can be addictive. It’s because nature documentaries have at least as much artifice as any studio-produced adult video and maybe more. (“Are these seabirds supposed to be majestic or comical as they enact their mating dance? The music tells us. Whom are we to root for in this interaction of predator and prey? Listen for the menacing strings.”) Emma Maris argues that “the solution to the way [nature docs] might warp our expectations is the same as it ...
Tags: Art, Media, 04.12.21, Emma Maris

The Saga Of The Jefferson Davis Chair Comes To An End (And No, It Wasn’t Really Used As A Toilet)

A shadowy art/activist collective calling itself White Lies Matter made a bit of a stir earlier this month when it stole a chair dedicated to the first and only president of the Confederate States from a cemetery in Selma, Alabama and threatened to turn it into a commode if their demands weren’t met. Here’s an explainer covering what exactly the group demanded, why it chose the particular target it did, and what ultimately became of the 3,000-pound piece of outdoor furniture. – Slate
Tags: Art, Visual, Selma Alabama, Confederate States, 04.12.21

How Exciting is the New Microsoft Teams Powerpoint Integration?

The good news for presenters is this: live presentations aren’t going anywhere. Especially now that virtual platforms have provided powerful and convenient options for presenters and attendees alike. There is just something about the energy a presenter can bring to a pitch deck that can’t be sent ahead or left behind. Thankfully, the glitches hindering a presenter’s best virtual performance are disappearing one by one. For example, sharing slides can be quite the headache. We’ve all been on a ca...
Tags: Design, Microsoft, Intégration, Presentation, Microsoft Powerpoint, Speaking, Presentation Science, Presentation Design, Microsoft Teams, Office Insider, Virtual Presentation, Presentation Trends, Microsoft integration, Microsoft Teams help, Microsoft Teams slide share, PowerPoint Live

‘Female artists were invisible’: critics didn’t dismiss Nancy Holt’s land art – they didn’t mention it at all

Holt made mesmerising works that filtered stars and vanished in the desert heat. But land art was seen as a male preserve. A new exhibition redresses the balance The story of land art is generally believed to be a tale of white men in weathered denim descending on what they thought of as the empty canvas of the American west in the 1960s with bulldozers and big ideas to make their work. But what of the women who were also making their mark? “Today, land art appears as an almost perfect distillat...
Tags: Art, Utah, US news, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, County Waterford, Holt, Nancy Holt, Megan O'Grady, Lismore Castle

When 1970s Boston Was A Hotbed Of Contemporary Music

In its own buttoned-up New England way, it was a modernist hotbed. Each of those institutions was like a little fief, with eminent composers on the faculty. Each maintained active student ensembles, including many devoted exclusively to new music. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Boston, New England

Henry Glassie: Field Work review – hypnotic glimpses of folk art in the making

This documentary about the celebrated folklorist also takes a leisurely look at the working methods of the artists he reveresThere’s an unmistakable slow-cinema vibe to this scrupulously observational documentary, which seems somehow to go on for weeks despite its 100-minute running time. The ostensible subject matter is American anthropologist Henry Glassie, who is college professor emeritus in folklore and ethnomusicology at Indiana University; but it isn’t really “about” him in any convention...
Tags: Art, Music, Science, Biology, Film, Americas, UK News, World news, Turkey, US news, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Anthropology, Northern Ireland, Brazil

Arcimoto FUVs a NASDAQ Addition

Arcimoto, makers of fun, utility vehicles for commuters and fleets, announced NASDAQ’s approval today. The company can now list its shares of common stock on The NASDAQ Global Market, a positive growth sign. A Eugene, Oregon manufacturer of affordable three-wheeled electric vehicles (EVs), Arcimoto looks to change the world. Their Fun Utility Vehicles (FUVs) can […] The post Arcimoto FUVs a NASDAQ Addition appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Technology, Global, Green, Motorcycles, Electric Vehicles, Emerging Markets, Autos, Nasdaq, EVs, New Cars, Motorcycle, American Made, News Blog, Low Cost Cars, Arcimoto

Fabio Luisi, Dallas Symphony Music Director, Takes A Third Orchestra

The Italian maestro, who is also chief conductor of the Danish National Symphony and is now winding up his term as music director of the Zurich Opera House, has been named chief conductor of the NHK Symphony, widely considered to be Japan’s leading orchestra, beginning with the 2022-23 season. – Dallas Morning News
Tags: Art, Music, Japan, Fabio Luisi, Zurich Opera House, Danish National Symphony, 04.12.21, NHK Symphony

New Turn In Saudi Arabia-vs.-Louvre ‘Salvator Mundi’ Drama (It’s Still About Spite, Though)

Last week several news outlets reported, based on a French TV documentary, that the world’s most expensive painting wasn’t in the Louvre’s big 2019 Leonardo show because Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (reputedly the work’s buyer) was angry that the Louvre’s curators refused to guarantee that it was Leonardo’s work. Now David D. Kirkpatrick and Elaine Sciolino report that French experts did, in fact, determine that Salvator Mundi is genuine — but that the Saudis were furious that the Louvre wo...
Tags: Art, Saudi Arabia, Louvre, Visual, Mohammed bin Salman, Leonardo, Elaine Sciolino, Salvator Mundi, DAVID D KIRKPATRICK, 04.11.21

Is The CEO Who Saved Waterstones Turning Around Barnes & Noble, Too? Well, He Says So

To be fair, James Daunt was not at all as self-aggrandizing as that headline suggests when he spoke to the Independent Book Publishers Association last week. But he did say that the long-troubled chain has been hanging on despite the pandemic, and that B&N has used the lull in business to start making in earnest the changes that Daunt had introduced at Waterstones in the UK with so much success. – Publishers Weekly
Tags: Art, UK, Words, Waterstones, Barnes, James Daunt, Independent Book Publishers Association, 04.09.21

Where Second City’s New Chief Means To Lead The Improv Institution

Says Jon Carr, who came to the company’s Chicago headquarters from Dad’s Garage in Atlanta four months ago, “It’s a little strange, because there’s nothing routine happening at any of [our theatres] right now, so it’s a lot of rebuilding of things from scratch.” – American Theatre
Tags: Art, Theatre, Atlanta, Chicago, Jon Carr, 04.09.21

Kusama at NY Botanical Garden

Courtesy Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore/Shanghai; Victoria Miro, London/Venice; David Zwirner, New York Works by celebrated Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama go on display at the New York Botanical Garden April 10, at the beginning of a large exhibition that runs through October 31. KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature marks the first comprehensive exhibition... [Author: Jane Berger]
Tags: Art, Accessories, Gardening, New York, Events, Landscapes, New York Botanical Garden, David Zwirner, ETC, Yayoi Kusama, Kusama, Jane Berger, Exhibitions / Shows, Garden Art, Japanese Art, NY Botanical Garden

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