Daily Mail Newspaper Sues Google For “Manipulating Search Results”

It alleges Google “punishes” publishers in its rankings if they don’t sell enough advertising space in its marketplace. Google called the claims “meritless”. Associated Newspapers’ concerns stem from its assessment that its coverage of the Royal Family in 2021 has been downplayed in search results. – BBC
Tags: Google, Art, Media, Associated Newspapers, 04.20.21, Daily Mail Newspaper Sues Google

How Public Ideas Evolved In The Cold War Era

What most comes across is the protean creativity of the period, the globe-spanning connections that promoted it, and Menand’s mastery of large slices of it. “People cared. Ideas mattered,” Louis Menand writes. “People believed in liberty, and thought it really meant something.” It would be silly to say that people no longer care about such things, but perhaps they no longer do with as much vigor and coherence. – American Scholar
Tags: Art, Ideas, Louis Menand, Menand, 04.20.21

Brexit Is Killing UK Musicians’ Gigs

The stress and cost of work visa requirements, new taxes, and prohibitively high touring costs have upended the careers of scores of British musicians, to the extent that many are considering moving to Europe. “There will be a new hub of freelancers in an EU country instead.” – Bloomberg
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, Eu, 04.19.21

Consider The Environmental Cost Of Making Music

Musicians addressing the environment head-on only represents one side of the music industry’s engagement with the climate crisis. The way we listen to music impacts the environment. Streaming music uses a significant amount of energy, even though the technology seems to make sound feel immaterial. Kyle Devine is author of Decomposed: The Political Ecology of Music, which traces “the history of what recordings are made of, and what happens to those recordings when they are disposed of.” – New Yo...
Tags: Art, Music, Kyle Devine, 04.20.21

How To Be A Silicon Valley Intellectual

On your path to becoming an intellectual in Silicon Valley, understanding these two lessons—the Peter Principles, we’ll call them, since that adds nothing to the conversation but sounds sophisticated—will be key to your success. First, the point of your interventions in the public sphere is not to “win” any “argument,” nor to attract new adherents or convince neutrals of the righteousness of your cause. It is to avoid competition. When competition seeks you out, as it invariably will, your task...
Tags: Art, Ideas, Silicon Valley, 03.21, Silicon Valley Intellectual, Peter Principles

At Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theater, New Leader Means To Really Live Up To Its Mission: ‘A Theater For All’

Says Ken-Matt Martin, who was named artistic director last month after having been Robert Falls’s number-two at the Goodman, “If I figured out how to get Black people to come to a theater in Des Moines,” — he founded the Pyramid Theatre Company, which present the work of Black artists in Iowa’s capital — “I can probably figure out how to get all peoples within this larger beautiful city to come out as well.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Chicago, Iowa, Robert, Des Moines, 04.18.21, Ken Matt Martin, Pyramid Theatre Company

Infrastructure For Creative Workers?

That view is to see the rise of Substack and podcasting and Bandcamp for musicians who want to escape the tyranny of the record labels and streaming platforms—supported and enabled by other services like Stripe and Patreon and Kickstarter—as a kind of Distributism for artists and knowledge workers. – Hedgehog Review
Tags: Art, Issues, Bandcamp, 04.20.21

Inside James Turrell’s Masterwork-In-Progress In Arizona’s Painted Desert

For 45 years, the light sculptor has been designing and building a complex inside Roden Crater, a volcanic cinder cone about 50 miles northeast of Flagstaff. In his 70s (he turns 78 this year), he had begun to think there was no hope of living to complete his ambitious plans. Then $10 million seed money arrived from (of all people) Kanye West. more donations followed, and Arizona State University agreed to join in as partner and operator — and now construction is in high gear. Here’s a rare loo...
Tags: Art, Kanye West, Arizona, Arizona State University, Visual, Flagstaff, James Turrell, Roden Crater, May 2021

2023 Cadillac Lyriq is Almost Here

Today the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq made its production debut. If this is the highlight of a century of innovation, what’s Cadillac been doing the rest of the time? Cadillac’s luxury electric SUV is starting a new era ahead of schedule. You can place your order in September for a 2022 first-half delivery. “The 2023 Cadillac […] The post 2023 Cadillac Lyriq is Almost Here appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Electric Vehicle, Design, Technology, Marketing, Global, Sales, Green, Production, Luxury, Electric Vehicles, Gm, Emerging Markets, Autos, Crossovers, Autonomous Vehicles, Export

Netflix Is Spending $17 Billion On New Content

That’s a notable uptick from the streamer’s 2020 spend of $11.8 billion, as the pandemic prompted production delays across the industry, and a 2019 content spend of $13.9 billion. – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, Netflix, 04.20.21

A Critic Considers Where Music And Writing About It Meet, And Where They Miss

Thomas Larson, former music critic for the Santa Fe New Mexican (1980-82), now a staff writer at the San Diego Reader: “Figuring out that the thing words do for music is not a musical problem. It’s an aesthetic one, which adds more ambiguity, not less. Good ears and smart criticism trail the music like a bloodhound, howling out the moving location of its prey, but more often, baying about its own doubt and inconsistency.” – 3 Quarks Daily
Tags: Art, Music, San Diego, Thomas Larson, 04.09.21, Santa Fe New Mexican 1980

To Understand The Human Brain, We’re Going To Have To Get Inside It. Cue The Ethical Debate

As the risks reduce and the research possibilities open up, then it is easy to imagine how we could slip, unnoticing, from thinking the recording of neurons in a healthy human brain is unimaginable to thinking it is something that needs doing to further our understanding of ourselves. Sooner than we thought, we will face a deep ethical challenge, one that will force us to decide: How badly do we want to understand the human brain? – Slate
Tags: Art, Ideas, 04.19.21

Ballet In America Is Having A COVID-Induced Baby Boom

“A career in ballet lasts only as long as a dancer’s body does. If they’re lucky, dancers can perform into their 30s — or in rare cases, into their 40s. When every season counts, taking time off to get pregnant, give birth, and recover is daunting. … [But since] they were already losing valuable career time to COVID-19. Why not have a baby now and avoid another major career disruption?” – Glamour
Tags: Art, America, Dance, 04.19.21

Kristy Edmunds On The Moral Imperative/Opportunity Of Continuing

“How do you support artist relief, raise money, how do you help people still feel like they haven’t disappeared? It has been a huge effort. When I posited the idea of how best to create continuity with what we have in a rapid economic decline, [the answer was not], “Why don’t we just stop because everything stopped?” No, we have a moral obligation, and that’s a gift.” – San Francisco Classical Voice
Tags: Art, Issues, Kristy Edmunds, 04.11.21

Harriet Tubman’s Lost Family Home Discovered In Maryland

The site, on land recently added to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge on the Eastern Shore, includes ten acres that Tubman’s father, Ben Ross, was given when he was freed. What’s been discovered are the remains of Ross’s cabin, where he brought his wife (whose freedom he purchased) and sheltered Harriet, when she was aged 17 to 22, and several of her siblings who were still enslaved. – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Maryland, People, Ross, Harriet, Ben Ross, Eastern Shore, Harriet Tubman, Tubman, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, 04.20.21

4 Things a Marketer Learned at the Apple Event

I'm someone with a fascination with Apple. Here are the four main takeaways from Apple's event on Tuesday: Speed as always Color is back M1s are here to stay Sustainability is important Podcasts I have never been a fan of the podcast app on any Apple, but this is a game changer, and I will...
Tags: Apple, Design, Advertising, Voice

A canvas of nonsense: how Dada reflects a world gone mad through art

Dada is a provocative and surreal art movement born out of the madness of World War I. Tzara, a key Dada theorist, says Dada seeks "to confuse and upset, to shake and jolt" people from their comfort zones.Dada, as all avant-garde art, faces a key problem in how to stay true to its philosophy. In a world gone mad, what can the few sane people left do? What can someone say when there are no words that seem up to the job? How can anyone hope to express ideas so terrible when doing so will only r...
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Innovation, Oxford, Philosophy, Silicon Valley, Grayson Perry, Nihilism, Dada, Duchamp, Hausmann, Kurt Schwitters, Hans Richter, Dadaism, Jonny Thomson, Kurt Schwitters Merz

‘Porsche Unseen’ Is A Rare Look Inside Porsche’s Design Studio

Porsche's design studio isn't based in some far-flung metropolitan like New York or Los Angeles or Tokyo. The company got its start in industrial design, after all, so why not keep everything in-house where it can be inspired by the depth of history and motor sport the brand is known for. That's why Porsche has kept its design studio in the quiet German town of Weissach. There's a reason Porsches look like Porsches, and could never be mistaken for another make. The whole company is so invested ...
Tags: Reviews, Books, New York, Design, Germany, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Porsche, Ducati, Autos, Tokyo, Toyota, Volkswagen, Aston Martin, Boxster Cayman, Porsche Unseen

The Tech That Lets Opera Singers Rehearse With Accompanists Remotely

Says San Francisco Opera general director Matthew Shilvock of the platform, called Aloha, “It allows a singer and a pianist to essentially be in the digital space together making real-time music — which is just transformational for us. A pianist can now hear a singer breathe, and that may sound very basic, but those breath cues are the things that allow the pianist to really mold their sounds to what the singer is doing.” – Fast Company
Tags: Art, Music, San Francisco Opera, Matthew Shilvock, 04.16.21

Why Is Howard University Closing Its Classics Department?

Amid a move for educational “prioritization,” Howard University is dissolving its classics department. Tenured faculty will be dispersed to other departments, where their courses can still be taught. But the university has sent a disturbing message by abolishing the department. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Words, Howard University, 04.19.21, Howard University Closing Its Classics Department

Chicago Says It Will Spend $60 Million On Arts Throughout City

The initiative, called Arts 77 (referring to Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods), takes in multiple programs spread over several departments of the municipal government. Along with plans to bring performance and visual work to parks, libraries, and other neighborhood locations, Arts 77 will see the annual budget for public art rise from $100,000 to $3 million — with an extra $3.5 million dedicated to artworks for the international terminal under construction at O’Hare Airport. – Yahoo! (Chicago Tribune...
Tags: Art, Chicago, Issues, 04.20.21

Stunning New Disney Posters by Ben Harman Include ‘Aladdin’, ‘101 Dalmatians’, ‘The Aristocats’ & More

Artist Ben Harman has been delivering some of the best artwork we’ve ever seen inspired by the film of Walt Disney Animation. Today, his offerings expand with a batch of new releases from Bottleneck Gallery. Sticking with his signature tall framing style, the new Ben Harman Disney posters focus on Aladdin, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 101 Dalmatians, The Aristocats, and Alice in Wonderland. Get a look at all of them below. New Ben Harman Disney Posters Aladdin (Day) by Ben Harman Giclee 12...
Tags: Art, Movies, Animation, Alice, Cool Stuff, Harman, Paris France, Roger, Aladdin, Notre Dame Cathedral, Agrabah, Ben Harman, Pongo, Perdita, Disney/Pixar, Alice-in-Wonderland

Entire Board Of New Zealand’s National Organization For Museums Resigns

“The entire board of Museums Aotearoa has abruptly quit after concerns about its governance and management. The organisation’s remaining executive director, Phillipa Tocker, is refusing to comment on the situation, despite being implicated in a report that the board resigned over ‘fundamental disagreements’ with her.” – Stuff (New Zealand)
Tags: Art, Visual, 04.15.21, Museums Aotearoa, Phillipa Tocker

With The Castros Gone, Will The Arts In Cuba Be Any Freer?

Since Raúl Castro’s government had recently had another period of censoring art and arresting artists, there’s some hope — off the island, at least — that there might be a Khrushchev-style cultural thaw coming. In Cuba itself, not so much: “Nothing has changed,” says one artist, “nor does there seem to be a will for change within the new leadership.” – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Cuba, Raul Castro, Issues, Khrushchev, 04.20.21

Chiefs Of ‘The Gold Standard Of Art Film Studios’ Retire After 21 Years

Steve Gilula and Nancy Utley have been at the helm of Searchlight Pictures since the turn of the millennium, and one could argue that the films they’ve produced have (as Brooks Barnes puts it here) “shaped global culture.” They’ve won four Best Picture Oscars in the past dozen years (for Slumdog Millionaire, 12 Years a Slave, Birdman, and The Shape of Water); if Nomadland wins this Sunday, that will make five. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, Brooks Barnes, Nancy Utley, Steve Gilula, Nomadland, 04.20.21, Gold Standard Of Art Film Studios

Richard Wright, Who’s Been Dead For 60 Years, Has A New Novel Coming Out

“In July 1941, Richard Wright, then America’s leading Black author, began writing the novel he felt was his masterpiece. Written ‘at white heat,’ … The Man Who Lived Underground was drafted in just six frenzied months. … Following a crushing rejection from Wright’s publisher and a truncated publication as a short story, the novel was shelved for eighty years — until now.” – Esquire
Tags: Art, America, Words, Richard Wright, Wright, 04.20.21

‘When I paint, all the voices in my head go still’: Juliet Stevenson on how art got her through lockdown

Painting has helped one of Britain’s most revered actors survive Covid restrictions and the loss of a child. We join the actor for an art class that never quite happensIf you go down to the woods today, you may just come across Juliet Stevenson dangling from a branch, fumbling to photograph the light falling through a caterpillar hole on a particularly disobliging leaf, with her partner Hugh chuckling, resigned, as yet another quick stroll turns into a day trip. Upside down Juliet Stevenson has ...
Tags: Art, Culture, Britain, Art and design, Stage, West End, Suffolk, Juliet Stevenson, Hugh, East Anglian

Whispers to thunderstorms: the world of sound designer Max Pappenheim

After embarking accidentally on his career, Pappenheim has created innovative soundscapes for theatre, opera and radioMax Pappenheim’s journey into sound design comprises a series of happy accidents. Music – and especially organ music – was his first love. He spent a year as a cathedral organist and it was only his predilection for experimentation and finding “the weirdest corners of the repertoire” that stopped him from pursuing a professional career in liturgical music.Instead, he went to Camb...
Tags: Music, Design, Theatre, Culture, Art and design, Stage, Cambridge University, Sweeney Todd, Pappenheim, Stagecraft, Finborough theatre, Max Pappenheim

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