I Miss Chitchat

In our pandemic world, casual conversation has been all but eliminated. The closest thing I get these days is saying “thank you” to a delivery person or greeting a grocery store clerk. Even then, I’m hesitant to linger—every unnecessary moment with a stranger feels taboo, every breath a hazard. And, now, in the absence of chit-chat, I feel isolated and unenergized. – The Walrus The post I Miss Chitchat appeared first on ArtsJournal.
Tags: Art, Words, 04.22.21

Microsoft: Back-To-Back Video Meetings Are “Unsustainable”

“Our research shows breaks are important, not just to make us less exhausted by the end of the day, but to actually improve our ability to focus and engage while in those meetings,” says Michael Bohan, senior director of Microsoft’s Human Factors Engineering group, who oversaw the project. – Microsoft Research
Tags: Art, Microsoft, Ideas, Human Factors Engineering, Michael Bohan

The Contentious History Of Grammar Books

In that era, a Grammar was second only to a Bible as a necessary object in a God-fearing household. While the Bible provided moral instruction, the Grammar, as a guide to correct linguistic behavior, might shore up confidence and help one get ahead in the world. A pageant of pedants, both male and female, squabbled for their share of the market. – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Words, 04.21.21

How Those Algorithms Manipulate Your Behavior

University of Chicago economist Richard Thaler and Harvard Law School professor Cass Sunstein popularized the term “nudge” in 2008, but due to recent advances in AI and machine learning, algorithmic nudging is much more powerful than its non-algorithmic counterpart. With so much data about workers’ behavioral patterns at their fingertips, companies can now develop personalized strategies for changing individuals’ decisions and behaviors at large scale. These algorithms can be adjusted in real-t...
Tags: Art, Ideas, University Of Chicago, Harvard Business Review, Harvard Law School, Cass Sunstein, Richard Thaler, 04.21.21

Size Matters: Of Novels And Novellas And Their Fluctuating Lengths

Novels started out long in the 18th and 19th centuries, got shorter in the early 20th century, and really started bulking up (especially genre fiction) after 1991. What’s more, readers love novellas all over Latin America and in South Korea and they appear regularly in continental Europe, but you almost never see new novellas published in the Anglosphere. Why? The writer’s muse notwithstanding, it’s about money. Lincoln Michel explains. (Oh, and what was the key factor in genre novels getting l...
Tags: Art, South Korea, Europe, Words, Latin America, Lincoln Michel, 04.19.21

How Do We Structurally Change Theatre Criticism?

“The answer is not more diverse critics because what the fuck does that mean? More diverse critics and then they go where? More diverse critics writing for £25 an article. Is that going to change anything?” – The Stage
Tags: Art, Theatre, 04.20.21

Choreographer Cathy Marston, Making New Story Ballets Cool Again

The 46-year-old Briton, who has continued to work remotely even as her big U.S. premieres planned for last year (Of Mice and Men at the Joffrey, Mrs. Robinson at San Francisco ballet) have been postponed, talks to Zachary Whittenburg about what she looks for in a story to tell, the unlikely novel she really wants to stage, and what reviews not to read. – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, San Francisco, Dance, Cathy Marston, Zachary Whittenburg, 04.20.21, Joffrey Mrs Robinson

Jerry And Kenny’s Excellent NFT Adventure

Jerry Saltz and Kenny Schachter team up to “test” the NFT market. “To be clear, NFTism doesn’t necessarily disrupt anything but rather presents a market alternative to the traditional gallery system. In the process, it ushered in a unexpected audience of crypto collectors, empowered a whole new generation of artists with easy access to that audience, and instilled the (potential) windfall of a 10 percent resale residual to NFT artists in perpetuity. On another note, make no mistake, this is not...
Tags: Art, Visual, Kenny, NFT, Jerry Saltz, Kenny Schachter, 04.21.21

Tempest Storm, Last Of The Great Old-Time Striptease Artists, Dead At 93

“Routinely named in the same ardent breath as the great 20th-century ecdysiasts Lili St. Cyr, Blaze Starr and Gypsy Rose Lee, Ms. Storm was every inch as ecdysiastical as they, and for far longer. … [She] continued plying her craft until she was in her 80s — not because she had to, but because she could.” (And, by the way, she said about her way of working, “I think taking off all your clothes — and I’ve never taken off all my clothes — is not only immoral but boring.”) – The New York Times ...
Tags: Art, People, 04.21.21, Lili St Cyr Blaze Starr, Gypsy Rose Lee Ms Storm

How To Fight Online Disinformation

“The trend of people celebrating and posting photos of themselves or loved ones receiving the vaccine has been far more effective than any attempt to disprove a baseless claim about Bill Gates or 5G mobile technology. In the attention economy that governs tech platforms, drowning out is a better strategy than rebuttal.” – Big Think
Tags: Art, Ideas, Bill Gates, 04.19.21

Historian Pinpoints The Worst Year In Human History

The year was terrible due to cataclysmic eruptions that blocked out the sun and the spread of the plague. It ushered in the coldest decade in thousands of years and started a century of economic devastation. – Big Think
Tags: Art, Ideas, 04.19.21

What Ever Happened To All Those Quibi Shows? They’re Now ‘Roku Originals’

“The streaming device maker will rebrand the Quibi library, which it bought in January, as Roku Originals in the run-up to debuting them on its free, ad-supported Roku Channel later in the year. Any future original programming will fall under that banner as well. … The Roku Originals library includes some 75 shows” — with expensive talent and production values — “from Quibi, including a dozen that hadn’t been released when Quibi shut down in late 2020,” collapsing after about six months of oper...
Tags: Art, Media, Roku Channel, Quibi, 04.21.21, Roku Originals

Researchers Figure Out Why Some Picassos Have Deteriorated More Quickly Than Others

“The study centred on four paintings inspired by the Ballets Russes, the Russian impresario Sergei Diaghilev’s itinerant dance troupe, which Picasso produced in no more than a few months while working at a friend’s studio in Barcelona in 1917.” – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Barcelona, Visual, Picasso, Sergei Diaghilev, 04.21.21

Bad Feelings At Second City In Chicago: Old Food Service Staff Is Fired And President Resigns

The 90-odd people who worked, some for decades, as waiters, bartenders, dishwashers and the like were told last fall that their furloughs were officially layoffs. But now Second City has a new owner and is making plans to reopen — and those workers find out that, rather than getting a chance at their old jobs, all catering at the theater is being outsourced. (The new contractor says former staffers get first crack at applying for the new jobs.) Meanwhile, president and CEO Steve Johnston has up...
Tags: Art, Theatre, Chicago, Second City, Steve Johnston, 04.21.21

What’s Old Is New Again—and Colorful—at the Apple Event

Apple's "Spring Loaded" showcase was filled with slick transitions and suave drone footage taking us all over its Apple Park HQ in Cupertino, Calif. It was a very "something for everyone" kind of event, with announcements for creators and consumers alike, and a few under-the-radar moments that point toward big developments on the horizon. The...
Tags: Design, Advertising, Voice, Cupertino Calif, Apple Park HQ

Was Nero cruel? British Museum offers hidden depths to Roman emperor

Nero: the man behind the myth brings together more than 200 artefacts from across EuropeNero, one of the most notorious Roman emperors of them all, murdered his mother and two wives, ruthlessly persecuted early Christians, including Saint Peter and Saint Paul, and even set fire to Rome itself – famously fiddling amid the flames – to make room to build himself a vast, luxurious palace.Or did he? That is the question posed by an exhibition opening at the British Museum next month which seeks, if n...
Tags: Art, London, UK News, Rome, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, British Museum, Peter, PAUL, Roman, Nero

The New Whitest-Ever White Paint Could Potentially Replace Air Conditioning

The paint, developed at Purdue University’s mechanical engineering department, reflects 98.1 percent of the sun’s rays, while the strongest heat-resistant white paints currently on the market reflect 80 to 90 percent. The new pigment’s superpower is that, by absorbing so little infrared heat, it actually cools the material it’s covering below the ambient temperature. (So far, tests show 8 degrees below ambient at noon and 19 degrees at night.) Nothing like that has ever been achieved before, an...
Tags: Art, Visual, Purdue University, 04.21.21

AI Music App Creates Music For You On The Fly, Depending On Your Mood

Endel uses a bunch of data, including your location, weather, time of day and even biometrics to create an individual soundtrack on the fly. “This is a technology that is designed to help you focus, relax and sleep.” – Protocol
Tags: Art, Music, Endel, 04.22.21

Charlotte Plans To Overhaul Arts Funding, With 50% More Money — But Some Artists Are Suspicious

“Last week, City Manager Marcus Jones recommended that the city take over arts funding from the Arts & Science Council, which has managed the funding process for decades. Jones’s plan would see the arts and cultural groups receive $12 million per year from the public and private sectors — a 50% hike from a proposal the council has been considering. … [But a group of] over 130 artists and other community members on Tuesday demanded that they be included in [the process].” – The Charlotte Observe...
Tags: Art, Jones, Issues, Marcus Jones, Arts Science Council, 04.20.21

Detroit Symphony’s Long-Serving CEO, Anne Parsons, To Retire Next Year

“Parsons faced a financially embattled DSO when she took the reins in 2004, followed by grueling labor strife several years later. She ultimately helped guide the organization to fiscal stability, along with global acclaim for a series of pioneering digital initiatives. Parsons also oversaw the appointment of two music directors, Leonard Slatkin in 2007 and Jader Bignamini in 2020.” – Detroit Free Press
Tags: Art, Music, Parsons, Detroit Symphony, DSO, Leonard Slatkin, Jader Bignamini, Anne Parsons, 04.21.21

Canada’s Federal Budget Has More Than $800 Million In New Cultural Funding

“The budget earmarks $300-million over two years to Canadian Heritage to create a recovery fund to combat that drop in employment and support the recovery of those industries. … There’s an investment of $200-million through regional development agencies for major Canadian festivals, and an additional $200-million through Canadian Heritage for local festivals and cultural events, including outdoor theatre.” There’s also $70 million for musicians and music venues, $60 million for TV and film, and...
Tags: Art, Canada, Heritage, Globe, Federal Budget, Issues, 04.20.21

Classical Music Podcasts Are Coming Into Their Own

“Classical music has been surprisingly slow to embrace podcasting, a medium ideally suited to illuminate its sounds and stories. But something changed in the last year, with live performances on hold because of the pandemic and the music industry belatedly exploring new platforms.” Joshua Barone has a look at three notable podcasts, including one that follows the creative process of three composers over weeks. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Joshua Barone, 04.21.21

Skull brides and iguana hats: Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico – in pictures

The renowned Mexican photographer has spent a lifetime documenting indigenous communities and chance encounters in her homeland Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Photography, Mexico, Americas, World news, Culture, Art and design, Awards and prizes, Indigenous Peoples, Exhibitions, Sony World Photography Awards, Graciela Iturbide

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