Parsons on the Romantic and the Methodical

...the dominant character structure of modern Germany had been distinguished by a striking dualism between "A: an emotional, idealistic, active, romantic component which may be constructive or destructive and anti-social," and "B: an orderly, hard-working hierarchy preoccupied, methodical, submissive, gregarious, materialistic" component.In the traditional pre-Nazi German society it is overwhelmingly the B component which has become institutionalized. The A component arises from two principal in...
Tags: Art, Politics, Activism, Germany, United Nations, Jazz, Nazi, Academia, Parsons, Political Art, Stefan Kac, Aesthetics, Talcott Parsons, Critical Theory, Postmodernism And Postmodernists, Romanticism

The Fitness Trap

Part of what seems awry with contemporary fitness culture is its artifice, symptomatic of the wrongness of modernity, prior to which, one imagines, real life was excessively challenging and exercise blissfully inadvertent. Condemned to an “active” lifestyle, pre-modern humans would surely never have dreamed of inventing excuses to expend extra energy for the sake of it. – New Statesman
Tags: Art, Ideas, 04.22.21

A Psychologist Talks About How Art Changes Us

“For me, as a psychologist with a special interest and expertise in the arts, our fascination with art raises two long-standing and fundamental questions, ones that have engaged philosophers, psychologists and art lovers. First, why are we so drawn to works of art? For their beauty, of course, but that can’t be all, as the thought-experiments above show us. Second, what kinds of demonstrable beneficial effects, if any, can engagement in the arts have on us?” – Aeon
Tags: Art, Ideas, 04.22.21

David Byrne’s Socially-Distanced Theatrics

“Each of the attendees submits a screening form in advance and undergoes a COVID rapid test on-site, in an ivory-walled corridor that suggests a 1940s hospital on a Ryan Murphy set. Face masks are mandatory; wearable “passports” reflect row assignments, and the “Social Distance Ground Crew” lights the way with tarmac-style batons. To me—effectively a pandemic-era shut-in, having spent the year working from home—the protocols married the politeness of a school field trip with the novelty of an i...
Tags: Art, Theatre, Ryan Murphy, David Byrne, 04.21.21

How Choirs Have Figured Out To Sing Together Again

“It was amazing to be able to sing with my friends again,” said Ian Bass, a seventh grader in the Ragazzi Boys Chorus, a Silicon Valley choir that has made online rehearsals work through a technology called JackTrip that eliminates the dreaded delay. “Sometimes I forget I am not in a normal practice because it feels so real.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, Uncategorized, Silicon Valley, Ian Bass

Arts Venues Hoping For Some Of That $16 Billion COVID Relief Hit Glitch

The Small Business Administration oversees the $16 billion portion that will offer grants to concert halls, theaters and museums. But soon after the process began on April 8, the application portal shut down. The apparent cause? Technical glitches — as in plural. The SBA has said it hopes to reopen the portal by the end of the week. –
Tags: Art, Issues, Small Business Administration, SBA, 04.22.21

3D Print 18,000 Famous Sculptures, Statues & Artworks: Rodin’s Thinker, Michelangelo’s David & More

To recent news stories about 3D printed guns, prosthetics, and homes, you can add Scan the World’s push to create “an ecosystem of 3D printable objects of cultural significance.” Items that took the ancients untold hours to sculpt from marble and stone can be reproduced in considerably less time, provided you’ve got the technology and the know-how to use it. Since we last wrote about this free, open source initiative in 2017, Scan the World has added Google Arts and Culture to the many cult...
Tags: Google, Art, Photography, Technology, College, China, India, History, World, David, Austria, Vienna, Paris, Beethoven, Rodin, Facebook Twitter

‘Damn! This Is A Caravaggio! Where The Hell Did You Find It?’ (The Inside Story)

“It took all of six minutes for Massimo Pulini to realise that the small oil painting due to go under the hammer in Madrid earlier this month with a guide price of €1,500 ($1,800) could be worth millions. … Within two weeks, Spain’s culture ministry [acted] to impose an export ban. The painting was pulled from auction. Pulini, a painter himself as well as an authoritative art historian, told The Guardian about his identification of the painting and the ultimately doomed scramble to bring it bac...
Tags: Art, Spain, Italy, Madrid, Visual, 04.23.21, Massimo Pulini, Pulini

Paul Schrader: The End Of The Movie Feature As We Knew It?

“The two-hour format which was so ideally suited to theatrical, we’ve now trained young people for fifteen months not to see that as a primary way to have audiovisual entertainment. Now, how they come back or if they come back . . . they’re certainly not going to come back in the way they once were.” – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Media, Audience, Paul Schrader, 04.22.21

India’s Top Documentary Filmmaker Can Barely Show His Work There Anymore

“[Anant] Patwardhan views his filmmaking practice as comprehensive — not just researching, shooting, and completing films, but also taking them on tour and holding discussions, involving the communities and people he profiles. … Even if he is routinely cited as India’s leading documentarian, actually showing his films there is a bedeviling challenge” — especially his latest, Vivek (“Reason”), about the current wave of Hindu nationalism.” – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Media, India, 04.21.21, Anant -RSB- Patwardhan, Vivek Reason

Jazz Musicians Remember Chick Corea

He left behind “thousands of audio and video recordings; the countless notes scrawled on countless piles of music manuscript paper; and, of course, the memories of family, friends, and fans.” Just about everyone who plays jazz today owes something to Corea, whether they know it or not (and most do). – Jazz Times
Tags: Art, People, Chick Corea, Corea, 04.19.21

Researchers Use AI To Analyze Dead Sea Scrolls

For their study, the researches utilized artificial intelligence technology to examine the writing on the scrolls, comparing the look of certain letters and analyzing patterns that appear in the ink. The study did not offer details on the identities of the two possible authors of these texts. – ARTnews
Tags: Art, Visual, 04.21.21

The World’s Bravest Opera Boss Talks About The Challenges At His Latest House

Stéphane Lissner has been the superintendent/general director at the two most notoriously contentious companies in the world: La Scala and the Paris Opera. Now he’s at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, financially stabilized after years of crisis, with the brief of bringing back artistic glory. Here he talks about the ingenious ways he’s kept staffers working through the pandemic, the neglected Neapolitan operas he wants to revive, and why he’s much more sympathetic to the labor unions in Napl...
Tags: Art, Music, World, Paris, Naples, La Scala, Stephane Lissner, 04.23.21, Teatro di San Carlo

In Defense Of The Art Of Broadway

“If you live and die at the box office, as does Broadway, you are not rewarded for indulgence or self-involvement. More importantly, you often are better able to reach non-elites. Broadway attracts more lower-middle class theatergoers than many pretentious nonprofit institutions; it pulls more young people to shows like “Mean Girls” and “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and it is far more likely to attract the large and diverse audience for shows that intersect with the history of recorded music. In sho...
Tags: Art, Theatre, Broadway, 04.22.21

Cool Stuff: Oliver Rankin’s New ‘Back to the Future’ Posters Have No Problem Hitting 88 Miles Per Hour

“When this baby hits 88 miles per hour, you’re gonna see some serious shit.” A new batch of Back to the Future posters by artist Oliver Rankin certainly make good on that promise. In this trilogy set from Bottleneck Gallery and Vice Press, the iconic DeLorean time machine from Robert Zemeckis‘ classic film franchise is speeding through 1985, 2015 and 1885, each with a different version of the vehicle generating the 1.21 gigawatts of electricity needed to activate the flux capacitor. Oliver R...
Tags: Art, Movies, Sci-fi, Sequels, Universal, Robert Zemeckis, Cool Stuff, Christopher Lloyd, Back-to-the-Future, Bottleneck Gallery, Back to the Future Part II, Josh Gates, Back to the Future Part III, Oliver Rankin, Oliver Rankin Back

NPR And PRX To Offer Paid Subscription Option For Podcasts

NPR will give listeners the choice to pay — via its own platforms, Apple, or Spotify — a yet-undetermined monthly fee in order to receive its podcasts without advertising sponsorship messages; the network will also make this option available to member stations for their podcasts. PRX will offer a $4.99 monthly subscription to podcasts it distributes via four channels on Apple Podcasts; again, subscribers will be able to bypass underwriting announcements. – Current The post NPR And PRX To Offe...
Tags: Apple, Art, Media, Npr, Audience, 04.21.21

In Florida, It’s Now A Felony To Damage A Confederate Monument

While the “Combating Public Disorder Act” just signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis is most notorious for its provisions aimed at street protests (classifying blocking cars during a demonstration as rioting, protecting drivers who plow into a crowd of protestors from civil liability), it also makes the damaging of any “memorial” (defined as a marker that “honors or recounts the military service of any past or present”) a third-degree felony, with a sentence of up to five years in prison. Topple a memori...
Tags: Art, Florida, Issues, Ron DeSantis, 04.22.21

The Mighty Battle Of The Getty Museum Versus The Webbing Clothes Moth

It seems that, in many places, a multitude of vermin took advantage of the lack of traffic in museums during the pandemic to stage an invasion and, potentially, a delicious banquet. (Mmmm, priceless historic textiles!) A sharp-eyed conservator at the Getty in L.A. noticed an increase in noxious lepidopterae last April, early on — and so began the museum’s Project Moth Remediation. Deborah Vankin reports on just what it took to get rid of the hungry insects. – Los Angeles Times The post The Migh...
Tags: Art, Visual, Deborah Vankin, 04.22.21

Ten Trends In Architecture To Combat Climate Change

From reducing waste and maximising urban greenery to collaboration and lobbying for change, solutions to reduce pressure on the planet are now taking centre stage. – Dezeen The post Ten Trends In Architecture To Combat Climate Change appeared first on ArtsJournal.
Tags: Art, Visual, 04.21.21

I'm Innovation Expert and 'Big Little Breakthroughs' Author Josh Linker, and This Is How I Work

What if someone told you that all it took to unleash your inner creative spark was five minutes of daily, deliberate practice? Or that a “breakthrough” needn’t be a monumental triumph, but instead be something that makes your day just a tinge easier?Read more...
Tags: Design, Articles, Creativity, Innovation, Lifehacks, Product Management, Thought, Aptitude, Josh Linker, Mental Processes, Innovation Economics, Science And Technology Studies

Dancer Who Sued Berlin State Ballet For Racial Discrimination Gets Settlement, New Contract

“Chloé Lopes Gomes filed a lawsuit in 2020 against the expiration of her temporary contract. She [alleged she had been] discriminated against because of the color of her skin. Now the State Ballet and the dancer have agreed to a court settlement: The ballerina will stay with the State Ballet for another year and receive a compensation payment of €16,000 ($19,240).” – Deutsche Welle The post Dancer Who Sued Berlin State Ballet For Racial Discrimination Gets Settlement, New Contract appeared firs...
Tags: Art, Berlin, Dance, Deutsche Welle, State Ballet, Chloé Lopes Gomes, 04.22.21

Bob Porter, Producer And Broadcaster Who Rescued Jazz History, Dead At 80

“As a record producer [he] guided the reissue of vast swaths of the classic jazz canon, and … as a broadcaster [he] helped build WBGO into the largest jazz radio station in the New York City area.” – The New York Times The post Bob Porter, Producer And Broadcaster Who Rescued Jazz History, Dead At 80 appeared first on ArtsJournal.
Tags: Art, New York City, People, New York Times, Bob Porter, 04.22.21

Bankrupt One Year Ago, Cirque Du Soleil Begins Reopening

“Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, which emerged from Chapter 15 protection after a sale in November, announced on Wednesday that it is restarting four of its unique offerings, including O and Mystère. Most Cirque du Soleil shows have been dark in the U.S. since March 15, 2020.” – Deadline The post Bankrupt One Year Ago, Cirque Du Soleil Begins Reopening appeared first on ArtsJournal.
Tags: Art, Theatre, Cirque Du Soleil, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, 04.22.21, Mystère Most Cirque du Soleil

When Right-Wingers Accuse Online Booksellers Of Censorship, They May Have A Point (But Not The One They Think)

“Unlike the cozy bookstore in your town, online booksellers don’t choose each book they’re offering. The role of curator — if it exists at all — has effectively been passed from seller to customer. Under this system, if a title attracts sufficiently convincing and public objections, that title is taken down from the website. … This feels like a problematic way to curate literature,” warns Ron Charles. – The Washington Post The post When Right-Wingers Accuse Online Booksellers Of Censorship, The...
Tags: Art, Washington Post, Words, Ron Charles, 04.22.21

Did art peak 30,000 years ago? How cave paintings became my lockdown obsession

Portraiture, perspective, impressionism, movement, mythology: cave artists could do the lot. And I have spent the past year on a virtual odyssey of their primordial wondersI was recently awoken in the night by lions, their eyes glaring in the dark from blunt rectangular faces as they stalked bison through an ancient, arid grassland. As I came to, however, I realised I was not about to be eaten alive. This was simply one of the perils of spending too much time looking at images of cave art on the...
Tags: Art, Europe, France, Painting, History, Culture, Art and design, Anthropology, Archaeology, Dordogne, Lascaux, Chauvet, Gombrich

‘Damn! This is a Caravaggio!’: the inside story of an old master found in Spain

Art dealer Giancarlo Ciaroni attempted to buy painting listed at €1,500 for €500,000 – but discovered bewildered owners already had two offers of €3mIt took all of six minutes for Massimo Pulini to realise that the small oil painting due to go under the hammer in Madrid earlier this month with a guide price of €1,500 (£1,300) could be worth millions.At 9.48pm on 24 March, Pulini, a 63-year-old professor at the Bologna Fine Arts Academy, received a email request for an evaluation. Sent by an anti...
Tags: Art, Europe, Spain, World news, Culture, Art and design, Italy, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Madrid, Massimo Pulini, Pulini, Giancarlo Ciaroni, Bologna Fine Arts Academy

The Great British Art Tour: how a French artist gave us plenty to see in Barnard Castle

With public art collections closed we are bringing the art to you, exploring highlights and hidden gems from across the country in partnership with Art UK. Today’s pick: Joséphine Bowes’s Château du Barry in the Bowes museumBowes Museum in Barnard Castle wouldn’t exist without the painter of this work. Joséphine Bowes was a French actor with Théâtre des Variétés in Paris who captured the heart of the English landowner John Bowes. She was also a talented artist, whose work was chosen to be exhibi...
Tags: Art, Europe, UK, France, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Paris, John, Barry, Josephine, Barnard Castle, Paris Salon, John Bowes, Josephine Bowes

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