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Why Modern Science Is Vulnerable To Science Deniers

Turns out this Science entity doesn’t have a single voice, and in many cases hearing what it has to say isn’t straightforward. As intellectual historian Andrew Jewett notes at the end of Science under Fire, “Such blanket injunctions to place our trust in science, or religion, or the humanities, or any other broad framework, offer remarkably little guidance on how to respond to the social possibilities raised by particular scientific or technical innovations.” – Los Angeles Review of Books
Tags: Art, Ideas, Andrew Jewett, 04.20.21


Turns out this Science entity doesn’t have a single voice, and in many cases hearing what it has to say isn’t straightforward. As intellectual historian Andrew Jewett notes at the end of Science under Fire, “Such blanket injunctions to place our trust in science, or religion, or the humanities, or any other broad framework, offer remarkably little guidance on how to respond to the social possibilities raised by particular scientific or technical innovations.” – Los Angeles Review of Books
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, Andrew Jewett, 04.20.21


The Rise Of Group Curation — A New Model?

‘We believe in a polyphonic time. Essentially the problem has been about dominant narratives and to get a much wider perspective. It is appropriate today that it is less about a single authorial model and more a collaborative research endeavour. Everything in the world at the moment is leaning towards learning from each other and bring together different expertise and knowledge.’ – Arts Hub
Tags: Art, Visual, 04.28.21


Where Threats To Academic Freedom Are

The example of Socrates has always been both an inspiration and a warning. Heterodox gadflies tend to get swatted. In the 21st century, however, academic freedom’s most determined adversaries are inside rather than outside academia. – Claremont Review of Books
Tags: Art, Ideas, Socrates, Winter 2021


AI Routinely Misreads Emotion In Human Faces. Should We Worry?

Today affect-recognition tools can be found in national-security systems and at airports, in education and hiring start-ups, in software that purports to detect psychiatric illness and policing programs that claim to predict violence. The claim that a person’s interior state can be accurately assessed by analyzing that person’s face is premised on shaky evidence. – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Ideas, 04.27.21


Back From The Brink Of Collapse, Australia’s Leading Professional Vocal Ensemble Is Hard At Work

Just two years ago, out of cash, The Song Company entered liquidation bankruptcy; it was rescued by a donor a month later. Then came 2020 and the pandemic, with Australia undergoing unusually strict lockdowns. Those measures worked, and with the country reopening, the ensemble has reorganized itself, started a professional apprenticeship for young singers, and is doing both mainstage programs and “Salon” concerts in small spaces. – Limelight (Australia)
Tags: Art, Music, Australia, 04.27.21, Song Company


Honkaku: The Japanese Detective Novels Catching On In English

“Honkaku translates as ‘orthodox’, and refers to the crafting of fiendishly clever and complex puzzle scenarios – such as a murder in a locked bedroom – that can only be solved through logical deduction. … Honkaku stories have more in common with a game of chess than some modern thrillers, which can be filled with surprise twists and sudden reveals. In honkaku, everything is transparent, … giving the reader a fair chance of solving the mystery before the detective does.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Words, Honkaku, 04.27.21


CultureGrrl, the Metropolitan Museum & the Bomb Scare

At this writing, the Metropolitan Museum is safe and so am I. That said, for a brief time during my visit there Monday afternoon, I feared for my life. (Admittedly, I tend to panic when being evacuated due to a bomb scare.) – Lee Rosenbaum
Tags: Art, Metropolitan Museum, Ajblogs, 04.28.21, Metropolitan Museum amp


The Biographer Has Been Accused Of Abuse. Should We Ignore The Book?

“If an artist is a bad person, should that change the way audiences interact with his art? In this particular case, if the author is a rapist, should that change the way we read Philip Roth: The Biography? Arguably, no. A book has an existence apart from its author, a truism that is extra true in the case of biography. When the biographer turns out to be a contemptible human being, his subject comes under suspicion too: What drew the biographer to this guy and not someone else? We owe it to thi...
Tags: Art, People, Philip Roth, 04.27.21


Painting with a Needle: Dr. Shernaz Cama and the work of PARZOR

Dr. Shernaz Cama the founding director of UNESCO PARZOR Project speaks on ZAMWI ZOOM, a lecture series curated by the Zoroastrian Association of Metropolitan Washington DC.
Tags: Art, Life, Unesco, Shernaz Cama


Engagement Readiness Quiz

The verdict in the George Floyd murder trial provides your arts organization with an opportunity to take a very simple quiz to determine its readiness for engaging with communities. Here are three questions. – Doug Borwick
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, George Floyd, 04.28.21


Microsoft’s new default font options, rated

Calibri, we hardly knew ye. Microsoft’s default font for all its Office products (and built-in apps like Wordpad) is on its way out and the company now needs your help picking a new one. Let’s judge the options! You probably don’t think much about Calibri, if you think about fonts at all, but that’s a good thing in this context. A default font should be something you don’t notice and don’t feel the need to change unless you want something specific. Of course the switch from Times New Roman back ...
Tags: TC, Design, Microsoft, Tech, Fonts, Monaco, Tnr, Darrell, Seaford, Calibri, Grandview, Bierstadt, Steve Matteson Tenorite, Tenorite, Second Place Skeena, Fourth Place Grandview


A Philip Roth Bio Is Canceled — A Sea Change In Whether Books Are Published?

“I think this week marks a sea change in publishers’ interest in their authors’ behavior. The cancellation of Bailey’s books came just a day after news broke that hundreds of employees at Simon & Schuster have submitted a petition demanding that the publisher cancel its two-book deal with former vice president Mike Pence and refuse to sign any additional contracts with members of the Trump administration.” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Words, Trump, Mike Pence, Bailey, Simon Schuster, 04.28.21


The Forgotten Female Playwrights (150 Of Them!) Of 17th- and 18th-Century France

“Now a growing movement within French theater is reclaiming the work of forgotten female artists, and reviving a lost concept along the way: le matrimoine. Matrimoine is the feminine equivalent of patrimoine — translated as patrimony, or what is inherited from male ancestors. In French, however, patrimoine is also the catchall term to describe cultural heritage. By way of matrimoine, artists and academics are pushing for the belated recognition of women’s contribution to art history, and the re...
Tags: Art, France, Theatre, 04.28.21


Big Bump In UK Book Sales In 2020

UK consumer book sales climbed 7% to £2.1bn last year as people “rediscovered their love of reading” in lockdown, the industry body says. – BBC
Tags: Art, UK, Words, Audience, 04.27.21


Liam Scarlett, Death, And How The Dance World Deals With Scandal

“Scarlett’s death raises many issues. Foremost has been a widespread unease about the way that many dance companies in recent years have seemed to hush up various scandals or crises that purportedly involve a range of alarming sexual matters, heterosexual and homosexual, adult and under-age, on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as cases of violent assault.” – Alastair Macaulay
Tags: Art, Dance, Atlantic, Scarlett, Liam Scarlett, 04.24.21


Why Viewers With Thousands Of Options Are Choosing To Stream Old TV Series

The Office and The Sopranos were two of the biggest hits of 2020, according to streaming services, which have recently paid hundreds of millions of dollars for exclusive rights to long-off-the-air favorite comedies such as Seinfeld, Friends, The Big Bang Theory, and South Park. Why? The same reason people turn to comfort food: reassurance and the dopamine hit. – BBC
Tags: Art, Media, Audience, 04.27.21


Family of late Samsung chair offload Picassos and Dalís to cut inheritance tax bill

Relatives of Lee Kun-hee to donate 23,000 artworks to South Korean national museumsThe family of the late Samsung Electronics chair Lee Kun-hee have said they will pay more than 12tn won (£7.8bn) in inheritance tax and donate his collection of more than 23,000 artworks – including pieces by Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, Jean-Michel Basquiat and one of Claude Monet’s water lilies paintings – to South Korean national museums.Lee, who is credited with transforming Samsung into the world’s largest s...
Tags: Art, South Korea, Business, Technology, Money, Samsung, Painting, Tax, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Art and design, Museums, Computing, Inheritance Tax, Samsung Electronics


This website has 17,000 3Dcscans of famous sculptures and cultural artifacts

Scan the World has thousands of high-resolution scans of statues, sculptures, and other 3D museum pieces saved in the STL format. You can upload them to 3D modeling apps or print them on a 3D printer. To check it out, I uploaded the head of Michelangelo's David to Blender and threw a couple of colored spotlights on it. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, News, David, Sculpture, 3D, Scans, Michelangelo


Watch 400+ Documentaries from German Broadcaster Deutsche Welle: Art Forgery, Fashion Photography, the Mona Lisa, and More

You’re certainly familiar with Nouvelle Vague, the “French new wave” that shook up world cinema in the mid-2oth century. You’ve probably also heard of Hallyu, the “Korean wave” of pop music and television dramas (and, increasingly, films) now crashing across not just Asia but the West. As for Deutsche Welle, literally the “German wave,” you may know the term better in its abbreviated form: DW, the brand of Germany’s public international broadcaster. Here on Open Culture we’ve previously ...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Asia, Europe, Photography, Television, College, Germany, Berlin, Africa, West, United States, Seoul, Roma, Turkmenistan, Goethe Institut


Theodore Lambrinos, Prolific Baritone, Dead Of COVID At 85

A longtime soloist at the Met and a mainstay of New York Grand Opera’s summertime productions in Central Park, “over his 60-year career he gave nearly 800 performances in three dozen countries in opera productions (some 60 roles) and in concerts of arias, Broadway fare and Hellenic songs (a lifelong passion).” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Broadway, Central Park, New York Grand Opera, 04.27.21


This website has 17,000 3D scans of famous sculptures and cultural artifacts

Scan the World has thousands of high-resolution scans of statues, sculptures, and other 3D museum pieces saved in the STL format. You can upload them to 3D modeling apps or print them on a 3D printer. To check it out, I uploaded the head of Michelangelo's David to Blender and threw a couple of colored spotlights on it. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, News, David, Sculpture, 3D, Scans, Michelangelo


Indian-American Calls For Paris Opera Ballet To Cancel ‘La Bayadère’

Rajan Zed, an advocate and the founder of the Reno-based Universal Society of Hinduism, has previously called on other companies, including Houston Ballet, the Royal Ballet in London, and, just this month, the Korean National Ballet and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, to remove “this deeply problematic ballet … [and] blatant belittling of a rich civilization” from their repertoires. In his latest statement, he says that “we are well into the 21st century now, and outdated L...
Tags: Art, London, Dance, St Petersburg, Rajan Zed, Universal Society of Hinduism, Paris Opera Ballet, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, 04.27.21, Houston Ballet the Royal Ballet, Korean National Ballet


Stewart Brand and Brian Eno on “We Are As Gods”

In March 02021, We Are As Gods, the documentary about Long Now co-founder Stewart Brand, premiered at SXSW. As part of the premiere, the documentary’s directors, David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg, hosted a conversation between Brand and fellow Long Now co-founder Brian Eno. (Eno scored the film, contributing 24 original tracks to the soundtrack.) The full conversation can be watched above. A transcript follows below.   David Alvarado: Hi. My name is David Alvarado. I’m one of the directors fo...
Tags: Art, Video, Hollywood, Stanford, Singapore, India, Future, Mit, David, Army, Siberia, Brian, Volkswagen, West Coast, North America, Brian Eno


The Birth Of The Paid Claque (Annals Of Opera History)

Back in the early 19th century, “the directors of the Paris Opera saw no reason to leave the success of their performances up to the whims of an unpredictable audience. To guarantee acclaim, they employed the services of an organized body of professional applauders, commonly known as the ‘claque.’ These claqueurs were tucked away throughout the audience, disguised as members of the public.” Why did this profession arise? Well, for roughly the same reason that professional music criticism did. –...
Tags: Art, Music, Audience, Paris Opera, 04.22.21


YouTube On Pace To Be Bigger Media Company Than Netflix

In its first-quarter earnings report Tuesday, Google parent company Alphabet said YouTube brought in revenue of $6.01 billion in advertising revenue during the quarter — up from $4 billion from a year ago, for a growth rate of 49%. That’s an acceleration over its 46% growth in Q4. It’s also nearly twice the growth rate of Netflix, which reported 24% revenue growth in Q1, and growth to slow to 19% next quarter. – CNBC
Tags: Google, Art, Media, Youtube, Netflix, Alphabet, 04.27.21, Bigger Media Company Than Netflix


Trial Indoor Performance With Audience Of 4,500 Shows Little Indication Of COVID Transmission

The event, a rock concert at an arena in Barcelona on March 27, required attendees to have an antigen test beforehand and to wear masks throughout, but no social distancing was required. Two weeks later, only six audience members (four of whom say they were exposed elsewhere) tested positive for COVID, which extrapolates to half the current infection rate in Barcelona as a whole. – Yahoo! (AP)
Tags: Art, Barcelona, Issues, Audience, 04.27.21


The Jane Austen Museum, Slavery, And The Culture Wars

“This month, the museum, Jane Austen’s House, touched a nerve when its director said that it would include details about Austen and her family’s ties to the slave trade, including the fact that her father was a trustee of a sugar plantation on the Caribbean island of Antigua. … The reaction from the British tabloids was swift.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, House, Jane Austen, Words, Caribbean, Antigua, Austen, 04.27.21


How NFTs could change global business models beyond the art industry

Grimes' Battle of the WarNymphs NFT on Nifty Gateway. Nifty Gateway NFTs are tokenized versions of unique assets like works of art that can be traded on a blockchain. They create opportunities for business models that didn't exist before, like artist stipulations. Future NFT developments could transform markets like property, vehicles, and land ownership. See more stories on Insider's business page. Sotheby's has become the latest establishment name in art to dive into NF...
Tags: Amazon, Art, Opinion, US, Trends, Strategy, Bitcoin, Gartner, Grimes, Blockchain, Gamestop, Nordic, Christie, Pak, NFT, Sotheby


Using Origami To Create Emergency Shelter For Disasters

A team of applied mathematics specialists at Harvard spent three years of calculations and trial-and-error to design a lightweight plastic structure that’s about the size of a twin mattress when folded but quickly inflates to a stable 8’x8’x8′ octagonal structure — relatively easy to transport in large numbers and quick to erect. – Wired
Tags: Art, Harvard, Visual, 04.27.21



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