Celebrate Napoleon? Well, It Is His 200th Birthday…

This isn’t the first time that commemorating Napoleon or the events of his reign has posed a problem. In 2005, the then president of France, Jacques Chirac, and his prime minister, Dominique de Villepin – also a Napoleonic historian – thought it wise to sidestep the celebrations for the bicentenary of the French victory against the Austrians at Austerlitz. A key part of this decision, in commentators’ eyes, was mounting controversy about Napoleon’s legacy, including accusations of genocide agai...
Tags: Art, France, People, Napoleon, Jacques Chirac, Dominique de Villepin, 05.05.21

The Moral Imperative For Releasing The Patents On Vaccines

“The pharmaceutical industry and the governments of several vaccine-producing countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as the European Commission, have been resisting the IP waiver, while 150 public leaders and experts have sent an open letter to US President Joe Biden in support of it. There is no longer any question about who is right. Given the surge of COVID-19 in several regions, most recently in India, the continuing emergence of new and deadly variants of th...
Tags: Art, India, Uncategorized, US, Joe Biden, United States, United Kingdom, European Commission, 04.29.21

“Multitasking” Is A Lie

The American Psychological Association has reported that even brief mental blocks created by shifting between tasks can cost as much as 40% in productivity. Why is the cost of multitasking so high? Because our brains were never meant to multitask in the first place. – Fast Company
Tags: Art, Ideas, American Psychological Association, 05.05.21

How Data Science Is Analyzing The Arts

“Computer scientists are writing algorithms to identify the emotional arcs of novels. Sociologists are building statistical models to analyze why certain works of visual art resonate more than others. Electrical engineers have scraped tens of thousands of book reviews from the online website to parse why some types of stories drive readers to talk to each other, and what they talk about. Evolutionary biologists and cognitive scientists have adapted models from information retrieva...
Tags: Art, Issues, 04.20.21

Great Writers On Their Best- And Least-Loved Punctuation Marks

F. Scott Fitzgerald and Tom Wolfe on exclamation points, Garielle Lutz and Toni Morrison on commas, Norman Mailer on hyphens, Cormac McCarthy on periods, and Gertrude Stein on periods, commas, and semicolons: “They are more powerful more imposing more pretentious than a comma but they are a comma all the same. They really have within them deeply within them fundamentally within them the comma nature.” – Literary Hub
Tags: Art, Words, Toni Morrison, Gertrude Stein, Cormac Mccarthy, Scott Fitzgerald, Tom Wolfe, Norman Mailer, 05.04.21, Garielle Lutz

The World’s Longest-Running Play, Coming Back From Its First Closure In 69 Years

The producers of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap in London’s West End have “employed two casts who will rehearse and work completely separately, and appear in alternating runs of three performances. If an actor were to test positive, the other cast – contracted to be available and in reach of the theatre in their time off – will immediately take over for 10 days while the other group recuperates. Quarantine rules would prevent the usual theatre practice of one absentee being replaced by a stand...
Tags: Art, London, Theatre, West End, Agatha Christie, 05.05.21

Cuomo: Broadway To Reopen Sept. 14

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that Broadway will reopen on Sept. 14, with some tickets going on sale beginning tomorrow. Theaters will be open at 100% capacity, the governor says. – Deadline
Tags: Art, Theatre, Broadway, Andrew Cuomo, Cuomo, 05.06.21

Fifty Years Ago Photography Was Barely Considered Art. Now…

“There are now more galleries showing contemporary art than those devoted to the entire rest of art history, with sales at auction houses following the same trend: in the years since photography entered the art world, contemporary art has replaced impressionist and Old Masters painting as the most sought-after, collected, exhibited, and expensive segment of the market.” – American Scholar
Tags: Art, Visual, 05.04.21

BMW Art Cars Exhibited

BMW art cars debuted today, using artificial intelligence (AI) software to generate new works of art. In conjunction with Frieze New York, the fair takes place in Manhattan from May 5 – 9, 2021. Frieze New York has works of art from over 60 galleries, mainly located in New York. A viewing room with over 160 […] The post BMW Art Cars Exhibited appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Art, New York, Design, Technology, Media, Germany, Advertising, Marketing, Events, Artificial Intelligence, Luxury, Manhattan, Autos, Bmw, Ai, Sales And Marketing

New AI System Makes Dubbing Of Films In Foreign Languages Less Awful

“The process begins with recording an actor speaking the dialog in the required language, as one would in a dubbing process, explains co-founder and filmmaker Scott Mann. The new audio and picture would then be delivered to [the company, called] Flawless, which would effectively use its AI-driven system to create a lip-synced picture.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Media, Scott Mann, 05.03.21

The Rage Fueling The New Campus Novels

A life made, or half-made, under conditions of academic precarity is often a paranoid, anxious, stupefying life—stupefying in part because, in some sense, you chose it. – The Nation
Tags: Art, Words, 05.03.21

The First Opera Written For And Produced In Virtual Reality

“What is most radical about Current, Rising is not the technology but how the creative process has been flipped. Rather than the composer setting the librettist’s words to music and leaving the music to be interpreted by directors, designers and musicians, it was Annette Mees, head of Covent Garden’s Audio Labs, and [the CEO of Figment Productions] who initially developed the idea of a hyperreal opera and only later brought on board creatives.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, 05.04.21, Annette Mees, Figment Productions

What If The Idea Of “The Tragedy Of The Commons” Is All Wrong?

Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom believed so. “While conservation almost always carries at least some short-term costs, researchers have found that many community-based conservation projects reduce those costs and, over time, deliver significant benefits to their human participants, tangible and intangible alike.” – Aeon
Tags: Art, Ideas, Elinor Ostrom, 05.04.21

Celebrity Series of Boston — Community Performances Manager (Neighborhood Arts)

An open part time job in the Community department at Celebrity Series. Founded in 1938, Celebrity Series presents performances by instrumental and vocal soloists, symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, dance companies, jazz and popular music performers, folk and ethnic performance groups, and other performing artists in concert halls and theaters across Boston. The Arts for All! programs engage Boston area performing artists to bring the joy of live performance to people of all ages and abil...
Tags: Art, Jobs, Boston, CS, Cambridge, Back Bay, Arlington Street, Boston Inc, Back Bay The building

How to Pick Environmentally Friendly Houseplants, Because Yours Aren't

When we think about our personal impact on the environment, our first thoughts might be switching to reusable shopping bags or conserving water and electricity. But what about our houseplants? Read more...
Tags: Google, Environment, Lifehacks, Soil, Compost, Interior Design, Earth Sciences, Lowe, Human Interest, Garden Centre, Houseplant, Peat, Matthew Appleby, Academic Disciplines, Harriet Thompson

A Mysterious Group Of Ancient Monuments In Saudi Arabia Older Than The Pyramids

Scattered across 77,000 square miles of desert in northwest Arabia, the mustatils (the name comes from the Arabic word for “rectangle”) were built between 8,500 and 4,800 years ago, during the period known as the Middle Holocene, according to a report published last week in the journal Antiquity. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Saudi Arabia, Visual, 05.04.21, northwest Arabia

New York Times Dance Critic On Writing About People’s Bodies

Gia Kourlas: “Generally, it doesn’t feel fraught, but at the same time I am aware of the sensitivity it takes to write about the body and how easily something could be misconstrued. I don’t want to hurt someone — and that’s not to say that I haven’t — but I try my best not to be cruel. And while I might love the way a dancer’s leg is shaped or the length of an arm, I don’t like to fetishize the body or dancers. To write about them as creatures or objects is really distasteful to me.” – The New ...
Tags: Art, Dance, 05.04.21

Meet The Detective Who’s Recovered Half A Billion Dollars’ Worth of Stolen Art

“[Christopher] Marinello is one of a handful of people who track down stolen masterpieces for a living. Operating in the grey area between wealthy collectors, private investigators, and high-value thieves, he has spent three decades going after lost works by the likes of Warhol, Picasso and Van Gogh.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Visual, Warhol Picasso, 05.05.21, Christopher -RSB- Marinello

UK Threatens To Cut Funds For University-Level Arts Education By 50%

“Under proposals put forward earlier this year by Gavin Williamson, the education secretary, funding from the Office for Students — the independent regulator of higher education — would be cut by half for students of art and design, music, dance, drama and performing arts, media studies and archaeology during the 2021-22 academic year.” – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, UK, Issues, Gavin Williamson, Office for Students, 05.05.21, University Level Arts Education By 50

‘The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains’ coming to Los Angeles

“The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains,” featuring over 350 artifacts collected from the band’s more than 55-year career, is coming to the United States for the first time and taking up residency at the Vogue Multicultural Museum in Los Angeles Aug. 3-Nov. 28. The traveling exhibition, which drew over 400,000 attendees to London’s Victoria and Albert Museum in 2017, serves as a retrospective of the various chapters of Pink Floyd’s career. It includes high-tech audio and visuals, object...
Tags: Art, Music, London, Los Angeles, Sport, Pink Floyd, Things To Do, Soccer, United States, Jennifer Lopez, Harry, Victoria, Richard Wright, Bay Area, San Bernardino, Syd Barrett

UK’s Cinema Chains Are Reopening, Despite Shortage Of New Films To Show

“The UK’s biggest cinema chain, [Odeon,] which is sweetening its £9.99 monthly all-you-watch subscription scheme to get punters back indoors as summer nears, will welcome back film fans to most of the 112 sites it operates across the UK [on 17 May]. … Cineworld and Vue, the second and third biggest UK operators, are also set to reopen their cinemas, as are the Curzon and Everyman chains.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, UK, Media, Curzon, 05.04.21

Britain’s Reopening, But A Quarter Of Its Summer Rock Festivals Are Cancelled. Why? Insurance.

“According to the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF), which has been tracking festivals taking place in Britain this year, 26% of all festivals with a capacity of more than 5,000 people have been cancelled by their organisers. The AIF has projected that more than three-quarters of the remaining festivals could be called off imminently if action regarding cancellation insurance policies of large-scale events is not reviewed.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, Britain, AIF, Association of Independent Festivals AIF, 05.04.21

How France Is Managing Reopening Of Arts Venues

Roselyne Bachelot, the culture minister, has outlined the planned stages of reopening and rules that will be in place beginning May 19: for instance, no food or drink sold inside venues (so there’s no excuse to take off one’s mask). Seating limits will be 35% of capacity until June 9, then 65% until June 30 and 100% thereafter. – Variety
Tags: Art, France, Issues, Roselyne Bachelot, 05.04.21

Clearing the dancefloor: how club culture became a museum piece

In the pandemic, nightclubs have been turned into exhibition spaces, switching the craze for museums evoking clubs. It’s throwing fresh perspective on what dancing is even forThe ttttssshhhhhh of a smoke machine breaks the silence as a red spotlight blinks to life, illuminating social distancing markers on a dancefloor polished smooth by the shuffling of feet. The soundsystem kicks into gear with an anthem by techno star Dave Clarke. But the DJ booth is empty, and the only ravers here are the on...
Tags: Art, Music, Culture, Art and design, Belgium, Dance music, Installation, Exhibitions, Brussels, Dave Clarke, Marolles, Coronavirus

W. Royal Stokes, Washington Post Jazz Critic, Dead At 90

“A onetime professor of classics who became a major presence in jazz as a Washington-based radio disc jockey, journalist and author known for his oral histories of musicians’ lives, … Mr. Stokes was, by his own admission, an accidental jazz critic with no formal musical training. His instrument was the typewriter.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Washington, People, Stokes, 05.04.21, W Royal Stokes Washington Post Jazz

‘We go after them like pitbulls’ – the art detective who hunts stolen Picassos and lost Matisses

Christopher Marinello has spent three decades finding missing masterpieces, recovering half a billion dollars’ worth of art. He talks about threats from mobsters, tricky negotiations – and bungling thievesOne summer morning in 2008, Christopher Marinello was waiting on 72nd Street in Manhattan, New York. The traffic was busy, but after a few minutes he saw what he was waiting for: a gold Mercedes with blacked-out windows drew near. As it pulled up to the kerb, a man in the passenger seat held a ...
Tags: Art, Crime, Life and style, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, Museums, Exhibitions, US crime, The art market, Art Theft, Collecting, Van Gogh, Manhattan New York, Marinello, Paul Delvaux

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