The Perils (And Uneasy Promise) Of Artificial Intelligence

“Some glitches are mild, like an Alexa that randomly giggles (or wakes you in the middle of the night, as happened to one of us), or an iPhone that auto-corrects what was meant as ‘Happy Birthday, dear Theodore’ into ‘Happy Birthday, dead Theodore. But others—like algorithms that promote fake news or bias against job applicants—can be serious problems.” – Commonweal
Tags: Art, Ideas, Alexa, Theodore, 04.05.21

The Museum As Weapon Of War?

The Brutish Museums argues, persuasively, that the corporate-militaristic pillage behind Europe’s “encyclopedic” collections is not a simple matter of possession, but a systematic extension of warfare across time. – The Baffler
Tags: Art, Europe, Visual, 04.22.21

The Hucksterism Of Selling Culture In The 20th Century

Any given work—1984, say, or Bonnie and Clyde—isn’t much of anything until it becomes a counter in other people’s games. How much pure hucksterism is involved on the part of the cultural arbiters, as opposed to astute positioning of worthy work so that it will thrive in the market, can be hard to tell. – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Ideas, Clyde, Bonnie, 05.05.21

The Enduring (And Contemporary) Art Of The Tartan

Far from being a dyed-in-the-wool slice of historic Caledonian kitsch, tartan design is very much alive and well in the 21st Century – as evidenced by the stream of new examples recorded each year at the Scottish Register of Tartans. And the range of inspirations is as diverse as the designs. – BBC
Tags: Art, Visual, 04.26.21

Investors Are Buying Up Vast Catalogues Of Music

Over the last year, dozens of music’s biggest artists have cashed in the rights to their entire catalogues of songs, netting tens or hundred of millions of dollars. This week, the Red Hot Chili Peppers became the latest, landing a reported $140 million US for the publishing rights to every song they’ve ever written. – CBC
Tags: Art, Music, Red Hot Chili Peppers, 05.06.21

Trying Very Hard To Ask Bruce Dern Interview Questions

“‘Wait a minute, let me tell you about this first,” says Bruce Dern, embarking on what I think is his fifth discursive anecdote in six sentences. ‘Did you ever see Once Upon a Time in Hollywood? Do you remember when Brad Pitt comes in and tries to wake me up?’ he asks. … ‘So I wake up eventually and start talking. But Brad laughs, which he’s not supposed to do, and Quentin [Tarantino] yells: ‘Cut!’ and says to Brad: ‘What are you doing?’ Brad says: ‘He’s not sticking to the script!’ And Quentin...
Tags: Art, Hollywood, People, Brad Pitt, Brad, Quentin, Bruce Dern, Quentin -LSB- Tarantino, 05.04.21

Disinfectant Theatre: CDC Says Super-cleaning Surfaces Isn’t Necessary. Theatres Are Doing It Anyway

This aspect of theater hygiene has turned out to be little more than — well — hygiene theater. Experts have been saying since last year that the risk of surface transmission was tiny, and in April the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pegged the risk at just 1 in 10,000. – Variety
Tags: Art, Cdc, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Issues, 05.04.21

The Diversity of Performing Arts Audiences: Weighing Organizational Factors and Business Decisions

The pursuit of audiences and artists who come from, and speak for, various subgroups can enrich any shared arts experience aesthetically, emotionally, and socially. Longer term, it can translate to broader support and buy-in for arts organizations — in short, to more staying power. Still, it’s not always clear which business decisions can drive this objective. Re-enter SMU DataArts. – Sunil Iyengar
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, SMU, 05.06.21

A New York City Ballet Principal Writes About Returning To The Studio

Russell Janzen: “This [2’11” segment] is the longest I have danced with someone else in quite some time, and after running it in this first rehearsal I am winded. … [I’m] happy we’re back but disappointed by how impersonal it feels to dance masked. I had been anticipating that the return to this work would be emotional, precious, but with the quick clip of the excerpt we are dancing, and the fact of our masks, it feels unfamiliar, almost like we’re dancing next to each other but not with each o...
Tags: Art, Dance, New York City Ballet, Russell Janzen, 05.05.21

Power Of The Press? From Op-Ed To Federal Writers Project Bill In Congress

Like his forebears under Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration, David Kipen rolled up his sleeves and went to work. He started writing letters to lawmakers calling for a revamped program for the COVID-19 era, and last May he wrote a piece for The Times examining that possibility. The article, headlined “85 years ago, FDR saved American writers. Could it ever happen again?,” piqued the attention of Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance). Last summer, the congressman’s office began drafting a...
Tags: Art, Congress, Words, Times, Fdr, Franklin D Roosevelt, Ted Lieu D Torrance, David Kipen, 05.06.21

The Heated Battle Over ‘Hooked On Phonics’ (Yes, There Was One)

“As strangely ho-hum as Hooked on Phonics feels now, it was once a juggernaut in the educational space, selling hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of units each year. It promised something that seemed a little stunning to parents — the idea that, with a home program, students could learn how to read basically on their own by following a simple program. … Hooked on Phonics seemed like it had the golden seal of educational approval. There was just one problem. It didn’t, really. Much the oppo...
Tags: Art, Words, 05.05.21

UK Will Fast-Track Visas For Anyone Who’s Won An Oscar, Grammy, Golden Globe Etc.

The U.K. Home Office revealed on Wednesday that people who have won any of these awards will be able to skip the endorsements previously required as part of the Global Talent visa category — available to anyone in the fields of academia or research, arts and culture or digital technology — from Wednesday, May 5. – Variety
Tags: Art, UK, Issues, U K Home Office, 05.05.21, Oscar Grammy Golden Globe Etc

Getting Students To Seriously Wrestle With Cancel Culture And ‘Loving The Art But Hating The Artist’

“For 20 years now, … [since] Harvey Weinstein was still feared, Kanye West was still about the music, and museums exhibited portfolios of amoral behavior with impunity, [Eileen] Favorite has toiled in the cancel culture. … Since 2001, [the] Chicago-based novelist and literature professor has taught a class at [the School of the Art Institute of Chicago] titled ‘Love the Art, Hate the Artist.’ The university describes it as a course on the recurring question: ‘How do the biographical details of ...
Tags: Art, Chicago, Kanye West, Harvey Weinstein, Issues, Eileen, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 05.05.21

Whoosh — Chicago Arts Scramble To Get Back In The Game

The city had most all of its nonprofit arts constituencies in line like eager petitioners: as soon as the mayor spoke, they hit “send” on their summer news releases. And let’s not forget the suburbs. Ravinia is returning, too! If you run an arts organization, you’re now worried about being lost in the shuffle. – Chicago Tribune (Yahoo!)
Tags: Art, Chicago, Issues, Chicago Tribune, Ravinia, 05.05.21

Star Wars Secrecy Caused Michael B. Jordan to Bomb His Force Awakens Audition

Lucasfilm values its secrecy. It’s so worried about and vigilant against leaks about their upcoming Star Wars projects, they keep scripts locked away until actors come to them to audition, and lock them back up when the actors leave. It’s a process that gives actors virtually no time to prepare—which is a huge problem…Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Casting, Films, Theatre, Performing Arts, Lucasfilm, Star Wars The Force Awakens, Pilot, Michael B Jordan, Poe Dameron, Pinewood Studios, Audition, Friday Night Lights, Imax Films, Creative Works

Book Of Antoine De Saint-Exupéry’s Love Letters Marks End Of 18-Year Legal Battle Between His Heirs

The letters were between the French author of The Little Prince and his wife, a Salvadoran artist of whom his family sternly disapproved. The lengthy lawsuits were between his relatives and her heirs over rights to previous books about the couple’s courtship and marriage. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, People, Words, Antoine de Saint Exupéry, 05.05.21

Did Kim Kardashian Traffic A Looted Antiquity?

According to a newly filed lawsuit, in 2016, U.S. Customs seized a fragment of an ancient Roman statue that it believed had been stolen from Italy and illegally sold. The seller was a Brussels gallery; the buyer, “Kim Kardashian dba Noel Roberts Trust.” – ARTnews
Tags: Art, Kim Kardashian, Italy, Brussels, Visual, U S Customs, Noel Roberts, 05.04.21

The Ideal City.

That's "The Ideal City" by Fra Carnevale, c. 1480–1484. This post was created to front-page something that appeared after the fold on another post today, so if you care about context, read through to the "FROM THE EMAIL" section of the post that went up at 7:09 a.m.I like it out of context too. The image itself seems out of context — idealized. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Art, Law, Architecture, Context, Ann Althouse, Fra Carnevale

Daniel Libeskind To Redesign Pittsburgh’s Tree Of Life Synagogue, Site Of 2018 Shooting

“Libeskind, who designed the Jewish Museum in Berlin and the National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa, has experience responding to traumatic events through architecture. He also served as masterplan architect at New York’s World Trade Center site as the city looked to rebuild following 9/11.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Berlin, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, Visual, Daniel Libeskind, Libeskind, New York s World Trade Center, 05.05.21

The Science Of Victimhood?

A study identifies a negative personality trait they call TIV or Tendency toward Interpersonal Victimhood. People who score high on a TIV test have an “enduring feeling that the self is a victim in different kinds of interpersonal relationships,” they write. – Nautilus
Tags: Art, Ideas, 05.05.21

Why Broadway Isn’t Restarting Until September

“With as many as eight shows a week to fill, and the tourists who make up an important part of their customer base yet to return, producers need time to advertise and market. They need to reassemble and rehearse casts who have been out of work for more than a year. And they need to sort out and negotiate safety protocols. But the biggest reason is more gut-based.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Audience, 05.04.21

Britain’s NHS Tries Prescribing Song Playlists To Alzheimer’s Patients

“A test among people with dementia found an algorithm that ‘prescribes’ songs based on listeners’ personal backgrounds and tastes resulted in reductions in heart rate of up to 22%, lowering agitation and distress in some cases. … The technology operates as a musical ‘drip’, playing songs to patients and monitoring their heart rates as they listen.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, Britain, NHS, 05.05.21

‘Sesame Street’ Was A Radical Experiment

“It’s easy to forget now, given the show’s 52-year ubiquity, that the original program was a shot in the dark – the first show aimed explicitly at childhood education, a combustible attempt to meld learning fundamentals with jingly bits and skits kids enjoyed to watch. … [It] became the longest-running, and arguably most recognizable children’s program in the country, with international co-productions assisted by the Sesame Workshop in 170 more.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Media, Sesame Workshop, 05.05.21

Austin’s Arts Funding Down By A Staggering 93%

“Money for Austin’s municipal arts funding comes from the Hotel Occupancy Tax of which the arts receive 15% of the city’s allocation. Funding levels are set according to tax revenues from the previous fiscal year.” The pandemic wiped out revenue from that tax, so arts funding for the coming fiscal year is projected to be only $1 million, down from $13 million in FY2019. – Sightlines (Austin)
Tags: Art, Austin, Issues, 04.30.21

Beautiful 19th-Century Indian Drawings Show Hatha Yoga Poses Before They Reached the West

Yoga as an athletic series of postures for physical health came into being only about 100 years ago, part of a wave of gymnastics and calisthenics that spread around the Western world in the 1920s and made its way to India, combining with classical Indian spirituality and asanas, a word which translates to “seat.”  Yoga, of course, had existed as a classical spiritual discipline in India for thousands of years. (The word is first found in the Rig Veda), but it had little to do with fitness, as ...
Tags: Health, Art, Facebook, Books, College, India, Religion, West, Pali, East, Henry David Thoreau, Swami Vivekananda, Singleton, Public Domain Review, Feuerstein, Mark Singleton

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