How Economics Lost Its Imagination

Here’s the dirty little secret that few of my fellow economics professors will admit: As those “perfect” research papers have grown longer, they have also become less relevant. Fewer people — including academics — read them carefully or are influenced by them when it comes to policy. – Bloomberg
Tags: Art, Ideas, 05.24.21

Hyundai Xcient Fuel Cell HD Truck On Its Way

The Hyundai Xcient is on its way to becoming the first mass-produced hydrogen-powered, heavy-duty truck. Design and performance improvements have made it more competitive with those expected from Mercedes-Benz, Toyota-Hino, and Nikola. “Leveraging more than 20 years of experience in fuel cell technology, Hyundai Motor furthers its vision of an eco-friendly hydrogen society,” said Jaehoon […] The post Hyundai Xcient Fuel Cell HD Truck On Its Way appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Technology, Government, Global, Green, Industry, Infrastructure, Electric Vehicles, Korea, Emerging Markets, Autos, Export, Commercial, Hydrogen, Trucks, Sales And Marketing

What Amazon’s Purchase Of MGM Means For The Streaming Wars

It’s an inevitable progression, and not surprising Amazon would do it first. Unlike Netflix, it has failed to reliably produce original hits. And unlike, say, NBCUniversal, its corporate model isn’t solely entertainment. It’s also a cloud computing company, massive retailer, and grocery store chain, to name a few. It had a net income of more than $21 billion last year alone. It’s easier for Amazon to dig in the couch cushions to buy MGM and its 4,000 movies and 17,000 TV shows than it is for th...
Tags: Amazon, Art, Media, Netflix, MGM, 05.26.21

After 25 Years Leading Cincinnati Ballet, Victoria Morgan To Step Down

As one of the very few women to lead a major ballet company, Morgan championed women choreographers long before the rest of the dance world turned its attention to the lack of equity for women in the field. It has not been unusual for more than half of a season’s offerings to be choreographed by women. – Cincinnati Enquirer
Tags: Art, Dance, Morgan, 05.26.21, Cincinnati Ballet Victoria Morgan

Dozens Of Artists Commemorate Tulsa Race Riot In A City That Used Not to Let It Be Mentioned

“For generations, the worst event in Tulsa history wasn’t spoken about in public,” said Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum in a statement. “Today, artists are helping to educate and inform people all around the world about this tragedy—and by doing so honor the memory of our neighbors who were lost.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Issues, Tulsa, G T Bynum, 05.26.21

Maybe We Shouldn’t Dismiss Magic So Quickly?

“Despite the often blood-soaked history of the use of the term ‘magic’, we must remember that Western history is filled with thinkers who have defended its honour as good natural science – a tried-and-true technology for harnessing interactions between minds and bodies, human and otherwise. And their empirical claims were never tested more than during the centuries of plague.” – Psyche
Tags: Art, Ideas, 05.26.21

It’s The First New Ancient Greek-English Dictionary In 178 Years, And Victorian Euphemisms Are Gone

Having decided that the old reference works, still in use in English schools and universities, were too “antiquated” to work from, the editors of the new Cambridge Greek Lexicon spent 23 years going over virtually every surviving piece of ancient Hellenic writing back to Homer and up to circa 120 AD. “The new dictionary’s editors ‘spare no blushes’, [lead editor James] Diggle said, when it comes to the words that ‘brought a blush to Victorian cheeks’.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Words, 05.27.21, Cambridge Greek Lexicon, James -RSB- Diggle

A Hacked Scan Of An Egyptian Nefertiti Bust Challenges Traditional Models Of Cultural Ownership

Despite the fact that Nefertiti and many other works of African cultural heritage reside within the “white cube” of the museum, the developing digital space for a new version of the museum, known as the “black box,” carries both potential and risk. The idea of a universally accessible, digital museum could challenge traditional models. Conversely, it may allow algorithms and gatekeeping to replicate colonial policies. – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Visual, Nefertiti, 05.24.21

We’ve Had Shakespeare In The Park. Now How About Molière?

“Sitting on a bench in Prospect Park recently as flocks of maskless Brooklynites passed by, Lucie Tiberghien reflected on the long, strange journey toward the first full production of Molière in the Park, the company she conceived to bring free theater with a diverse cast and crew to her home borough. This weekend, after months of delays that radically reshaped her plans, she is on her way to fulfilling that dream, with a staged and costumed reading of Tartuffe.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Prospect Park, Molière, Lucie Tiberghien, 05.26.21

Record Numbers Have Moved Out Of Canada’s Big Cities. Will Artists Return?

“The pandemic has changed the way people think about geography. I think that you can connect with community anywhere, but there’s something to be said about proximity and sharing the same spaces that I’m really missing right now.” – CBC
Tags: Art, Canada, Issues, 05.17.21

30 Years Ago, SoundScan Completely Upended The Pop Music Business

“On May 25, 1991 — 30 years ago Tuesday — Billboard … started counting album sales with scanners and computers and whatnot, and not just calling up record stores one at a time and asking them for their individual counts, often a manual and semi-accurate and flagrantly corrupt process. … Virtually overnight, SoundScan changed the rules on who got to be a mega, mega superstar, and the domino effect — in terms of magazine covers, TV bookings, arena tours, and the other spoils of media attention an...
Tags: Art, Music, Audience, 05.25.21

The Art Of Power Dressing – How Our Wardrobes Came To Define Us

Centuries have gone into the making of these rules and assumptions — and a bit of sleight of hand, as well. Men were not always inclined toward minimalism. For a good portion of human history, they were flamboyant in their dress, prone to peacocking their social rank, financial success and sexual prowess from 100 paces. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Visual, 05.21.21

Hollywood Is Fighting Over Remaking Movies For International Audiences. Why?

“It’s a natural process because every platform has a ceiling. If Netflix has 80 million subscribers in the U.S., they’re done. They can’t grow beyond that. All their growth has to come from international, and local content is the best way to secure that growth.” – Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Netflix, 05.24.21

Lauren Lovette, Retired NY City Ballet Star, Moves Into Her Next Career: Choreography

“For Lovette, becoming a choreographer was something she grew into. ‘When I was 18 and I had just joined the New York City Ballet and the corps, I remember doing a piece next to Justin Peck … and I thought, ‘That’s a choreographer. I’m not. I’ll just stick to dancing. I don’t think I have what it takes.’ And it was my boss. Peter Martins, who ever since that day thought that my piece was really good, even if I didn’t think so. Every year, in passing, he’d say, ‘She’s a choreographer.'” – Los An...
Tags: Art, Dance, New York City Ballet, Lauren Lovette, Lovette, Justin Peck, Peter Martins, 05.21.21

Behold the Astronomicum Caesareum, “Perhaps the Most Beautiful Scientific Book Ever Printed” (1540)

Art, science, and magic seem to have been rarely far apart during the Renaissance, as evidenced by the elaborate 1540 Astronomicum Caesareum — or “Emperor’s Astronomy” — seen here. “The most sumptuous of all Renaissance instructive manuals, ” the Metropolitan Museum of Art notes, the book was created over a period of 8 years by Petrus Apianus, also known as Apian, an astronomy professor at the University of Ingolstadt. Modern-day astronomer Owen Gingerich, professor emeritus at Harvard Universi...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Books, Science, College, Harvard University, Getty, Charles, Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Ferdinand, Lund University, Halley, Josh Jones, Charles V, Durham NC Follow, Gingerich

‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ Author Eric Carle Dead At 91

“Over the course of his career, Carle illustrated more than 70 books for kids. He didn’t get started on that path until he was nearly 40, but he found great inspiration in … insects. Spiders, lady bugs, crickets and of course, that famous caterpillar, all as colorful and friendly as Carle himself.” – NPR
Tags: Art, People, Caterpillar, Carle, Eric Carle, 05.26.21

BBC Proms Will Have Live Audiences (And “Rule, Britannia!”) This Summer

“While a normal season features about 90 concerts over eight weeks, last year just 14 concerts played to an empty Royal Albert Hall. The BBC said the plan this summer was for 52 concerts over six weeks, with audiences. ‘And we pray it will be a full audience,’ said the Proms director, David Pickard.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, Bbc, Royal Albert Hall, 05.27.21

Cool Stuff: Ann Bembi’s Hyper-Detailed ‘Lord of the Rings’ Prints Are Absolutely Gorgeous

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the first chapter of Peter Jackson‘s The Lord of the Rings trilogy coming to theaters and kicking off one of the most spectacular motion picture events of all time. To help celebrate the occasion, artist Ann Bembi has created a batch of beautiful prints for Bottleneck Gallery that showcase some of the characters from across the entire film series. These are hyper-detailed, absolutely stunning pieces of work, and they’re limited edition, so you’ll want to ...
Tags: Art, Movies, Fantasy, Sequels, Hand, New Line, Elijah Wood, Peter Jackson, Ian Mckellen, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Cool Stuff, Gollum, Frodo, Lord-of-the-Rings, The-Lord-of-the-Rings, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Medieval Village In Italy Emerges From Waters That Swallowed It Up 70 Years Ago

“In 1950, the Italian village of Curon was flooded to merge two adjacent lakes and make room for an electric plant. Since then, the only evidence of the town’s existence has been a lone 14th-century church steeple that rises, somewhat hauntingly, from the center of the man-made body of water, Lake Resia. Until recently, that is. The state began to drain the reservoir for repairs on a nearby hydroelectric plant last month, slowly revealing the abandoned town underneath.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Italy, Visual, Curon, 05.25.21, Lake Resia Until

Yeccch! Advertisers Try To Muscle In To Streaming Services

To get more advertisers to move their dollars to streaming, the TV executives are working furiously to gather all the streaming fans for the same advertising experience. It’s not going to be easy. – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, 05.25.21

Carla Fracci, One of 20th Century’s Greatest Ballerinas, Dead At 84

Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, where she was trained and first became famous, “recalled the ‘fairytale rise’ of the daughter of a tram driver who, through ‘talent, obstinance and work became the most famous ballerina in the world, has inspired generations of young people, and not just in the world of dance.'” – Yahoo! (AP)
Tags: Art, Milan, People, Teatro Alla Scala, 05.27.21, Carla Fracci

Germany To Spend Yet More Billions On COVID Relief For The Arts

“The German government on Wednesday unveiled a €2.5 billion ($3 billion) fund to kick-start the country’s pandemic-hit cultural sector. The fund will provide insurance in cases where a spike in coronavirus infections forces events to be canceled or postponed. It will also supplement event ticket sales if audience numbers have to be capped to meet social distancing rules.” – Deutsche Welle
Tags: Art, Germany, Issues, 05.26.21

In France, Some Theaters Can’t Reopen Because Demonstrators Demanding Reopening Won’t Leave

“For the last two months, culture workers in France have been protesting on-site at scores of theaters around the country, demanding they reopen and that staff receive better financial support. But when theaters, museums, and cinemas were finally given go-ahead to open their doors on May 19 after more than six months of lockdown, few protestors cried victory. Instead, many refused to leave the theaters where they have been camping out.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, France, Issues, 05.27.21

Tony Awards Finally Have A Date — And A Much-Altered Telecast

“Three of the 25 competitive awards — best musical, best play and best play revival — will be presented live during a [Sept. 26] television program, broadcast on CBS, that will primarily be a starry concert of theater songs. But the bulk of the awards, honoring performers, writers, directors, choreographers and designers, will be given out just beforehand, during a ceremony that will be shown only on Paramount+, the ViacomCBS subscription streaming service.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Cbs, 05.26.21

Children’s authors on Eric Carle: ‘He created readers as voracious as that caterpillar’

Authors from Julia Donaldson to Cressida Cowell pay tribute to the beloved author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, who has died aged 91The late Eric Carle has been hailed by fellow children’s writers for creating generations of readers as voracious as his best-loved creation, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.Carle, who died on Sunday at the age of 91, left behind titles including his worldwide bestselling board book – about a caterpillar who eats his way through a week’s worth of food before turning i...
Tags: Art, Books, Culture, Illustration, Art and design, Children and teenagers, Julia Donaldson, Picture books, Caterpillar, Eric Carle, Cressida Cowell, Caterpillar Carle

What Makes the Art of Bonsai So Expensive?: $1 Million for a Bonsai Tree, and $32,000 for Bonsai Scissors

During the past year’s stretches of time at home, quite a few of us have attempted to introduce more plant life into our surroundings. By some accounts, indoor gardening ranks among the most cost-effective ways of increasing the quality of one’s domestic life. But those of us who get too deep into it (aggressive pursuit of interests being a known characteristic of Open Culture readers) may find themselves getting more than they bargained for, or at any rate paying more than they intended...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Japan, College, Seoul, Osaka, Yamamoto, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Chieko Yamamoto, Yasuhiro Hiraka, Masakazu Yoshikawa, Hiraka, Bonsai Scissors

Tacita Dean on the pandemic: ‘We had all this free time – and I was useless!’

During lockdown, the artist made this dirty postcard and little else. Now back on track, she talks about her upcoming shows – and feeling baffled by this new ‘we’re all in it together’ Britain“One is such a disappointment to oneself, workwise,” says Tacita Dean, sadly. This seems faintly mad – Dean is one of Britain’s most celebrated artists, her work dealing with the drift of time; the play of chance; the decaying of things. Three years ago, she filled three London institutions – the National G...
Tags: Art, London, Culture, Britain, Art and design, Tacita Dean, Dean, Royal Academy, Hepworth Wakefield, Bodmin Moor, National Gallery the National Portrait Gallery

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