Should Humans Have Empathy For AI Machines?

Empathy, of course, is a two-way street, and we humans don’t exhibit a whole lot more of it for bots than bots do for us. Numerous studies have found that when people are placed in a situation where they can cooperate with a benevolent A.I., they are less likely to do so than if the bot were an actual person. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Ideas, 6.05.21

How Toronto’s Royal Conservatory Of Music Survived The Shutdown

With now over 60,000 students having taken online practical and theoretical exams, it became a sink-or-swim moment testing RCM’s ability to keep anxious students engaged and motivated. –Ludwig Van
Tags: Art, Music, Toronto, RCM, 06.08.21

Beating The Pandemic: Science Sure, But The Arts Had A Big Role

Provincial governments and public-health authorities have, understandably, been focused on science getting us out of this – but, less understandably, they’ve neglected allowing (never mind encouraging) artists to explore the possibilities of how outside-the-box creativity could make this pandemic (or future ones) less isolating and more livable. – The Globe and Mail (Canada)
Tags: Art, Globe, Issues, 06.09.21

UK Politicians Are Increasingly Fighting The Culture Wars

As in the US, UK politicians are wading in to debates about statues, history, and the culture that defines the country. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, UK, Issues, US UK, 06.09.21

How You Perform A 75-Minute Score In Complete Darkness

Percussionist Sam Wilson of Riot Ensemble writes about Georg Friedrich Haas’s Solstices, in which he has the hardest job: “A pianist can feel where their keys are even if the music is extremely complex; a violinist has a constant physical connection with their instrument; a trumpet player always knows where the valves are. For me, holding up four sticks to hit a vibraphone in the dark was a challenge. … This required some serious focus and some particularly motivational pep talks into the mirro...
Tags: Art, Music, Haas, Sam Wilson, Georg Friedrich Haas, 06.09.21

Science Has The Final Word. But Is That Too Confining?

“In the prevailing scientific worldview, counterfactual properties of physical systems are unfairly regarded as second-class citizens, or even excluded altogether. Why? It is because of a deep misconception, which, paradoxically, originated within my own field, theoretical physics. The misconception is that once you have specified everything that exists in the physical world and what happens to it—all the actual stuff—then you have explained everything that can be explained. Does that sound ind...
Tags: Art, Ideas, 06.09.21

From “Cole Toll” to Turnpike Toll: Newark’s “Arch of Nero” Relocates 87 Miles South to Philly

I hope that officials of the Newark Museum of Art felt at least a twinge of seller’s remorse (if not a rush of shame) after reading the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s lavish praise of the painting that Linda Harrison, Newark’s director, had deemed expendable. – Lee Rosenbaum
Tags: Art, Newark, Ajblogs, Philly, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Newark Museum of Art, 06.10.21, Linda Harrison Newark

Sampling Beats and Youth Research Participants – in Real Time

In research terms, a convenience sample is a group of folks who feature in a study because — well, they happened to be there. And yet, under the right conditions — especially in program design and development — access to study subjects “in the right place at the right time” can prove extraordinarily helpful. Also, let’s face it: COVID-19 has upended our notions of “convenience” altogether. Amid these challenges, YR Media has made admirable progress. – Sunil Iyengar
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, COVID, 06.10.21, Youth Research Participants

The Truck Is One Of India’s Great Art Media

“Most drivers are on the road for weeks, sometimes months at a stretch, living a nomadic life and often sleeping and eating in their vehicles. Their trucks become their travel companions and their homes, and the drivers go to great lengths to beautify them. … Hand-painted symbols, elaborate patterns, and quirky slogans with bold typography coalesce into vibrant, idiosyncratic artworks. … Highways transform into runways for chunky vehicles drenched in hues of tangerine, canary, plum, and jade gr...
Tags: Art, India, Visual, 06.02.21

Federal “Save Our Stages” Aid Is Tied Up And Not Getting To The Arts

This stunning state of affairs stands in bold contrast to the initial PPP and the more recent restaurant relief funds, which were on their way to businesses within days. – Variety
Tags: Art, PPP, Issues, 06.09.21

Federal “Save Out Stages” Aid Is Tied Up And Not Getting To The Arts

This stunning state of affairs stands in bold contrast to the initial PPP and the more recent restaurant relief funds, which were on their way to businesses within days. – Variety
Tags: Art, PPP, Issues, 06.09.21

Abu Dhabi, Hoping To Become Cultural Tourism Destination, Pumps More Billions Into Arts

The capital of the United Arab Emirates, whose government wants to diversify its economy away from oil and catch up with Dubai as the UAE’s major draw for foreign visitors, is adding $6 billion over five years to its budget for the cultural sector. While some of the funding will support media, music, and cultural heritage, much of it will go toward completing the museums — most notably, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, with a building designed by Frank Gehry — that will join the now-open Louvre Abu Dh...
Tags: Art, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Frank Gehry, Uae, Issues, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Louvre Abu Dhabi, 06.08.21

The Art Napoleon Stole (And How It Informs Restitution)

“He brought back enough loot from his conquests to fill what would soon become the Louvre Museum. And his ravenous and methodical art seizures — a cultural legacy now being highlighted in 200th-anniversary commemorations of his death — paved the way for similar French excesses in sub-Saharan Africa a century later. Yet many of those works were returned after Napoleon’s defeat, setting precedents that still inform debates about restitution.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Napoleon, Visual, Saharan Africa, 06.09.21

The New King Of The Hollywood Musicals

Making Crazy Rich Asians and In the Heights helped Chu figure out what he’s trying to say with his films. Through them, he’s arguing for telling fresh stories via beloved, old-school Hollywood styles. But he also wants to do more than entertain; he wants to help audiences reflect on their own connections to what’s happening on screen. – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Chu, 06.08.21

Stuart Silver, Museum Designer Who Pioneered Blockbuster Shows, Dead At 84

“As the inventive design director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art [under director Thomas Hoving] in the 1960s and ’70s, [he] turned the presentation of art into a gasp-inducing genre of theater” — most famously in the Treasures of Tutankhamun exhibition of 1978-79 — “giving the staid institution mass appeal and inspiring widespread changes in the style and spirit of museum exhibitions.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Thomas Hoving, 06.09.21

Everyone hates the Yugo, except these people who love it

Shortly after the Yugo was introduced in 1985 by then-Yugoslav corporation Zastava Automobiles, it became the most hated car in history. Consumer Reports thrashed the vehicle, writing that the engine "struggled and strained to climb highway grades in high gear," the upholstery was "cloth that resembles towel material," and "our 0-60 mph run took 18.5 seconds." — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Design, News, Cars, Automobiles, Zastava, Yugo

Ethan Hawke Explains How to Give Yourself Permission to Be Creative

The most creative people, you’ll notice, throw themselves into what they do with absurd, even reckless abandon. They commit, no matter their doubts about their talents, education, finances, etc. They have to. They are generally fighting not only their own misgivings, but also those of friends, family, critics, financiers, and landlords. Artists who work to realize their own vision, rather than someone else’s, face a witheringly high probability of failure, or the kind of success that com...
Tags: Art, Facebook, New York, College, Poetry, America, Creativity, Ethan Hawke, David Lynch, Ginsberg, Hawke, Buckley, William F Buckley, Josh Jones, Krishna, Allen Ginsberg

Princeton’s Classics Department Dropping The Latin And Greek Requirement May Not Be A Disaster After All

Graeme Wood, who studied both languages himself, talked with a Princeton professor (who did not wish to be named) who says that the department expects no drop in the actual number of students who study Latin and Greek — but that there may be majors who don’t need to learn the languages, just as not all English majors need to learn Anglo-Saxon. – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Words, Princeton, Graeme Wood, 06.09.21

Choreographing The Social Distancing At Dance Parties

“SOCIAL! the social distance dance club advertised a COVID-conscious rave [in Manhattan] this spring, where people were free to let loose together in the Park Avenue Armory’s Drill Hall. David Byrne MC’d the evening’s festivities, but the real dance happened before the party. The choreography was as follows.” – The Brooklyn Rail
Tags: Art, Dance, Manhattan, 06.21, David Byrne MC

King Philip II’s Raphael Tapestries Are In Danger — From Pigeons

“The exquisite set of Raphael tapestries currently on display in the grand gallery of Madrid’s royal palace has survived five tumultuous centuries of wars, rebellions, bombs, bullets and fire – only to find itself menaced by the more quotidian threat of opportunistic pigeons and their droppings. … The [summertime] need to ventilate the gallery, which gives on to the palace grounds, means opening the windows to both fresh air and pigeons.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Madrid, Visual, Philip II, 06.08.21

G7 leaders depicted in Mount Recyclemore e-waste sculpture

Cornwall art installation created from 20,000 pieces of discarded tech highlights growing threat it poses to environmentThe seven giant faces loom above the dunes, gazing sombrely over swathes of bright sea thrift towards the ocean.Even before the G7 had sat down to begin their Cornish summit, Mount Recyclemore, a sculpture made of discarded electronic waste depicting the visages of the seven leaders, looks bound to be one of the stars of the show. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Climate Change, Environment, UK News, Art and design, Cornwall, G7, Mount Recyclemore

Film Festivals Crank Up As The Movie Business Hangs In Balance

With Cannes on the verge of reigniting international festival activity and Telluride keen on reclaiming the Oscar influencer throne, festivals are mobilizing to become the frontlines for an industry that must assess an uncertain future. – IndieWire
Tags: Art, Media, Cannes, Telluride, 06.08.21

After Four Centuries, Oxford University Press Is Shutting Down Its Printing Business

“Oxford University’s right to print books was first recognised in 1586, in a decree from the Star Chamber. But the centuries-old printing history of Oxford University Press will end this summer, after the publishing house announced the last vestige of its printing arm was closing. The closure of Oxuniprint, which will take place on 27 August subject to consultation with employees, will result in the loss of 20 jobs.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Words, Oxford University, Oxford University Press, 06.09.21

2,000-Year-Old Roman Building Discovered On Israeli Coast

“Located just a few meters from the seashore [in Ashkelon], the structure, a public building” — known then as a basilica (not to be confused with the later, Roman Catholic use of the term) — “was divided into three sections: a main hall and two side parts. According to the archaeologists, the main hall was surrounded by massive marble columns as high as 13 m. and ornate with elaborated capitals, featuring plant motifs and in some instances an eagle, a Roman symbol.” – The Jerusalem Post
Tags: Art, Visual, Ashkelon, 05.31.21

Performance Venues Are COVID-Safe At Full Capacity If Audience Wears Masks: Study

“According to the results, the wearing of masks cuts the spread of aerosol droplets by 99 per cent, with those transmitted also travelling much more slowly. Professor of biophotonics at [University College London], Laurence Lovat, says: ‘Andrew Lloyd Webber is right. If theatre-goers wear appropriate masks and follow other rules already in place, theatres become safe places to go to.'” – WhatsOnStage (London)
Tags: Art, London, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Issues, Audience, University College, 06.10.21, Laurence Lovat

In Vegas, The Shows Are Coming Back. Will The Tourists Come To See Them?

“The change since last spring, as measured by the return of surging morning-to-midnight crowds, is head-snapping. While just 106,900 tourists visited Las Vegas in April 2020, according to the Convention and Visitors Authority, some 2.6 million people visited this April — a big rebound, but still almost a million shy of what the city was attracting before the pandemic.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Las Vegas, Audience, 06.10.21, Convention and Visitors Authority

How Social Media Is Changing Lit

Complaining about other, more successful writers is one of the most popular activities on Twitter, as is devising elaborately exacting standards of correct speech and vigorously, if informally, prosecuting those who violate them. – Slate
Tags: Art, Words, 06.08.21

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