Why We All Need To Pay Attention To How Artificial Intelligence Works

Each link is a small expression of intelligence, and the algorithm, even without users being aware, extracts and accumulates that intelligence in the form of fixed capital. – Nonprofit Quarterly Nonprofit Quarterly
Tags: Art, Issues, 07.15.21

"The restoration work not only reveals the rogue addition of an upturned smile, but also a jarring strip of dirty sky added to make the canvas square rather than rectangular."

From "Restoration work wipes smile off the face of Dutch vegetable seller/Painting reclaims former glory as English Heritage rights the wrongs of 19th-century additions" (The Guardian).What I find so interesting here is not the outrage of painting changes onto a valuable work of art, but that the changes are so discordant. Assuming the changes were done at the same time — and there you see an easy off ramp from the conundrum — I wonder: Who would think both that a resting-bitch-face woman ought ...
Tags: Art, Law, Vegetables, Smiling, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse

Edwin Deakin

At the age of 18, when his family emigrated from England to the United States, Edwin Deakin was already established as a landscape painter. 17 years later, in 1873, he left his adopted home in San Francisco and traveled back across the Atlantic, painting in England, France and Switzerland and exhibiting in the prestigious Paris Salon. He returned to the U.S to acclaim and attention for both his landscapes and his still life paintings — particularly those of grapes, which have a remarkable sen...
Tags: Art, England, California, San Francisco, Atlantic, United States, Paris, Switzerland, Gallery And Museum Art, England France, Edwin Deakin, LA County Museum of Natural History, Edwin Deakin Amazon

Painting Restoration Takes The Smile Off

The restoration work not only reveals the rogue addition of an upturned smile, but also a jarring strip of dirty sky added to make the canvas square rather than rectangular. – The Guardian The Guardian
Tags: Art, Visual, 07.15.21

Hong Kong Book Fair Slims Down With Self-Censorship

This year, far fewer politically sensitive books are on display. Vendors are curating their books carefully to avoid violating the national security law, which Beijing imposed on Hong Kong in June 2020. – The Guardian The Guardian
Tags: Art, Hong Kong, Beijing, Words, 07.15.21

New Study Confirms 1972 MIT Study That Collapse Of Civilization Is Imminent

It concludes that the current business-as-usual trajectory of global civilization is heading toward the terminal decline of economic growth within the coming decade—and at worst, could trigger societal collapse by around 2040. – Vice Vice
Tags: Art, Ideas, 07.15.21

CryptoPunks: pixelated avatars that the wealthy are snapping up for millions of dollars

Image: CryptoPunks / Larva Labs Image: CryptoPunks / Larva Labs Millionaires are clamoring to buy CryptoPunks, the funky digital avatars shaking up the art world. These 10,000 unique characters are worth almost $400 million - the cheapest CryptoPunk costs $37,638. Billionaire Shalom Meckenzie just bought a rare "Covid Alien" avatar for over $11.7 million. See more stories on Insider's business page. These pixelated avatars, known as "CryptoPunks," were first released in 2017 by creator...
Tags: Art, News, Trends, Tech, Features, Hall, Figma, NFT, Sotheby, Matt Hall, Tech Insider, Dylan Field, Cryptocurrecny, John Watkinson, Hannah Towey, CryptoPunk Larva Labs

At Home With The World’s Most Powerful Crossword Editor

“Will Shortz’s stature in the crossword world is difficult to overstate. Observers, like the Kremlinologists of yore, speak of the ‘Shortzian’ and ‘pre-Shortzian’ eras.” (He is also an absolute demon at table tennis.) – The Guardian The Guardian
Tags: Art, People, Will Shortz

For A Culture Of Innovation You Need Arts Spaces

My research findings demonstrate how honing imagination and wonder is essential to creating cultures dedicated to innovative and responsible corporate practices demanded by a growing majority of workers. – The Conversation The Conversation
Tags: Art, Ideas, 07.16.21

“Digital Twinning” Is Revolutionizing How We Solve Problems

The technology, which involves creating a digital clone of a real-world object or system, is revolutionising the fields of healthcare, manufacturing and logistics. It is now having a profound impact on architecture and urbanism too. – Dezeen Dezeen
Tags: Art, Ideas, 07.15.21

“Digital Twining” Is Revolutionizing How We Solve Problems

The technology, which involves creating a digital clone of a real-world object or system, is revolutionising the fields of healthcare, manufacturing and logistics. It is now having a profound impact on architecture and urbanism too. – Dezeen Dezeen
Tags: Art, Ideas, 07.15.21

READ THIS: If you get emails from Making A Mark

I've finally committed to a new email subscription service for Making A Mark - and I've decided to go with Mailer Lite.  What I'd like you to do now - if you are an existing subscriber... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: [email protected] (Making A Mark)]
Tags: Art, Blogging, Art Blog, Making A Mark, Subscription Lists, Mailer Lite, RSS to email subscriptions

One Of History’s Greatest Opera Divas Was Also A Fine Composer

Pauline Viardot played duets with Chopin; thrilled all Europe with her Rossini and Mozart; had George Sand as a friend and Turgenev as a lover. Berlioz and Brahms wrote for her voice. And, as we’re now rediscovering, she composed impressive songs, operettas, and chamber music. – The New York Times The New York Times
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, Mozart, Brahms, Chopin, Rossini, Berlioz, Turgenev, George Sand, Pauline Viardot

Brexit Has Made It A Nightmare For UK Bands To Tour Europe

“This is about whether one of the U.K.’s most successful industries, worth £111 billion a year, is allowed to prosper and contribute hugely to both our cultural and economic wealth, or crash and burn.” – The New York Times The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, UK, 07.16.21

An Arts Center In Bethlehem, Right Next To The Israeli Security Wall

At an old stone mansion built in the 1880s by the town registrar, his descendants operate the Dar Yusuf Nasri Jacir Center for Art and Research, offering visual art, dance, cinema, theater, music and even urban farming workshops to residents of the West Bank. – The New York Times The New York Times
Tags: Art, West Bank, Issues, Bethlehem, Dar Yusuf Nasri Jacir Center for Art and Research

Translating The Vocabulary Of The Online World From English

Speakers of other languages often have to use English for internet-specific terms; for instance, digital rights advocates find that there are no words in many other languages for things like data protection and surveillance. Here one activist writes about why and how she’s working to change that. – The Nation The Nation
Tags: Art, Words

Seriously? Producers Used AI To Fake Anthony Bourdain’s Voice on Documentary

The synthetic voice was created by feeding more than 10 hours of Mr Bourdain’s voice into a machine-learning system. – BBC BBC
Tags: Art, Media, Anthony Bourdain, Bourdain, 07.15.21

Tips for Productive Brainstorming Virtually

Working virtually as a presenter has its pros and cons. It’s nice to be able to bounce ideas off of partners from anywhere. However, brainstorming virtually takes a different skill set. In-person, the conversation seems to flow freely without connection glitches. Creativity is fueled by the physical whiteboard and the crisp smell of an expo marker in the air. But take those things away, and how do you adjust? We’re here to give you some tips and tricks for your next virtual brainstorming session...
Tags: Design, Albert Einstein, Box, Brainstorming, Presentation, Brainstorm, Content Creation, Aaron Levie, Speaking, Don, Presentation Science, Presentation Design, Content Brainstorming, Brainstorm Tips, Brainstorm Tricks, Brainstorming Ideas

Yay! We Can Go To The Movies Again! But What Does That Even Mean Anymore?

As people start returning to cinemas rather than watching feature films on a home screen as their only option, A.O. Scott ruminates on whether the distinctions between movies, television, and streaming video aren’t collapsing for good — and what we may be losing in the process. – The New York Times The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, Audience, Scott

This Former Public Restroom Has Become An Arts Organization

The little building on Chicago’s Logan Square was constructed in 1927 as a comfort station (as the euphemism of the time had it); for many years it was a tool shed. Now it’s home to film screenings, art exhibitions, concerts, and puppet shows. – Yahoo! (Chicago Tribune) Yahoo! (Chicago Tribune)
Tags: Art, Chicago, Issues, Logan Square, Public Restroom Has Become An Arts Organization

High-Tech Analysis Of *Exactly* How Museumgoers Look At Art

At a museum in Bologna, cameras and sensors of the ShareArt system record how many people view particular works, for how long, from how far away, and where exactly they concentrate their gaze. This data could help optimize gallery layout and even the scheduling of exhibits. – Bloomberg CityLab Bloomberg CityLab
Tags: Art, Bologna, Audience, Visual, Bloomberg CityLab Bloomberg

Facebook Wants To Pay Video-Makers. It Could Be A Tough Sell

Many creators — who make and profit off meme-y online content — have already flocked to rival platforms like YouTube and TikTok, which invested in digital tools for influencers far earlier and gave them ways to earn money off their viral videos. – The New York Times The New York Times
Tags: Art, Facebook, Media, Youtube, 07.15.21

Archaeologists Uncover Unknown 4,000-Year-Old City In Iraq

“The discovery was made in the area of Tell al-Duhaila, which is home to more than 1,200 archaeological sites, including the Great Ziggurat of Ur site from the Sumerian era.” – Al-Monitor Al-Monitor
Tags: Art, Iraq, Visual, Duhaila

Oleg Briansky, Who Founded One Of America’s Top Ballet Schools, Dead At 91

After an impressive but short dancing career (he never fully recovered from an early knee injury), he and his wife founded the Briansky Saratoga Ballet Center in upstate New York and developed it into one of the leading summer dance academies in the U.S. – The New York Times The New York Times
Tags: Art, New York, America, People, Oleg Briansky, Briansky Saratoga Ballet Center

San Francisco Symphony CEO To Leave After Four Years

Mark C. Hanson gave no reason for his decision beyond a statement that “with the San Francisco Symphony now back up and performing …, I have decided that this is the right time to pursue my next professional opportunity within a different environment.” – San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle
Tags: Art, Music, San Francisco, San Francisco Symphony, Mark C Hanson

Netflix Is Getting Into Video Games

“The idea is to offer video games on Netflix’s streaming platform within the next year, according to a person familiar with the situation. The games will appear alongside current fare as a new programming genre — similar to what Netflix did with documentaries or stand-up specials.” – Bloomberg Bloomberg
Tags: Art, Media, Netflix

Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji: A Deluxe New Art Book Presents Hokusai’s Masterpiece, Including “The Great Wave Off Kanagawa”

Like most Japanese masters of ukiyo-e woodblock art, Katsushika Hokusai is best known mononymously. But he’s even better known by his work — and by one piece of work in particular, The Great Wave off Kanagawa. Even those who’ve never heard the name Hokusai have seen that print, arresting in its somehow calm turbulence, or at least they’ve seen one of its countless modern parodies and tributes (most recently, a large-scale homage in the medium of LEGO). But when he died in 1849, the prolific a...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Books, College, History, Seoul, Fuji, Mount Fuji, Kanazawa, Taschen, Hokusai, Kanagawa, Katsushika Hokusai, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Andreas Marks

Lear among the spruces

In today’s Wall Street Journal, I review Shakespeare & Company’s new outdoor production of King Lear, with Christopher Lloyd in the title role. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * With live theater productions opening throughout America, I gave much thought to how I would break the 16-month fast from public performance that began for me after I saw Katori Hall’s “The Hot Wing King” off Broadway in March 2021, mere days before the Covid-19 lockdown. I wanted to review a show as special as the occa...
Tags: Art, America, Broadway, Shakespeare, Wall Street Journal, Ajblogs, Lloyd, Lear, Shakespeare Company, Christopher Lloyd, Katori Hall, Nicole Ricciardi, The Hot Wing King

Replay: Peter and Rudolf Serkin play Schubert

Peter and Rudolf Serkin play Schubert’s G Major Marche militaire for piano duet in a 1988 concert telecast. They are introduced by Van Cliburn: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos that appear in this space each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday)
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Peter, Schubert, Marche, Van Cliburn, Rudolf Serkin

Marcus Rashford mural damage ‘not believed to be of racial nature’, say police

Officers investigating damage to Manchester artwork keeping open mind over motiveThe vandalism of a mural of England footballer Marcus Rashford was “not believed to be of a racial nature”, police have said as they appealed for witnesses.The artwork was attacked hours after England’s European Championship final defeat on Sunday as Rashford and fellow players Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, suffered racist abuse on social media. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, England, Police, Race, Football, Sport, UK News, World news, Manchester, Greater Manchester, Football violence, Rashford, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Bukayo Saka

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