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Ontario University Brings Back The Organ

“It’s a bit of a hipster thing, the organ in its day was the technological marvel that the computer is today, and there’s a fascination with old things.” – CBC
Tags: Art, Music, Ontario University


What’s Happened To Books In The Digital Age

“So what happens when the oldest of our media industries collides with the great technological revolution of our time?” – Los Angeles Review of Books
Tags: Art, Words


“Culture Wars” Are The Wrong Frame For Where We Are Now

Conventional wisdom has it that cultural divisions now matter most, and that plenty of people feel they have nothing in common with liberal, supposedly “globalist” elites. Yet that idea is far from the truth. – New Statesman
Tags: Art, Ideas


Guajira: Flamenco by Behnaz Khushrokhan

Ole! Flamenco was founded by Behnaz Khusrokhan Bhandare. Behnaz started dancing at the age of 4 at the School of Classical Ballet and Western dance in Mumbai. She has a Bachelors in Dance from Denison University, USA. Post college she moved to New York, where she danced with various dance companies including World Dance Fusion Company, Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, Mezclado and Camara Modern dance Companies as well as the Surati Classical Indian and folk dance company. She also spent a year i...
Tags: Art, New York, Life, Mumbai, Anchorage Alaska, Sevilla Spain, Guajira, School of Classical Ballet, Behnaz Khushrokhan, Behnaz Khusrokhan Bhandare Behnaz, Denison University USA Post, Christina Heeren Foundation She, Mumbai New York Seville Washington DC


Taliban Destroys Musical Instruments At National Institute

Amid Taliban rule, shocking visuals have been reported from Kabul’s National Music Institute as the Taliban has reportedly destroyed musical instruments including piano and drum set. – RepublicWorld (India)
Tags: Art, Music, Taliban, Kabul, National Music Institute


Swiss Bank Suspends Ai Wei Wei Account

“The bank informed me that it was terminating my account in Switzerland. They did this, they wrote, in accordance with a new policy of closing all accounts with people who have had criminal records. – BBC
Tags: Art, People, Switzerland


Broadway’s Costume Shops Rush To Prepare For Reopening Nights

“As Broadway rolls out its return, costumers are again busy with the meticulous, mess-making handiwork that makes the industry sparkle onstage. … ‘When you need a costume for Hamilton, … you can’t just buy it from the 18th-century clothing shop down the street.'” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Broadway, Hamilton


How “The Wire” Changed Television Viewing

Unlike the then-popular CSI-style investigative American cop show, The Wire embraces the cold-hearted nature of ancient Greek tragedy. – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Media


The Awesome Power Of TikTok To Sell Backlist Books

“A large community of TikTok users have carved out a corner called ‘BookTok’. BookTok influencers are predominantly teenagers and young women, … (and) when a book catches on among users (a common hashtag on BookTok videos is #TikTokMade­Me­ReadIt), the real-world results can be impressive.” – Publishers Weekly
Tags: Art, Words, Audience


Why A Women’s Prize For Fiction?

Ever since the prize was first mooted in the early 1990s, many have wondered whether the prize is necessary, patronising, or even fair. A common position amongst its detractors is that the prize is sexist and discriminatory. – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Words


The State of Creative Automation

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” Pablo Picasso Like many other parts of our life and work, creativity, the ability to invent or design something new from scratch, might seem like it’s the last safe harbour from automation/machines. But with new advances in AI, creativity is now being transformed by technology and offered as a service to consumers and companies. Creative automation is the ability to generate original, high quality content (text, vi...
Tags: Startups, UK, Shutterstock, Design, Microsoft, Stanford, Trends, EA, Brooklyn, Gartner, Sony, Nvidia, Ai, Voice, Val Kilmer, Jarvis


Making Sound Art From The Bells Of Notre-Dame De Paris

“Artist Bill Fontana is currently working to record the sounds that the (cathedral) ‘hears’ through its ten monumental bells, with plans to livestream the audio at IRCAM in Paris next year, and hopefully at museums and cultural sites around the world in the future.” – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Music, Paris, Ircam, Bells Of Notre Dame De Paris, Bill Fontana


Ten Years After The Self-Published “Fifty Shades Of Gray,” Self-Publishing Has Evolved

The phenomenon of self-publishing is often linked to online book production methods. However, there is a much richer history of self-publishing that goes further back than its digital counterpart. – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Words, Audience


Dreams Bound to Turn Real Making a Chapbook of Poems and Drawings

A high-speed glance at the dummy shows the pages in sequence. Pages 4 and 5 on Barcham Green paper ready for sewn binding. Cold Turkey Press, 2021.
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Barcham Green


A Plan (And A Bill) To Create A New Federal Writers Project And Hire 900 Writers

A reborn FWP might enable us to confront five of the more pressing problems afflicting America today, a quintet we might think of as The Five Nobodies. – USA Today
Tags: Art, America, Words


Adult Swim At 20: How The Cartoon Network’s Cheapo Experiment Made Good

“By all accounts, it was a minor miracle that Adult Swim ever made it off the drawing board. … It seems right that one of modern TV’s most consistent generators of bizarro humor — and cult followings — had origins that were, themselves, pretty freewheeling.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media


The Motion Picture Academy’s Museum Is Opening Way Past Schedule — Thank Goodness

“After spending more time in development hell than any other project in Hollywood, the museum was plagued by more production and budgetary setbacks than Apocalypse Now.” Yet, argues Mary McNamara, the delays have allowed the museum to offer things it couldn’t have otherwise. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Motion Picture Academy, Mary McNamara


The Motion Picture Academy’s Museum Is Opening Way Past Schedule — Thanks Goodness

“After spending more time in development hell than any other project in Hollywood, the museum was plagued by more production and budgetary setbacks than Apocalypse Now.” Yet, argues Mary McNamara, the delays have allowed the museum to offer things it couldn’t have otherwise. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Motion Picture Academy, Mary McNamara


Ancient Chinese Heritage Sites In Henan Imperiled By This Summer’s Floods

The province has five UNESCO World Heritage sites and 420 sites with national heritage status. Record rain in July led to floods that killed more than 300 people and caused $18 billion in damage — including to ancient monuments and active archaeological sites. – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Unesco World Heritage, Visual, Henan


This Woman Dancing In A Park Is The Actual Poster Girl For NYC’s Reopening — But The NYPD Tried To Shut Her Down

The City Hall commissioned poster, captioned “NO STOPPING NEW YORK,” shows Kanami Kusajima dancing in Washington Square Park. But she uses a small speaker, and since this summer’s battles over loud partying there, the cops have been after her for using amplified music. – Curbed
Tags: Art, New York, NYC, Dance, Washington Square Park, Kanami Kusajima


San Francisco To Get Its Own Institute Of Contemporary Art

Ali Gass, formerly the head of the ICA San Jose and the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago, has raised $2.5 million to start a new institution called the Institute of Contemporary Art San Francisco. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, San Francisco, University Of Chicago, Visual, Smart Museum of Art, Ali Gass, ICA San Jose


From edible algae packaging to olive pit bioplastic, here's how 7 startups are fighting plastic pollution

Notpla is also working on algae packaging to replace cardboard boxes, which they're already testing in London with Just Eat. Getty Images It's estimated that by 2040, 1.3 billion tons of plastic will flood the Earth's oceans and land. Among the main culprits in plastic garbage are single-use plastics like bottles and wrappers. Here are seven biodegradable, compostable, and edible packaging solutions companies have designed. See more stories on Insider's business page. Singl...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Design, London, Enterprise, Life, Environment, International, Trends, Strategy, Tech, Investing, Markets, Sustainability, Spain


Pianist Maria João Pires Injured In Fall

The 77-year-old was to perform on Sunday at the Riga Jurmala Festival, but she tripped and fell in the street, injuring her shoulder. After a day’s hospitalization in the Latvian capital, she was discharged and has returned to Portugal to recuperate. (in Spanish) – Scherzo (Spain)
Tags: Art, Music, Portugal, Maria João Pires, Riga Jurmala Festival


Chinese Communist Party Warns Celebrities About Moral Behavior

At a meeting in Beijing titled “Love the party, love the country, advocate morality and art,” officials told entertainment and media figures that they must “consciously abandon vulgar and kitsch inferior tastes, and consciously oppose the decadent ideas of money worship, hedonism, and extreme individualism.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Beijing, Issues


Richard Wagner’s Great-Granddaughter, Eva Wagner-Pasquier, In Coma Following Near-Drowning

The 76-year-old former administrator, who worked at (among others) Covent Garden, the Paris Opera and the Met and was co-director at Bayreuth 2008-2015, was pulled “lifeless” from the Isar River near her home in Munich on Sunday. (in French) – Forumopera
Tags: Art, People, Munich, Covent Garden, Richard Wagner, Paris Opera, Bayreuth, Isar River


Houston Ballet’s Resident Choreographer Departing After Three Decades

After more than 30 years as Resident or Associate Choreographer with the Houston Ballet,” said Christopher Bruce in a statement, “both the company and I feel … it would be appropriate for me to step aside in order to allow another choreographer (an) opportunity.” – Houston Chronicle
Tags: Art, Dance, Houston Ballet, Christopher Bruce


Awesome old footage of Mark Pauline blowing stuff up in a San Francisco parking lot

In 1981, Performance artist, inventor, and founder of Survival Research LaboratoriesMark Pauline went live on the television show SFO to blow stuff up. An intrigued yet nervous crowd gathered around as Pauline and SRL fired explosives at a giant drawing of a head, on a board. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, News, San Francisco, Explosions, Pauline, Mark Pauline, LaboratoriesMark Pauline


Snapshot: an interview with Helen Frankenthaler

Helen Frankenthaler is interviewed by Eugenia Zukerman on CBS Sunday Morning in 1984: (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, Cbs, Ajblogs, Helen Frankenthaler, Eugenia Zukerman


Awsome old footage of Mark Pauline blowing stuff up in a San Francisco parking lot

In 1981, Performance artist, inventor, and founder of Survival Research LaboratoriesMark Pauline went live on the television show SFO to blow stuff up. An intrigued yet nervous crowd gathered around as Pauline and SRL fired explosives at a giant drawing of a head, on a board. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, News, San Francisco, Explosions, Pauline, Mark Pauline, LaboratoriesMark Pauline


A Restored Vermeer Painting Reveals a Portrait of a Cupid Hidden for Over 350 Years

Botched art restorations make good headlines, but rarely are we asked to consider if a posthumous change to a great master’s work represents an improvement. And yet, when images of a restored Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window by Jan Vermeer circulated recently, the world had the chance to compare the restored original painting, at the left, with an unknown painter’s revision, long thought to be Vermeer’s work. (Click here to view the paintings side by side in a larger format.) Several peo...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, College, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Delft, Vermeer, Josh Jones, Durham NC Follow, Jan Vermeer, My Modern Met, The National Gallery, Complete Works of Vermeer, Stephan Koja



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