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The Real Problem Of Instagram

The platform’s erasure of certain kinds of work has the net effect of discouraging the making and exhibiting of that work. It erases art that is confrontational, that expresses points of view outside of the mainstream, while promoting art that is decorative and/or unchallenging. – ARTnews
Tags: Art, Visual


What Are The Rules For Politicians Using Music In Their Campaigns?

The campaigns can buy licensing packages from music rights organisations like BMI and ASCAP, that give them legal access to millions of songs. Some, including The Rolling Stones, have opted out of those deals – but many artists are taken by surprise when their music becomes a politician’s theme song. – BBC
Tags: Art, Music, Ascap


One Billion Users: Time To Take TikTok Seriously

It’s not that social-media platforms aren’t newsworthy—Facebook consistently dominates headlines. But TikTok is all too often regarded as an unserious thing to write or read about. That’s a mistake, and it’s one that Congress is making as well. – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Facebook, Media, Congress


Our Complicated Ideas About Work And Identity

Why do we continue to cling so hard to our work-based identities, in spite of an inner nature that tells us not to work so much? – The Nation
Tags: Art, Featured, Ideas


Researchers: Hit Pop Music Increasingly Relies On Harmonic Surprise

The researchers found that the most popular songs had a high level of harmonic surprise, including the use of relatively rare chords in verses, for example, instead of just sticking with, say, a standard C major chord progression (C, G, F). The best songs follow up that harmonic surprise with a catchy common chorus. – Ars Technica
Tags: Art, Music


How COVID Killed Criticism

Pauline Kael would be appalled at the spectacle of film writing nowadays. Journalists meet actors and gasp in awe. The wise editor has given up on demanding hacks ask good questions, and just invites actors to interview other actors. – The Spectator
Tags: Art, Issues, Pauline Kael


Why We’re Fascinated By Low-Stakes Literary Disputes

It happens every few months, somewhere or other, with a reliability approaching a new genre. Someone, usually working for a large media company, devotes considerable resources to excavating an obscure story of relatively low public interest. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Words


Justifying Why Princeton Should Exist

This is the puzzle of Princeton: How can an institution designed to serve the aspirations of an elite few authentically wrestle with issues of inequality and racism in society? – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Featured, Princeton, Issues


How To Explain Trump’s Love Of The Musical “Cats”?

What Trump is soothed by, perhaps, is not the sentimentality of the song alone but a tensile line of steel to which, Betty Buckley thinks, conceivably with undue generosity, he may even be unconsciously sensitive. – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Theatre, Trump, Betty Buckley


How To Survive Being The Subject Of A Documentary

It helps if you’re also the writer-director of the documentary, or the sister or parents of said writer-director. But the intense focus is far from easy. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media


When Facebook Went Down Last Week, News Searches And Traffic Went Way Up

Sure, some of that was people searching for news about Facebook’s outage. However: “For a whopping five-hours-plus, people read news, according to data Chartbeat gave us this week from its thousands of publisher clients across 60 countries.” – Nieman Lab
Tags: Art, Facebook, Featured, Issues, Chartbeat


Conducting Isn’t Easy, And Then You Add In The Dancers

Australia Ballet conductor-in-training Alexander Rodrigues says conducting an orchestra for ballet is a true challenge, thinking about the music’s past, present, and future – “And you’re balancing the music with the dance, the tempos of that.” – Sydney Morning Herald
Tags: Art, Dance, Sydney, Australia Ballet, Alexander Rodrigues


Why Big Movies Don’t Shoot In Washington State

“For better or for worse, film is an incentivized industry. Around 38 states have programs to incentivize film production. We are always at the bottom of that list.” – Seattle Times
Tags: Art, Media, Washington State


Musicians And Venues Struggle To Balance Safety With The Joy Of Finally Having Performances

Rock musician Dave Grohl speaks for pretty much every performer: “You wake up every day, cross your fingers that they’ll open a door, turn on the lights and we’ll have a … show. It’s not guaranteed.” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Music, Dave Grohl


Cuban Artist Tania Bruguera Left The Island In Exchange For The Release Of Political Prisoners

The activist artist says she accepted a position at Harvard after telling the regime, “Look, you want me to leave, well now you have an opportunity. … But I’ll leave on the condition that you release [them], and I handed a list of several people.” – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Harvard, Visual, Tania Bruguera


It’s Time To Start With Oscar Predictions

That seems wild, since this year’s version was recent – and grim. “The Oscars’ class of 2020 included plenty of good films … seen only on small screens, unleashed upon an isolated and atomized populace, in the middle of a brutal pandemic winter.” – Vulture
Tags: Art, Media


The Curator Who Can’t Live Without Sculpture

Claire Lilley, who placed 18 sculptures for the London Frieze Sculpture show this year: “I love how we as humans occupy the same space as sculpture. I’ve seen people press their entire bodies against sculptures and hug them.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, London, Visual, Claire Lilley


An Attempt To Remake The Western, Via Covid Protocols And Great Britain

The Harder They Fall is “righteous and rowdy” – and has a Black British musician director who says that his music and films come from the same place: “When I’m writing and these words are coming out, so are melodies and song and score.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Media, Great Britain


Peter Bunnell, Who Forced The Art World To Take Photography Seriously, 83

“It is a measure of Professor Bunnell’s success that today photography is unquestionably accepted as both a fine art and a discipline worthy of historical scholarship. Things were different in the late 1950s, when he entered college.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Bunnell, Peter Bunnell


Nobel Prizewinner Abdulrazak Gurnah Has Some Strong Words For Europe

Gurnah, who is from Tanzania and lives in Britain, said, “People don’t come with nothing, they come with their youth, their energy, their potential. … Just to stay on the idea ‘they are there, they are coming to steal something of our prosperity’ is inhumane.” – Le Figaro
Tags: Art, Europe, Britain, Tanzania, Words, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Gurnah


Gustav Klimt’s Masterpieces Destroyed During World War II Get Recreated with Artificial Intelligence

A century after the death of Gustav Klimt, his art continues to enrapture its viewers. Maybe it has enraptured you, but no matter how deep you’ve gone into Klimt’s oeuvre, there are three paintings you’ve only ever seen in black and white. That’s not because he painted them in that way; rich and brilliant colors originally figured into all his work, the most notable usage being the real gold layered onto his best-known painting, 1908’s The Kiss. In the year before The Kiss, he completed ...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Technology, College, Vienna, Rembrandt, Seoul, Belvedere, University of Vienna, Great Hall, Gustav Klimt, Klimt, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Facebook Gustav Klimt


A Last Minute Settlement At The Kennedy Center Keeps The Musical Hadestown Afloat

IATSE stagehands at the Kennedy Center voted to strike if a deal couldn’t be reached – but at the last minute, the venue and stagehands hammered out a long-term deal, and Hadestown can go forward. But it was painful for everyone. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Theatre, Kennedy Center, Iatse, Hadestown


What It Takes To Go From Stand-Up Comedian To Media Mini-Mogul

Star power, a lot of hustle, and some luck. Ask Phoebe Robinson: “Her career models have shifted from comics like Wanda Sykes to multihyphenates like Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Reese Witherspoon, People, Mindy Kaling, Phoebe Robinson, Wanda Sykes


The Theatre Performance That Turned Actor Karen Lee Into A Visual Artist

It was a particularly bad evening for the actor who had recently been diagnosed with epilepsy: “I was onstage, and I forgot my lines, I forgot where I was, and I thought, I can’t do this anymore.” – Irish Times
Tags: Art, Visual, Karen Lee


This Netflix Exec Wants British Talent To Come Back To The UK

Fiona Lamptey’s vision: “I really want to bring back our stars, like people that have to leave their home to go make a film that feels aspirational, or ambitious, and that they can get paid for … those projects that kind of feel big for the U.K.” – Variety
Tags: Art, UK, Media, Fiona Lamptey


How Julie Taymor Went From Directing Opera And Off-Broadway To Disney

She was reluctant to do Lion King. “I was interested in the avant-garde. I didn’t have any interest in commercial theatre. I hadn’t even seen the animated cartoon, which surprised [producer] Tom Schumacher.” But then … the animals called. – Irish Times
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, Broadway, Julie Taymor, Tom Schumacher



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