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Yale Students Ask, ‘You Want To Do What With Our Library Books?!’

This happened: “At a forum in January, Yale’s top librarian outlined a seemingly uncontroversial proposal: to relocate tens of thousands of books from the heart of the undergraduate library to make space for additional seating.” And then this happened: “Nearly 1,000 students signed up on social media to participate in a ‘browse-in,’ vowing to check out everything from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar to Dr. Seuss’s The Sneetches to show university administrators that young people still value the pri...
Tags: Art, Yale, Words, Shakespeare, Audience, Julius Caesar, Seuss, 04.21.19

Concert Films Are Big Again, But Why?

Follow the money: “The resurgence of interest in concert films has been fuelled – in part – by streaming services’ need for content without the financial burden of drama.” The stars like the control they have over their images, too. – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Music, Audience, 04.19.19

Pop-Up Theatre Can Change Lives

When Fiona Shaw decided to perform excerpts from T.S. Eliot’s “The Wasteland” in (and near) an empty fountain in Central Park, she didn’t want it announced – and there was only a brief mention on social media. Then word of mouth happened. What’s next? “Taking theatre to the audience in unexpected ways can only serve to evoke interest, and may capture the imagination of those not used to planting themselves in a theatre seat.” – The Stage (UK)
Tags: Art, Theatre, Audience, 04.19.19

People Still Want To See Inside Fragile Historical Buildings. Now They Can… Virtually

Churches damaged by earthquakes, buildings ravaged by fire. It’s too dangerous for visitors to enter, or perhaps the site will be damaged by visits. Now a trove of 3D models has been put online so you can explore… – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Audience, Visual, 04.18.19

Why Are Many Of Us Obsessed With Reading Books Quickly?

The point is, the act of reading is rarely a simple case of ‘finish one, start another one’—it’s an endless overlapping conversation between reader and page, an imprecise gumbo of genres and moods and facts and jokes and… cliffhangers. – Melville House
Tags: Art, Words, Audience, 04.18.19

Alexa! Play HAPPY Music! (And Why That’s A Challenge)

Using your smart speaker to play music is the top use for them. But making music choices useful has been a challenge. “Using voice to sift through and access music may be a relatively new idea, but it’s brought with it an immense technological challenge that streaming companies, record labels and machine-learning start-ups are all reckoning with. Proper use of this new interface and underlying metadata can mean the difference between sinking and staying afloat on the smart speaker medium.” – B...
Tags: Art, Music, Alexa, Audience, 04.17.19

Are Trigger Warnings At Theatres Useful Context Or…

As part of his PhD research on theatre spectatorship at the University of Toronto, Scott Mealey interviews many audience members and says he’s “shocked” by the level of anxiety many of them “seem to feel as they encounter theatre, especially if it seems unfamiliar in some way. The more I talk about it the more stories people offer me.” – Toronto Star
Tags: Art, Theatre, Audience, SJ, University of Toronto Scott Mealey

Penguin Random House Starts Airline-Style Frequent Reader Program

The PRH Reader Rewards Loyalty Program will let members enter proof-of-purchase info online; when you reach 120 points (roughly ten books, the company says), you get up to $30 credit toward ordering Penguin Random House titles. – Publishers Weekly
Tags: Art, Words, Penguin Random House, Audience, 04.18.19, PRH Reader Rewards Loyalty Program

The Small-Town Grouch Who Declared ‘Libraries Are Communist’ Was Right, Thank Goodness

Theman who said that was in a rural hamlet in the mountains of New York state, and Sue Halpern had just been dragooned by the town board to set up a lending library with a total of $15,000. About a year on, after tremendous success, Halpern decided she agreed: “A public library is predicated on an ethos of sharing and egalitarianism. … It is defiantly, proudly, communal.” – The New York Review of Books
Tags: Art, New York, Words, Audience, Halpern, 04.18.19

When Theatre Turns Audiences Into Activists

Tita Anntares writes about two recent productions — one depicting a U.S. immigrant’s deportation hearings, another the monologue of the ghost of a young Black Panther shot by Chicago police in 1969 — that actually moved their audiences to into taking actions on those issues. (Having activists on-site as the show ended helped.) – HowlRound
Tags: Art, Theatre, Chicago, Audience, SJ, 04.10.19, Tita Anntares

Game Of Thrones Premiere Shatters Ratings With 17.4M Viewers; Most-Watched Scripted Show Of The Season

GoT is the extremely rare drama that has managed to grow its audience every single season (AMC’s Breaking Bad was another). AMC’s The Walking Deadused to top Game of Thrones in the ratings, but the zombie drama has recently fallen to around 5 million weekly viewers. – Entertainment Weekly
Tags: Art, Media, Amc, Audience, 04.16.19

Night At The Museum

Sure, Hyperallergic was joking about overnights at the Met Museum, but this is real: The Louvre is offering a one-night AirBnB experience. Why? To try to make the museum “cool.” – Le Monde (France)
Tags: Art, Audience, Visual, Met Museum, 04.11.19

By Accident, Howard Sherman Finds Himself In A Theatre Audience Of Young People. It Changed His Experience

“Most theatre professionals recognise the value of bringing in younger patrons, especially those seeking careers in the theatre, as essential to the continued welfare of the industry. But there’s another benefit to bringing in such a group – that it has the effect of improving the vitality of the entire audience, broadening the range of responses to the work and breaking down the homogeneity that too often affects that essential element of theatre: the audience.” – The Stage
Tags: Art, Theatre, Audience, Howard Sherman, 04.12.19

How An Unlikely Art House Film Beat Superhero Blockbusters To Win China’s Box Office

How did such a strange project make an astounding $38 million on its release day of December 31, 2018? In the same way so many of its big-budget rivals did throughout the year—with good marketing.  – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Media, China, Audience, 04.11.19

Joys Of A Print Newspaper? Ritual!

Andrew Ferguson used to subscribe to four print newspapers, but over the years devolved to digital (as most of us have). So he tried an experiment and subscribed again. And what did he learn? It’s all about the personal rituals. – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Words, Audience, Andrew Ferguson, 04.10.19

This Theatre Asks Audience Members To Help Plan Its Programming

“For the last year or so, the Theatre Royal [in the English city of York] has not only been asking its audience what they think of their shows – it has invited them to make programming decisions themselves.” Visionari, a group of about 20 (old) Yorkers assembled by Theatre Royal, “[have] attended workshops, met everyone from the artistic director to the graphic designer, and taken responsibility for a week-long festival in the studio.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Theatre, Audience, 04.09.19, Visionari

How Did The Moomins Get So Popular?

For years, they were a secret of Finnish literature, guarded by those who loved them fiercely. Then the author died, the books were reissued, and the absolute flood of character consumer opportunities began. (And now there’s a new “all singing, all dancing TV adaptation.”) – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Words, Audience, 04.06.19

How 3D-Printed Replicas Of Objects Are Changing The Ways Museums Can Engage Their Audiences

“Being able to touch, explore the shape, feel the weight and even smell the replica of an artefact has the potential to transform cultural heritage experiences. In reality, these connections are the closest that most people could ever have with heritage objects. What is new about digitally-fabricated replicas is that they can be extremely accurate with regards to the shape of the original.” – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Audience, Visual, 04.01.19

For Its National Book Week, The Netherlands Makes Trains Free If You Showed A Book Instead Of A Ticket

Not just any book, mind you. “Traditionally, a well-known Dutch author writes a special novel – the book week gift or Boekenweekgeschenk – which is given out for free to people who buy books during the festivities or sign up to a library. But the special book … can also be presented instead of a rail ticket on every train in the country on the Sunday of book week.” – The Independent (UK)
Tags: Art, Words, Audience, 04.01.19

To Increase Access, English National Opera To Reduce Lowest Ticket Prices And Introduce Early Start Times And Relaxed Performances

The London company has held its highest ticket price at £125 and cut its lowest to £10 and is expanding its free-balcony-seats-for-under-18s from Saturdays to Fridays and opening nights. In addition, the company will offer its first-ever relaxed performance (with accommodation for learning-disabled and autistic attendees), and at least one performance in each run of an opera will end by 10 pm. – The Stage
Tags: Art, Music, London, Audience, SJM, 04.03.19

‘Netflix Of E-Books’ Begins Offering Original Content

Scribd, a subscription service for e-books and audiobooks with over 1 million paying subscribers, is launching Scribd Originals, which will “focus on ‘the space between a magazine article and a book’ — namely, pieces up to 50,000 words in length that are too long to run in a magazine but aren’t long enough to be published as a standalone book.” – TechCrunch
Tags: Art, Words, Audience, 04.03.19, Netflix Of E Books

Recorded Music Revenues Up For Fourth Year In A Row, Soar To Global Record

Streaming revenue grew by 34.0% and accounted for almost half (47%) of global revenue, powered by a 32.9% increase in paid subscription streaming, according to the report. There were 255 million users of paid streaming services at the end of 2018, with paid streaming accounting for 37% of total recorded music revenue. Growth in streaming more than offset a 10.1% decline in physical revenue and a 21.2% decline in download revenue. – Variety
Tags: Art, Music, Audience, 04.03.19

New Design Thinking: Accessibility Is A Design Issue

Traditionally, what people get through mass production is something designed for an abstraction of an ideal male body. Customarily, those whose bodies did not fit the standard, who were not spry or male, had to make do. Designers didn’t account for variations of the human body. – Aeon
Tags: Art, Ideas, Audience, SJ, 04.02.19

The Difference Between Audience Engagement And Community Engagement

“The term [‘community engagement’], and more importantly the idea, is something that funders and other decision makers are looking for — and we know it. … With the increased use of this term, there has been some confusion as to what community engagement actually is. One of the most common points of confusion has come around differentiating the terms ‘community engagement’ and ‘audience engagement.’ Let’s start by defining what each of these terms is individually.” – Americans for the Arts
Tags: Art, Issues, Audience, Sj1, 04.02.19

English National Opera Sees Some Box Office Success, With One Show Last Year Its Best Seller Ever

“[The company’s] figures showed it had brought thousands of new people to the art form during recent months. It has achieved 75 per cent capacity in its 2000-plus seater Coliseum with 47 per cent of its bookers by first-timers. The 2018 production of Porgy and Bess was its highest grossing show ever.” – The Times (UK)
Tags: Art, Music, Audience, Bess, 04.03.19

The New York Times Asked Readers All Over What They Want From Their Local Theaters. Here’s What They Said.

For instance: “I’m looking for inspiration in three ways: quality, intimacy and creativity.” “New Work, New Work, New Work.” “I want ideas. I want debates, opinions. I want words that move us forward, using phenomenal storytelling, and engaged, committed professionals with a variety of voices. I want it all, and I intend to have it.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, New York Times, Audience, 04.01.19

Short Story Vending Machines Arrive In London

The French company Short Edition has already placed machines that will print out a free short story on request at various locations around France and the U.S. Now three of the devices are being installed at Canary Wharf to serve commuters there. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, London, France, Canary Wharf, Words, Audience, 04.02.19

Sing-A-Long Musicals Are Becoming A Thing

Of course, in your traditional theatre experience, you go to listen to the performers. But just as audiences have been joining in for showings of Rocky Picture Horror and Sound of Music, they’re now coming to musicals to join in with the cast singing. So what’s the appeal? – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Theatre, Audience, 03.28.19

On Rereading Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse-Five” 50 Years Later

James Parker has been reading it since it first came out, and finds that it still resonates. Find your own personal canon, he writes, and you discover and rediscover new things over the years. What’s your go-to book or piece of art? – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Words, Audience, James Parker, Vonnegut, 03.31.19

How Did The Matrix, Which Was Super Weird For Its Day, Ever Get Made?

Truly, Hollywood is risk-averse, or at least its funders are. But “The Matrix was a mash-up of the Wachowskis’ many interests, blending their love of anime, martial-arts movies, cyberpunk literature, electronic music, and post-structuralist philosophy into a mainstream action flick. The siblings, still relatively unknown at the time, managed to do all of that on a moderate budget of $63 million, leaning on perfectly pre-visualized action sequences that helped define the next decade of cinema.” ...
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Audience, Wachowskis, 03.31.19

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