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From Olafur Eliasson to Gerhard Richter: the art show aiming to unite Europe

Diversity United is a travelling exhibition featuring work by 100 living artists from 34 countries – seeing this monument to liberal values moved our writer to tearsWhen it comes to outsized projects with geopolitical undertones, Walter Smerling has form. Between 2015 and 2017, the chairman of the Stiftung für Kunst und Kultur (Foundation for Art and Culture) in Bonn and a German art-world statesman of sorts organised the largest ever exhibitions of Chinese art in Germany and German art in China...
Tags: Art, Europe, China, Germany, Russia, Painting, World news, Culture, Britain, Art and design, Moscow, Bonn, Exhibitions, Venice, Anselm Kiefer, Brexit


Italy’s “Netflix For The Arts” Is Now Open Across Europe

“ITsART … was rolled out across 26 European countries on Tuesday, with plans to expand into the U.S. and China next year. … Prices range from €2.90 ($3.25) for a movie to €9.90 ($11.10) for an exclusive live opera.” – Variety
Tags: Art, Europe, China, Italy, Issues


Of Course It Does: China Unveils New Five-Year-Plan For Film

The plan’s ultimate goal, however, is to build China into a “strong cultural power” by 2035 — one that can only be achieved, it says, by “adhering to the Party’s total leadership over film work.” – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, China, Party


Xi Jinping Is Rewriting China’s History – A New Cultural Revolution

Xi’s use of history projects the message that the struggles of the first century of Communist Party rule have been buried by the need to cohere around Xi’s pursuit of strength, dignity, and obedience—what he calls “the great rejuvenation” of China. – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Featured, China, Xi Jinping, Issues, Communist Party


Hong Kong’s M+ Museum Opens In A Climate No One Expected When It Was First Proposed

When plans for Asia’s biggest contemporary art museum were announced back in 2007, Xi Jinping wasn’t yet president of China, few people anticipated political crackdowns in Hong Kong, and the biggest concerns were over the money being spent. Now people just hope M+ can survive. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Asia, Hong Kong, China, Xi Jinping, Visual


Hong Kong opens modern art museum as security law casts pall

Multibillion-dollar M+ struggles to find a balance between artistic expression and political censorshipA senior Hong Kong cultural official said freedom of expression was not above a China-imposed national security law, on the eve of the opening of a contemporary art museum intended to put the city on the global cultural map.The multibillion-dollar M+, featuring contemporary artwork from leading Chinese, Asian and western artists, is Hong Kong’s attempt to match museums such as Tate Modern in Lo...
Tags: Art, Hong Kong, China, Censorship, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Art and design, Museums, Paris, Tate Modern, Centre Pompidou, London New York 's Museum of Modern Art MoMA


Chinese Composers Are Making Western Classical Music Their Own

In fact, there have been composers in China writing for European instruments for over a century. Since the end of the Cultural Revolution, though, the country has produced several generations of accomplished composers — and developed an audience eager to hear new scores. – Prospect
Tags: Art, Music, Featured, China


Textile Museum of Canada – Director and CEO

Organization The Textile Museum of Canada (Textile Museum) is the only national museum, and one of eight worldwide, exclusively devoted to the collection, exhibition, and documentation of global textiles. Based in Toronto for more than 45 years, the award-winning Textile Museum explores local, national, and international social and cultural histories through the medium of textiles and how they inform contemporary art, craft, design, and human histories. It serves as a national cultural insti...
Tags: Art, Jobs, China, Boston, Toronto, Canada, United Nations, Peru, Drake, North America, University of Toronto, Toronto Raptors, Ontario, Toronto Ontario, Thibodeau, SIOUX


Ai Wei Wei On Being Ai Wei Wei

Ai’s trajectory is impossible to understand without knowing about his late father, Ai Qing. Regarded as one of China’s greatest poets, Ai Qing was a leftwing hero, having been imprisoned in 1932 for his links to communism. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, China, People, Wei Wei On Being Ai Wei Wei, Ai Qing Regarded, Ai Qing


Surge In Visitors at Chinese Heritage Sites. And Concerns…

According to a national survey in 2012, mainland China has more than 766,000 sites of immoveable cultural relics but only around 130,000 designated custodians. Short staffing means that some sites are left unguarded, while others are closed to the public. – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, China, Visual, Chinese Heritage Sites


China’s Web Novels Are Changing The Way We Read

Having built a thriving multibillion-dollar web fiction industry at home, Chinese web novel platforms are increasingly looking to sell their stories — and the innovative way they mass-produce them — to literature lovers abroad. – Protocol
Tags: Art, China, Words


Pianist Yundi Li Arrested On Immorality Charge In Beijing

Li, who earned fame in the West in the ’00s and became a household name in China, was arrested with a sex worker — and promptly expelled from the musicians’ union, crippling his career. State TV warned that “anyone who challenges laws and social morality is doomed.” – Bloomberg Quint
Tags: Art, Music, China, Beijing, West, Li, State TV, Yundi Li


Building Without Nails: The Genius of Japanese Carpentry

Traditional Japanese carpentry impresses us today, not so much with the tools its practitioners use as with the ones they don’t: nails, for example. Or glue, for that matter. Here on Open Culture we’ve previously featured introductions to Japanese wood joinery, the art of cutting wood in a manner such that pieces slide together and solidly interlock without the aid of any other materials. Though it may seem like magic, it’s really just physics — or rather, physics, and engineering, and t...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Japan, College, China, New York City, United States, Seoul, Colin Marshall, Miya Shoji, 21st Century Los Angeles, Hisao Hanafusa


A Gigantic Violin Floats Down Venice’s Grand Canal with a String Quartet on Top

It looks like something out of a Fellini movie: a string quartet floating down the canals of Venice on a gigantic violin. Not a boat masquerading as a violin, like when you dress up your pet for Halloween and just slap some funny ears and coat on it, but an actual 39-foot long violin, made of several kinds of wood and metal by master boatbuilder/wood sculptor Livio De Marchi. “Noah’s Violin,” as it is called, did have a tiny motor inside to propel it, and its trip down the Grand Canal wa...
Tags: Art, Facebook, College, China, Noah, New York Times, Venice, Times, Vivaldi, Grand Canal, KCRW, De Marchi, Apocalyptica, Livio De Marchi, 18th Century Instruments Ted Mills


Ethiopian Popular Culture Is Making The Chinese Its Bogeymen

As investment from China flows into Ethiopia, social media and entertainment are voicing worries about inexpensive made-in-China versions of Ethiopian handicrafts, mocking Chinese eating habits, and stoking anger that the country’s donkeys are being stolen and shipped to China to make a traditional medicine. – Global Voices
Tags: Art, China, Ethiopia, Issues


China Now Has Its Own Version Of The Carbuncle Cup

Each year, an online architecture magazine offers a list of 80-odd edifices from which readers can vote for the ten ugliest buildings in China. What’s the purpose? “To provoke thinking about the beauty of and ugliness of architecture and promote architects’ social responsibility.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, China, Visual


Hollywood Has Sold Out To China

And it’s not likely to change anytime soon. – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, China, Issues, Audience, 09.10.21


Xi Jinping’s Crackdown Is Reshaping China’s Culture

Just this year, authorities have gone after social media, high-profile actors, highbrow artists, reality TV, K-pop fans, feature films, video games, and “sissyness”. Intelligentsia both within and beyond China, worried about a return to Mao-era totalitarian control, are calling this “the great leap backward.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, China, Xi Jinping, Issues, Mao


Behind China’s Crackdown On Popular Culture

At first glance, “common prosperity” and a desire to eliminate “sissy boy” fan culture seem like separate campaigns. But they point to a growing trend in domestic politics and society: the wish to eliminate difference. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, China, Issues


A creepy virtual influencer looks so human, her skin changes with her surroundings

Instagram Ayayi is a non-human influencer that looks just like a real person. Her skin texture changes depending on the lighting and surroundings, just as a real person's would. She's already starting to work with brands like Guerlain. See more stories on Insider's business page. For some time now, companies have been creating their own virtual influencers.It is what it says on the tin - an animation in human form, developed either to promote a company's own products or to...
Tags: UK, Science, Design, Style, Instagram, Life, China, International, Trends, Strategy, Tech, Inventions, Innovation, Retail, Chanel, Nordic


China Bans “Effeminate Men” From TV

Previously, the regime has expressed official concerns and cracked down on youth online gaming, boy band culture, gambling, cryptocurrency and sports. The moves are part of discouraging what it sees as unhealthy attention to celebrities and certain distracting activities. – Deadline
Tags: Art, Media, China


‘I felt completely lost’: the actors navigating an arts crisis and long Covid

Three performers – among the one million people suffering from long Covid – explain the painful process of getting back on stageIn 2019, the actor and director Helen Oakleigh was hired to stage a number of shows in China that would be playing throughout 2020. They flew from London to Wuhan on 1 January last year and then on to Chengdu but, soon after arriving, began to feel unwell with a virus that would later be diagnosed as Covid-19. Although able to return to work soon afterwards, they strugg...
Tags: UK, London, China, Theatre, Culture, Stage, Harry Potter, Acting, Shakespeare, Wuhan, Chengdu, Coronavirus, Helen Oakleigh, Covid Oakleigh


MIT engineers design touch-sensing glove that 'feels' pressure and maps stimuli

When you pick up a balloon, the pressure to keep hold of it is different from what you would exert to grasp a jar. And now engineers at MIT and elsewhere have a way to precisely measure and map such subtleties of tactile dexterity.The team has designed a new touch-sensing glove that can "feel" pressure and other tactile stimuli. The inside of the glove is threaded with a system of sensors that detects, measures, and maps small changes in pressure across the glove. The individual sensors are high...
Tags: Design, Technology, China, Mit, Medical Research, Engineering, Innovation, FANG, Nicholas Fang, MIT Fang, Huifeng Du, Liu Wang, Chuanfei Guo


Hung Liu, Artist Who Blended China And The West, 73

“‘Five-thousand-year-old culture on my back; late-twentieth-century world in my face’ is how Ms. Liu described her life-changing arrival in the United States from China in 1984, when she was 36 and already an accomplished painter.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, China, People, United States, Liu, Ms Liu, 08.22.21


All Over The World, More Governments Are Censoring More Books: Study

A “Freedom to Publish” report from the International Publishers Association covers hundreds of examples of censorship since the start of the COVID pandemic — not only in such countries as Belarus, Hungary, and China, but also in the US, France, and the UK. – Publishers Weekly
Tags: Art, UK, China, Words, International Publishers Association, US France, Belarus Hungary


Sicily hits record high temperature amid heatwave

In the latest extreme weather news, Europe has set a new record high temperature. Sicily hit 48.8 degrees Celsius this week, or 119.85 Fahrenheit, according to a reading at a Syracuse, Sicily monitoring station. At press time, the record high hadn’t yet been verified by the World Meteorological Organization. But if the organization accepts the reading, it will be the hottest day in recorded European history. The previous record was 48 degrees Celsius (118.4 Fahrenheit), set in 1977 in Athens, Gr...
Tags: Europe, Design, Climate Change, China, Germany, Africa, Global Warming, Moscow, Un, Siberia, Heat, Syracuse, Temperature, Sicily, Heatwave, ATHENS Greece


Fiskars' Designey Take on the Chef's Knife

This is the classic shape of the Western-style chef's knife:In China, what they refer to as a chef's knife looks more like what we Westerners would call a cleaver:Interestingly, Fiskars has redesigned their chef's knife in what at first appears to be a hybrid of the two, offering a handle-to-blade relationship similar to the Chinese design, but with a blade surface area similar to the Western design.My question was "why?" Apparently it's for ergonomic reasons: "We studied chefs and found they pi...
Tags: Food, Design, China, Object Culture, Fiskars


China Will Ban Karaoke Songs With “Illegal” Content

According to one CNN report, a song called “Fart” was blacklisted. The lyrics of the song read: “There are some people in the world who like farting while doing nothing.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Music, China, Cnn



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