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Visual ArtsTue, 04 Feb 2020 22:28

Australian Artists Hijack Bus Shelter Ad Spaces

Forty-one artists are involved in this latest Australian iteration, including Georgia Hill, Tom Gerrard, Sarah McCloskey, Ghostpatrol, Callum Preston and E.L.K, as well as anonymous artists.In one poster, a Caramello Koala has burst and is melting above the words “Save an Aussie icon”. In another, Blinky Bill runs from an encroaching wall of flames. The […]Source:

MediaTue, 04 Feb 2020 22:01

Canada Proposes Outlines Of A New Media Landscape

They range from bringing online media platforms like Yahoo and Facebook under the scope of the Broadcasting Act to making sure that streaming companies like Netflix and Amazon Prime are sufficiently promoting Canadian material. – CBCSource:

IdeasTue, 04 Feb 2020 21:28

How The Unthinkable Becomes The Inevitable

How does the once-unthinkable become not only thinkable but self-evident? How does the unthinkable become something we cannot think away anymore? To get at that, we have to tell a history not only of emergence, but of the formation of the deepest levels of our intuition. I have a strong sense that our best reasoning […]Source:

MusicTue, 04 Feb 2020 21:01

How The Right Conductor And The Right Orchestra Can Make A Statement

Alex Ross: “For the most part, the classical-music world is in need of conductors with broad horizons, who can guide audiences from a passive worship of the past to an active awareness of the present. The rote repetition of Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, and Mahler ultimately does those composers no favors. But we also need conductors […]Source:

IdeasTue, 04 Feb 2020 20:29

If Hits Can Be Built With Data, Won’t Everything Be A Hit? Well…

“If there are benefits to humans using data to assimilate this kind of information and attempting to make it actionable, the results have yet to impact the production-to-hit ratio of major studios in any meaningful way. That said, I expect that to change very soon as AI models trained to maximize engagement start to show […]Source:

PeopleTue, 04 Feb 2020 20:02

America’s First Drag Queen, And First Gay Resistance Leader, Was A Freed Slave

“His name was William Dorsey Swann, but to his friends he was known as ‘the Queen.’ … Beginning in the 1880s, he not only became the first American activist to lead a queer resistance group; he also became, in the same decade, the first known person to dub himself a ‘queen of drag’ — or, […]Source:

BlogsTue, 04 Feb 2020 19:52

The Obama Portraits: The Book, The Traveling Exhibition, T-Shirts, Coasters, Umbrella…

With 23 items exploiting the portraits currently arrayed for sale on the NPG’s website, the Smithsonian’s merchandising masterminds have found a way to turn an uplifting event into something bordering on tacky. (The book is very good, though.) – Lee RosenbaumSource:

BlogsTue, 04 Feb 2020 19:44

Recent Listening: Lyn Stanley Revisits Julie London

Los Angeles singer Lyn Stanley frequently appears in L.A. with a big band of Swing Era veterans. But in this recording, her accompanists are six of Southern California’s busiest veteran players of modern jazz. – Doug RamseySource:

MusicTue, 04 Feb 2020 19:32

Data: Pop Songs Have Become Sadder. Why?

English-language popular songs have become more negative. The use of words related to negative emotions has increased by more than one third. Let’s take the example of the Billboard dataset. If we assume an average of 300 words per song, every year there are 30,000 words in the lyrics of the top-100 hits. In 1965, […]Source:

TheatreTue, 04 Feb 2020 19:05

Immersive Theatre Began As Innovative, Serious Art. Has It Sold Out?

“What was still considered a left-field artistic proposition a decade ago, popularised by the likes of Punchdrunk and dreamthinkspeak, has become one of theatre’s biggest commercial money-makers. Now, dozens of events across the UK are riding on the immersive gravy train.” – The Observer (UK)Source:

MusicTue, 04 Feb 2020 18:31

The Remarkable Caroline Shaw

Some composers deal with the threat of boredom by cramming their scores full of drama and extreme sounds. Others embrace it, stretching time and indulging in trancelike repetition. Shaw describes her approach as the avoidance of both extremes. “I know what I don’t like,” she says: “plain harmonies that don’t ever change. What makes me […]Source:

WordsTue, 04 Feb 2020 18:03

Thanks To The Claw, Philadelphia Has Become A Literary Hotbed

The Claw, founded by authors Carmen Maria Machado and Liz Moore, “is comprised of 19 published and professional fiction and nonfiction writers. Not unlike a book club, it meets roughly once a month, usually at one of the members’ homes. Over glasses of wine, the women ask for advice, offer feedback, and discuss what they’re […]Source:

DanceTue, 04 Feb 2020 17:32

A First Look At The New, Non-Robbins Choreography For Broadway’s ‘West Side Story’

“Though her work has evolved beyond the minimalist choreography that first garnered her critical notice in the 1980s, [Anne Teresa] De Keersmaeker remains a formalist. Throughout this production, she makes ingenious use of traveling wedge formations, each gang shaped loosely into a triangle with their leader at the point, as they circle, stalk, intimidate, and […]Source:

PeopleTue, 04 Feb 2020 17:01

Scholar And Author George Steiner Dead At 90

“An essayist, fiction writer, teacher, scholar and literary critic … Mr. Steiner both dazzled and dismayed his readers with the range and occasional obscurity of his literary references.” As one New York Times critic wrote, “His bracing virtue has been his ability to move from Pythagoras, through Aristotle and Dante, to Nietzsche and Tolstoy in […]Source:

WordsTue, 04 Feb 2020 16:25

Turn Libraries Into Arts Spaces? Be Careful!

It’s fantastic to see libraries recognised as valuable public spaces that need protection and increased support, but I’m concerned that the attempt to rejuvenate them through the arts could backfire. Rather than reviving libraries, it could transform them into something else completely. – Arts ProfessionalSource:

IssuesTue, 04 Feb 2020 16:04

The Trump Impeachment Isn’t Over, And The Smithsonian Is Already Looking For Artifacts

“Years from now, when school groups visit the National Museum of American History, they might learn about the impeachment of a president through a fidget spinner. And they will have Jon Grinspan, the Smithsonian’s curator of political history, to thank.” – The Washington PostSource:

TheatreTue, 04 Feb 2020 15:27

Disney’s “Hamilton” Movie Could Change Theatre

While a handful of Broadway productions are filmed for airings on PBS or to be added to BroadwayHD’s on-demand streaming library, “Hamilton’s” road from stage to studio might set a lucrative precedent for future commercial productions to prepare for potential major releases. – Los Angeles TimesSource:

MusicTue, 04 Feb 2020 15:05

Want High School Kids To Get Excited About Engineering? Try Teaching Them To Make Guitars

“Unlike science and math, engineering and technology skills aren’t typically included in the standardized tests used to evaluate students and their teachers. Because the stakes are high, schools generally make the subjects that are tested their highest priority. When kids make guitars, they learn the math and science, but also the importance of mechanical precision, […]Source:

DanceTue, 04 Feb 2020 14:33

How Lula And Erwin Washington Have Kept Their Dance Company Going For 40 Years

“Both are 69 now. As the wife and husband who founded the Los Angeles dance company in 1980, the two continue to strike the delicate balance between artist and administrator” — a job Erwin gave up his own career in journalism to do — “between ambitiously creative and cautiously pragmatic.” – Los Angeles TimesSource:

MediaTue, 04 Feb 2020 14:01

YouTube Earned More Than $15 Billion From Ads Last Year

For the first time, Google and its corporate parent, Alphabet, broke out from overall revenue reports the income from its video platform — and that income is enormous. What’s more, YouTube ad revenues have almost doubled over just the past two years, and the platform is bringing in another $3 billion annually from its 20 […]Source:


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