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Visual ArtsMon, 22 May 2017 21:02

What Happened When An Artist Asked An AI To Name New Colors Of Paint

“The neural net has no concept of color space, and no way to see human-color perception,” she says. Instead, it processed colors by their RGB values: the combination of red, green, and blue that come together in each hue. “It’s really seeing [colors] not as a number at a time, but as a digit at […]Source:

Visual ArtsMon, 22 May 2017 19:31

Take An Immersive Look At Buildings By This Year's Pritzker Prize Winners

To understand the architects’ approach to design we explored six of their most significant works: a private home, a winery, a running track, their own office, a restaurant and a public space.Source:

Visual ArtsMon, 22 May 2017 17:02

African Art Is Being Gentrified

"This is very good news for the African modernists who will benefit from the increased visibility. They were, some say, the postcolonial avant-garde, who set out to create new art for independent Africa during the mid-20th century. African contemporary artists have also moved beyond nationalism and are more likely to sound off about globalization and […]Source:

Visual ArtsMon, 22 May 2017 12:30

On The 150th Anniversary Of Frank Lloyd Wright's Birth, It Might Be Time For A Reassessment

Rowan Moore is not in love with Wright. "Of all the architects officially designated great, he provokes in me a special allergy. It is not that he was a fantasist, liar and egomaniac who left a trail of emotional destruction in his wake, nor that his buildings leaked and crumbled and went many times over […]Source:

MediaMon, 22 May 2017 22:01

Canada's Broadcast Regulator Sends Mixed Messages About Encouraging Canadian Programming

In a news release announcing these licence renewals, the CRTC trumpeted its support for “the creation of diverse, compelling and original Canadian content,” but the move to cut spending on programs of national interest seems calculated to do the reverse – and sends an oddly mixed message.Source:

IssuesMon, 22 May 2017 21:24

Can Protest Art Really Make Any Difference?

"Protest art is not going to stop a bullet, but it does stir the mind and the heart. Artists want to create something pleasing but that also gets a rise out of people. A still life is not going to make you change your voting pattern." And the artists who create this kind of art […]Source:

TheatreMon, 22 May 2017 20:33

How Much Control Should Artist Estates Have Over Their Work?

"It’s legal. But is it ethical? Is it fair that contemporary directors should be chained by the views of a writer who died a year ago, especially if those views demand active and explicit racial discrimination?"Source:

MediaMon, 22 May 2017 20:01

Was Netflix Cannes Screening Sabotaged?

"The film appeared misframed on the big screen, which hadn't been masked properly, resulting in the top and the bottom sections of the imge being cut off. The tech problems quickly led to boos from the assembled international press corps. Shortly after the film began, the screening was abruptly suspended. The technical malfunction lasted approximately 10 minutes […]Source:

MusicMon, 22 May 2017 19:02

Diversity In Opera? Here's Where It Is

"Most of the discussion about race in the operatic world revolves around singers, rather than composers, of color. What this conversation risks missing is that notably inventive work, particularly work foregrounding black creators, is already being done elsewhere—namely, on the institutional margins, by companies like OperaCréole, whose smaller size affords them the opportunity for innovation."Source:

MusicMon, 22 May 2017 18:30

The Invention That Revolutionized Music In The 1920s

The lathe democratized music production and distribution, just as mixtapes, file-sharing, streaming services, and platforms like Bandcamp did. And musicians have rediscovered it.Source:

IssuesMon, 22 May 2017 17:31

Payoff: Why Arts Organizations Ought To Invest More In Their People

"Over the last four years, the California Symphony has gone from not even having a professional development line in the budget to investing more and more in talent and their development. And the growth in revenue we’ve seen far outpaces the expense. In other words, it’s an investment that’s paying off."Source:

IdeasMon, 22 May 2017 16:31

Why It's So Difficult For Humans To Live In The Moment

"What best distinguishes our species is an ability that scientists are just beginning to appreciate: We contemplate the future. Our singular foresight created civilization and sustains society. It usually lifts our spirits, but it’s also the source of most depression and anxiety, whether we’re evaluating our own lives or worrying about the nation. Other animals […]Source:

TheatreMon, 22 May 2017 16:02

Director Peter Brooks At 92: The Meaning Of Theatre

Although Brook has the aura of a sage, he rejects the kind of theater in which artists condescend to their audience by assuming superior knowledge. Such “pretension” offends him. It’s the problem he has with Brecht, whose “tremendous scenic talent” has been eclipsed by his theoretical writings. As for the influence of Artaud, Brook classified […]Source:

TheatreMon, 22 May 2017 15:31

As Minneapolis' Guthrie Theatre Diversifies, Smaller African-American Theatres Worry

"The Guthrie has become more inclusive than it’s ever been, with game-changing shows like “The Bluest Eye.” That goes into territory once claimed by, say, Penumbra, which still has the deepest expertise in doing African-American fare in the Twin Cities. Inclusiveness means that actors and artists can make a greater living even as it leaves […]Source:

MusicMon, 22 May 2017 14:45

Composer Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda's Spiritual Music Comes To Light

"After John Coltrane's death, there wasn't an easy road ahead for a musician like her. His legacy was enormous. At the time, jazz was nearly completely dominated by male players. And Alice's own music was experimental, to say the least. Even so, she made a string of albums for major jazz labels in the 1960s […]Source:

WordsMon, 22 May 2017 14:30

Mary Shelley Predicted The Future With 'Frankenstein' - And She Was Utterly Wrong, But That's Not The Point

Science fiction writer Cory Doctorow: "The fact that a story captures the public imagination doesn’t mean that it will come true in the future, but it tells you something about the present. You learn something about the world when a vision of the future becomes a subject of controversy or delight."Source:

MusicMon, 22 May 2017 14:15

What Does A Composer Do After An Opera Premieres?

In this case, he has to bring himself back down to earth - and work. "No matter how well things turned out (or at least appeared to), it’s important for me not to believe my own 'hype.' What I’m really left with, in the end, is an opportunity."Source:

IdeasMon, 22 May 2017 14:00

Is Alejandro Iñárritu's Virtual Reality Project Film? Social Activism? Or What?

"Titled 'Carne y Arena,' the project has both Hollywood bona fides — it is partly funded by the studio heavyweight Legendary Entertainment — and the stamp of the art house community, for which Cannes is a holy site. ... 'Carne y Arena' tells the story of Latin American immigrants who are attempting to cross into […]Source:

MusicMon, 22 May 2017 13:45

The Latest Winner Of The Moog Innovation Award Fought Her Machine - And Confusion In The Music Industry

The noises Suzanne Ciani created "for perhaps her most infamous sound effect, she says, were invented in a matter of minutes. 'My brain was working at lightning speed in those days,' she laughs, of how she came up with Coca Cola’s signature pop, bubble and fizz. ... 'It was brazen. But I was desperate, I […]Source:

MediaMon, 22 May 2017 13:30

How Do Late-Night Hosts Keep Up With Breaking News?

The writers have to keep track of breaking news alerts, for one thing. For instance, when news broke that the president had disclosed classified info to the Russians, one writer knew he couldn't continue tweaking an entirely different script. "It was just like, 'Ahhh — hang on, folks.' ... The first act of their show […]Source:


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