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Visual ArtsMon, 24 Oct 2016 13:30
The Man Who Spent 30 Years Trying To Preserve Palmyra’s History

“When Russian and Syrian troops reclaimed the site, it became clear that practically everything in the museum had been broken. They destroyed everything systematically, room by room, sculpture by sculpture, using hammers and other heavy tools.”Source: The Art Newspaper

Visual ArtsMon, 24 Oct 2016 12:20
Someone Paid 22 Thousand Dollars For One Of The Naked Trump Statues

“The piece, entitled ‘The Emperor Has No Balls,’ was initially estimated to sell for $10,000 with a portion of the proceeds going to the National Immigration Forum, one of the leading immigrant advocacy organizations in the country. But it was the most talked about piece in the auction, and the price tag more than doubled.”Source: Los Angeles Times

TheatreMon, 24 Oct 2016 23:03
Diversity Might Be Good For Canada. But Will It Translate To The Theatre Box Office?

In a much-shared speech last year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: “We know that Canada has succeeded – culturally, politically, economically – because of our diversity, not in spite of it.” But it’s still not known whether greater diversity and inclusion are good for the bottom line in the arts.Source: The Globe and Mail (Canada)

IssuesMon, 24 Oct 2016 22:03
Report: The Biggest Arts Funding Continues To Go To The Largest Organizations. And So…

“The lion’s share (60%) of funding – grants, gifts and contributions – continue to go to the largest budget cultural institutions across the country (those with budgets over $5 million) and that, in fact, the funding to the smaller organizations, with budgets under $1 million has actually declined, and ‘that is a drearier future than we […]Source: Barry's Blog

MediaMon, 24 Oct 2016 21:17
How The UK’s Video Game Industry Demonstrated Its Impact To Policy-Makers

“For many, feeling forced to demonstrate evidence of the impact of something as personal as art can be more than unsettling. Concerns that any attempt to measure impacts may not sufficiently capture the work’s full effects is understandable. But with art there is always an impact.”Source: Arts Professional

IssuesMon, 24 Oct 2016 20:15
Report: Fear Is The Biggest Barrier To Diversity In the Arts

The third and final report on the survey, which was published this week, revealed that the sector is split on whether or not audiences actually resist ‘more diverse artistic product’, but this appears to be enough to put organisations off programming, producing and exhibiting it. Respondents indicated that these fears are compounded by ‘inadequate funding’. […]Source: Arts Professional

IdeasMon, 24 Oct 2016 19:32
Turns Out Our Brains Are Wired To Light Up When We See Something Cute

“Cute judgments might be fundamental to human perception. Examining magnetic brain activity in subjects presented with infant and adult faces, Kringelbach and his colleagues at Oxford have found that the brain starts recognising faces as cute or infantile in less than a seventh of a second after the face is presented to subjects. His group […]Source: Aeon

WordsMon, 24 Oct 2016 18:31
Science Fiction Writers Have Done A Dreadful Job Of Dealing With The Future

Typically, as noted above, science fiction authors posit a united world under benign or tyrannical world government. How our present divided world came to be united in the future is seldom explained. Science fiction authors are notorious for getting out of plot holes by inventing new technologies like “handwavium.” The political equivalent of handwavium is […]Source: The Smart Set

IssuesMon, 24 Oct 2016 18:02
Canada Will Be 150 Years Old Next Year And There Will Be Big Celebrations. But What Culture Are We Celebrating?

“What effect will all this well-meaning cultural, environmental and athletic activity produce? As the optimistic descriptions washed over me, I had to remind myself that public celebrations of a national birthday can indeed be transformative: just look at centennial year. To author and historian Pierre Berton, it may have been “the last good year,” as […]Source: The Globe and Mail (Canada)

WordsMon, 24 Oct 2016 17:42
Maintaining That Difficult Line Between Fiction And Literature

Judging fiction is easier said than done. Cyril Connolly, formerly of the Observer, once wrote that “the great difficulty in reviewing new novels is to maintain a double standard – one to judge novels as fiction and the other as literature. Luckily, very few novels pretend to be literature, but when they do it is […]Source: The Guardian (UK)

MusicMon, 24 Oct 2016 17:03
Hillary Hahn’s Search For Creativity Outside The Box Of Violin-Playing

“Working with composers, I was realizing that there was a whole part of the musical creative process that I didn’t have firsthand experience with. So I started kind of entering that realm, from different directions, just to understand a little bit more of how a composer gets to the final point of the piece that […]Source: Washington Post

IssuesMon, 24 Oct 2016 16:31
This Election Has Seen A Surge In Political Art

Activist street artists have been especially busy creating some of the presidential campaign’s most provocative political statements. Their bold approach inherits a long tradition.Source: Los Angeles Times

WordsMon, 24 Oct 2016 15:40
Many Fear That Handwriting Is A Disappearing Art. But There Are Myths About Writing That Should Be Cleared Up

The first is that handwriting has always been a treasured mode of self-expression. Not so, according to Socrates, whom Plato quotes as saying that men’s acquisition of writing “will implant forgetfulness in their souls” and that writing’s value pales in comparison to the living art of conversation: “If you ask a piece of writing a […]Source: Chronicle of Higher Education

PeopleMon, 24 Oct 2016 15:08
William Bowen, 83, Former President Of Princeton U And The Mellon Foundation

“Before leaving Mellon in 2006, Dr. Bowen was instrumental in creating global electronic archives of scholarly journals and artistic images, including JSTOR, ARTstor and also Ithaka, which provides digital services to academia.”Source: The New York Times

MusicMon, 24 Oct 2016 13:20
The Sheer Spookiness Of Saint-Saens’ Danse Macabre

“Did you know that tritones signify the Devil and Satan and evil spirits in music and that everyone just used to ‘know this’ and ‘recognize this’ and if you heard it in a piece you’d be like, ‘oh, right, the Devil’?”Source: The Awl

WordsMon, 24 Oct 2016 13:10
The Library Is Dead; Long Live The Library!

“Gone are the days in which functional literacy, i.e., being able to read and write and do basic math, is enough for people to find their way around. The Internet bombards us with so many blocks of text, images, and videos that online navigation is turning into an increasingly complex and, for those lacking information […]Source: The Millions

DanceMon, 24 Oct 2016 13:00
The Man Who Convinced Ballet Shoe Companies To (Finally) Make ‘Nude’ Ballet Shoes In All Skin Tones

“Underwood’s pre-show ritual used to include a laborious 45 minutes spent caking his ‘nude’ ballet pumps with dark makeup. Once, in Italy, he failed to find the right makeup and struggled to cover his shoes for a performance. ‘I posted an Instagram to some companies, suggesting there should be different coloured shoes. A Russian ballet […]Source: The Guardian (UK)

TheatreMon, 24 Oct 2016 12:50
There’s A Puppet Golden Girls Parody Off Broadway – And It’s Getting Sued

“Mr. Duncan-Watt and his producers claim that Mr. Rockefeller stole the show, cut them out of any royalties and harassed and intimidated them. They are seeking damages from the run of ‘That Golden Girls Show!,’ which is scheduled through Dec. 31.”Source: The New York Times

MediaMon, 24 Oct 2016 12:40
A Deal To Ban Pakistani Actors From Indian Films Removes Boycott Threat

“Bollywood is the latest battleground for heightened tensions between the nuclear-armed arch-rivals India and Pakistan, sparked by a deadly attack last month on an Indian army base blamed on Pakistan-based militants. In a series of tit-for-tat moves in the entertainment industry, Pakistan has suspended screening all Indian films until tensions calm, while Hindu nationalists in […]Source: The Guardian (Agence France Presse)

IdeasMon, 24 Oct 2016 12:10
In What (Polite Yet Enjoyable) Way Will Canada Celebrate Culture For Its 150th?

“What effect will all this well-meaning cultural, environmental and athletic activity produce? As the optimistic descriptions washed over me, I had to remind myself that public celebrations of a national birthday can indeed be transformative.”Source: The Globe and Mail (Canada)


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