What We Learned About Audiences This Week: An Uber For Classical Music? Threats To Our Attention Spans
This Week: Live classical music on demand, in your living room!… Is being always connected killing our ability to follow complex art?… The Smithsonian Wants your money to preserve Wizard of Oz ruby slippers… Researchers say it’s probably alright to let babies play with screens… Alvin Ailey company engages audiences in its second home in a charged way.
ArtsJournal Audience Published: 10.23.16
This Week: Why has dance attendance fallen off a cliff in New York?… Applications for MFA programs are down and things are looking bleak… Has our ad-supported business model for content killed quality?… There’s a big surge in art that addresses political issues… Bob Dylan, and what he means.
diacritical | Douglas McLennan Published: 10.23.16
Oh: “AT&T has reached a deal to buy Time Warner Inc. for $85.4 billion — a blockbuster marriage that would transform the telephone company into the nation’s largest entertainment company and a major force in Hollywood.”
Los Angeles Times Published: 10.22.16
How ‘The Internet Of Things’ (That Is, Refrigerators And DVRs) Got Hacked And Took Down Spotify, Twitter, And The New York Times
“Security researchers have been warning about these internet-of-things botnets since at least the summer. In September, a botnet composed of DVRs and CCTVs took down the blog of Brian Krebs, a prominent cybersecurity journalist. And on October 1, an anonymous developer posted source code online that allowed anyone to string a similar kind of botnet together.”
The Atlantic Published: 10.21.16
“This movie has a lot to say about that because it takes those people who have been marginalized — poor people, black people, gay people — and it puts them front and center. And I think we need more of that, frankly. We need more understanding of each other. We don’t need to build any more walls. We need to invite some more people to the table.”
The Hollywood Reporter Published: 10.21.16
“I immersed myself in the expressive worlds of music, the filial act of copying, survival in an age of destruction, in the effort to understand how a person tries to be free. Bach’s Goldberg Variations played in my head and on the page, showing me how structural constraint – limitations on freedom – might provoke artistic creativity, individuality, resonance. To write a novel is to find many other ways of being alive.”
The Guardian (UK) Published: 10.22.16
“Some of her dialogue, which Justice Ginsburg will deliver in English in an opera that is being sung in French, has been rewritten with her in mind. So a line that may be unfamiliar to the devoted opera lovers who read websites such as Parterre Box will be readily recognizable to court watchers who spend their time on SCOTUSblog.”
The New York Times Published: 10.22.16
“It can be inspiring, or it can be the thing that eats you. I love living with that kind of intensity. I’m not an adrenaline junkie in any other way, but playing a great work, in real time, for an audience is exhilarating in a way that I need.”
The Observer (UK) Published: 10.22.16
“The ABC project, which does not yet have a title, will be a multicamera comedy about a family that is on the brink of buying a dream house though it comes with a catch: They have to live with the current tenant, an older actress played by Ms. Burnett.”
The New York Times Published: 10.21.16
“Something of a radical step forward for film accessibility is the ‘enhanced soundtrack version,’ which all but disregards the film’s visuals and instead constructs an entirely new version of the film through purely sonic means. Expressionistic sound design is used to create aural reconstructions of key episodes from Hull’s life, while additional excerpts from his diaries fill in any narrative gaps.”
The Guardian (UK) Published: 10.22.16
“A video environment called ‘4th Floor To Mildness’ will invite visitors to take off their shoes and stretch out on secondhand beds that the New Museum has collected (and cleaned). The viewers will gaze toward the ceiling at two amoeba-shaped screens, on which will be projected watery footage that Ms. Rist, who lives and works in Zurich, filmed over the summer in a part of the Rhine that she knows by heart.”
The New York Times Published: 10.21.16
“At BookPeople in Austin, Texas, summertime sales of general fiction titles fell 12% from last year, while science fiction took a 26% hit. ‘I guess they don’t need science fiction because they’re getting so much in politics,’ says Steve Bercu, who is co-owner of the 46-year-old store. Sales of books about politics and current events, he said, surged 45% during the same period.”
The Wall Street Journal Published: 10.19.16
“Aside from its astute selection of moving detail, art is constantly in the business of manipulating our emotions, as if this were an end in itself. This, after all, was Plato’s objection to the arts and every kind of artistic effect — that it was manipulative and potentially mendacious.”
The New York Times Published: 10.21.16
“In the literary world, the same has been true: people make decisions about which stories to tell; they make decisions about who gets to tell those stories, and to what kind of audience, which sends a subconscious message to readers. If I don’t see your story, then you must not exist; if I don’t see your story, that means it doesn’t deserve to be seen.”
Los Angeles Review of Books Published: 10.22.16
“All 13 episodes of the second season of ‘Marvel’s Jessica Jones’ will be directed by women, according to executive producer and showrunner Melissa Rosenberg.”
Variety Published: 10.22.16
This Director Brought Millions Of Dollars – And Fans – To A Studio, So Why Isn’t She Honored, And Employed?
“‘I went into the studio the Monday after Twilight opened to $69 million. I’d heard they give directors a car,’ she paused with a rueful laugh as the audience called out ‘what did you get?’ She said: ‘I got a mini cupcake.'”
The Observer (NY) Published: 10.21.16
“For the third year in a row, the organization will convene a day-long symposium and town-hall meeting on Race, Place and Diversity. Over the last two years, a few hundred people have gathered for lunch, followed by break-out sessions and panels and an evening town hall to try to tackle these tension-filled topics.”
KCUR Published: 10.21.16
“Even when the report appears to say the obvious, it’s useful to be reminded of the state of play. Particularly that there is a direct connection between supply and demand. Lots of people go to the theatre in London because there are lots of theatres and shows on offer, which are easily accessible in terms of transport links. Underserved parts of the country have seen a drop in attendances, sometimes dramatically, in recent years.”
The Guardian (UK) Published: 10.20.16
“Over the past decade, an increasing number of researchers, many educators, and not surprisingly, children’s media developers have pointed to a growing pile of studies that show how children, even at very young ages, can benefit from using media when it catalyzes conversation and is designed for learning.”
Slate Published: 10.21.16
““The union and management agree that Fort Worth wants its orchestra back, and we want nothing more than the musicians to end their strike and return to work. … However, our ideas of how to accomplish this are in direct opposition.”
The Star-Telegram (Fort Worth) Published: 10.22.16
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“Without ever having spent a night there, the pope ordered the apostolic palace and gardens at Castel Gandolfo, about 15 miles from Rome, be turned into a museum.”
Religion News Service Published:10.21.16
“You would think our sole purpose as writers at these panels is to broaden the understanding of white people, when we could you know, talk about writing. Worse, it’s the same talk we gave last year, and the year before that, and the year before that one, going back years, and decades. Either we’re not speaking loud enough, or clear enough, or maybe nobody is listening. Maybe a diversity panel should be all white.”
Literary Hub Published:10.20.16
“A 20% decrease in the number of paid attendees at live performances emerged in the study, to be released Friday by the advocacy group Dance/NYC. The study looked at 172 dance organizations over a six-year period. The audience decline appears to have been led by drops at the largest organizations, those with budgets of more than $5 million.”
The Wall Street Journal Published:10.20.16
When vandals knocked off the head of the young Christ in a Madonna-and-child statue at a parish in Sudbury, Ontario, the priest accepted the offer of a local artist to sculpt a replacement. Uh-oh: our correspondent describes the result as “Lisa Simpson crossed with King Triton.” Where have we seen this story before?
The profound question being debated here — is consciousness no more than brain tissue and, if so, is altruism merely the product of evolutionary biology? — has brought Stoppard into public colloquies with scientists and philosophers investigating this quintessential 21st century conundrum.
Los Angeles Times Published:10.21.16
Currently the chief conductor of the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester, United Kingdom, Juanjo Mena has made several recordings with that orchestra, including a Falla album named Recording of the Month by BBC Music magazine His previous posts are artistic director and principal conductor of the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra (1999-2008) and principal guest conductor of both the Bergen Philharmonic in Norway and Teatro Carlo Felice, in Genoa, Italy.
Cincinnati Enquirer Published:10.21.16
Norman Lebrecht: “Isaac Stern told me that when he was growing up in 1920s San Francisco ‘a musician in the orchestra was a person‘ – even if he earned a pittance. He had social status. As that status declined it had to be replaced with other compensations or orchestral life would have ceased to exist. So wages rose.”
“When I first got to the city, many people on the administration staff said, ‘…oh dear, we have a grey-haired syndrome here…,’ meaning that our audience is getting older and older. But, we decided over the course of the season, that we would never change one thing – we felt that the one thing that transcends generation is the natural human tendancy to appreciate exceptional quality. So rather than push the bar down, we pushed the bar very, very high, where we challenge the audiences with extremely adventurous programming.”
Huffington Post Published:10.20.16
Even during the years when he was working in factories, pushing a broom, getting fired from jobs, battling illness and going through rehab, Mr. Jones always thought of himself as a writer. “I’m a great believer in fate, and I believe that all those things in my life had to happen — being a drunk, a boxer, the epilepsy, the diabetes,” he told the Seattle Times. “You have to suffer a lot before you can be a writer of fiction.”
Washington Post Published:10.20.16
The original 11 paintings still hang on the walls of the agency’s headquarters, “represent[ing] an elemental approach to art [and] a swashbuckling donor,” according to a brief blurb on the agency’s website. What these paintings represent about the CIA’s relationship to the art world, though, is more complicated. On these walls, the intersection between US art and politics is especially busy.