“He comes from the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, where his track record includes the surprise success of the Internet Cat Video Festival, which brought 10,000 people together in a field in 2012 and then 11,000 paying customers at the 2013 Minnesota State Fair.”
Concerns include “the exclusion of indigenous voices from the museum, the proposed museum site, and whether the institution would further weaken the public national museum that already exists.”
Former prime minister Jigmi Thinley explains how the country’s fourth king came up with the concept, and how it’s defined and measured.
“At 2 o’clock on Friday, November 22, 1963, the Boston Symphony Orchestra began a matinee program of Handel and Sydeman. A suite by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov was to follow, but instead there was a pause.”
“TV art is headed in the right direction, but it’s been flattened. The failure of these fabricated art objects to be neither valid nor completely ridiculous means that most of the comedy comes from outside the art.”
“What I find odd is that biographers apparently feel a need to depict their subjects as especially admirable human beings, something that in the end makes their lives less rather than more interesting and harder rather than easier to relate to their writing.”
A theatre company in northern England works clogging and Morris dancing into most of its productions – from Shakespeare’s history plays (the houses of York and Lancaster did battle with their wooden shoes) to a new script about the First World War.
“In our excitement over the creative projects made possible by crowdfunding, we shouldn’t forget that a flourishing creative middle class requires good jobs for arts workers and healthy arts institutions.”
Tony Robinson recalls when the ’60s counterculture, ’70s identity politics and the closing of the Lord Chamberlain’s censorship office led to the birth of alternative theatre.
“We’re at an excitingly early stage in working out how to best produce and provide news in a social world. There are lots of business models that might work; there are also editorial models that look like they work until they don’t. But if you look at the news business as a whole, rather than at individual companies, it’s almost impossible not to be incredibly optimistic.”
“This is a book that cries out like one of his maudlin ditties to be edited. But were an editor to start, there would be no stopping. It is a heavy tome, utterly devoid of insight, warmth, wisdom or likeability,” writes Gill.
“In the last decade, dance on TV has become popular, sometimes wildly so. Dancing With the Stars launched in 2004 and is one of Nielsen’s highest-rated primetime programs. So You Think You Can Dance (2005) has had rating ups and downs but its contestants are generally exceptional and it has a strong fan base.”
“I think theatre has realised somewhat belatedly that it can no longer provide adequate competition for kids watching videos or computer games. It has to get the liveness back, and that is the only think it trades on.”
“Hollywood is the closest thing the business world has to a Roman Empire: a largely self-sustaining, self-contained industry, reigning supreme over most premium content in most media channels. And like Rome, the entertainment business has plenty of enemies who’d love to watch it burn. They probably won’t get their wish.”
“It seems that people who use their smartphones while watching their favorite shows are only doing so to distract themselves during commercials — not good for advertisers — though they do often look up websites related to the show.”
And why YouTube and Hulu are more like the Mongols and Manchus than like the Vandals and Visigoths.
Surely the anti-Lindsay Lohan, STB, who has died at age 85, was a creature of Hollywood who survived being the most famous preschooler on the planet to become a well-adjusted, successful, meltdown-free adult. “If she emerged unscarred, it’s not for the film industry’s lack of trying.” How did she do it?
“Neuroscientists may have figured out what’s behind a visual trick that puzzled Galileo Galilei and stumped many others for centuries. The answer to this trompe l’oeil also could explain why Mom and Dad always warned that it’s bad to read in dim light.”
Lyn Gardner has what’s probably the best answer.
It seems unnecessary in hindsight, but in 1942 and ’43, after Pearl Harbor and the bombing of Britain, air attacks on the U.S. mainland seemed like a real danger. Here are the (considerable) steps some art institutions took to protect their holdings.
Director Eléonore Pourriat uploaded her five-year-old short film Oppressed Majority (Majorité Opprimée) to YouTube last week. It’s been viewed 2.3 million times so far.
“After asking why everyone in their house was so glum, [his young daughter] said: ‘The violin? Why are we still talking about the violin? That was five days ago.'”
Currently the chief conductor of the Zurich Opera House and the Orchestre National de France, and frequently considered a frontrunner for a major post in the U.S., Gatti is suffering from inflamed shoulder tendons.
That’s what a newly-translated 3,700-year-old cuneiform tablet says. (There are even instructions for building one.)
Our correspondent visits the Playing for Laughs symposium at De Montfort University in Leicester (with reference to “the Chuckle Brothers of philosophy, Plato and Hobbes”).
It wasn’t just another weird pastime: for a time, it figured to become a real Olympic sport. (includes video)
What’s So Good About Milwaukee?
Source: Real Clear Arts | Published on 2014-02-12
New art vs. old growth
Source: The Artful Manager | Published on 2014-02-11
Calder, Bookstores and the Death of Cool
Source: CultureCrash | Published on 2014-02-11
‘Dirt Always Wins’ (Part Five) — Pay Dirt
Source: Out There | Published on 2014-02-11
Passings: Alice Babs, Dick Berk
Source: RiffTides | Published on 2014-02-12
“Ukraine is experiencing an unprecedentedly difficult time, when the question of the state’s future is being decided. Taking this into account, it is impossible to carry out responsibly the preparation needed for a large-scale artistic project of international significance like the biennial.”
“Understanding how content providers and subscribers use certain words or phrases could improve search by making more about what users really want and less about what they actually typed.”
“The reconstructions are just that — re-creations of particularly inflamed and idiotic YouTube comment exchanges — except they’re acted out by two well-dressed, middle-aged British men (or men with stellar British accents) who sit in shadowy domestic interiors populated with high-backed armchairs and baroque chandeliers.”