Today, the nascent scientific field of neuroaesthetics explores how artistic and aesthetic experiences register in the brain. And there have been other collaborations between museums and neuroscientists, like the 2014 exhibition at London’s National Gallery “Making Colour,” which included an experiment on color perception with guidance from Anya Hurlbert, a visual neuroscientist.
The problems of getting visiting musicians or foreign music students into the country, the problems and possible advantages of the potential disappearance of the NEA and NEH, the increase of
xenophobia nationalist sentiment in American society – Mark MacNamara looks at how music organizations in the Bay Area are approaching these challenges.
In light of catastrophes ranging from the Taliban’s destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas to ISIS’s trafficking in looted antiquities, the French government has offered a conservation facility it’s building in northern France as a haven for artifacts recovered from the battle-scarred Middle East. Yet some curators and archaeologists are fighting the plan, saying that it would stir up an entirely different hornets’ nest of problems.
“The way the Canadian industry is set up right now, we fund people to make work, but we don’t fund people to market work. If people don’t know a film is out there, and you’re not marketing it to them as American companies do, then you won’t get people to see it. It’s not that complicated, actually.”
“As well as works by Coach House poets Damian Rogers and Jeramy Dodds, the page for the centre’s contemporary poetry reading group featured high-quality reproductions of entire books by such high-profile Canadian writers as Governor-General’s Award winner Dionne Brand and nominee Lisa Robertson, and international poetry superstar Anne Carson, as well as leading U.S. poets including Claudia Rankine, Ariana Reines and Maggie Nelson. The books, most of which would retail for less than $20, were available to download free to anybody who clicked on a link.”
This isn’t just about helping medical students access their feelings (important as that is). “In addition to focusing on ways that doctors treat their patients through empathy, the program aimed to develop observation skills and address how doctors treat themselves, through a session on mindfulness and self-care.”
Nana Oforiatta-Ayim, the art historian, writer, and filmmaker behind the project, says, “the narrative that is told about Africa is still the backward narrative: no innovation, it’s ahistorical and stuck. Yet with everything I was reading, it was stories of innovation, of knowledge, of technology.”
Well, that’s one approach to dealing with ticket touts and making it slightly more fair, if it works. The touts have no one to blame but themselves: “Last month, resale site Viagogo was accused of ‘moral repugnance’ for selling tickets to an Ed Sheeran Teenage Cancer Trust gig for up to £5,000.”