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.
They approve – especially of the musicals and renting out the house.
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.
“For the vast majority of conservatives who work in entertainment, going to set or the office each day has become a game of avoidance and secrecy. The political closet is now a necessity for many in an industry that is among the most liberal in the country.”
“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.”
Brexit and Trump have goosed the inevitable re-rise of the protest novel. For instance, novelist Ali Smith’s “gaze fell on those Googling how to apply for an Irish passport, the graffiti of swastikas, the flag-waving, the disappearance of money, and the constant appearance of lines.”
One art historian – well, the leading expert on Thomas Gainsborough – says “Miss Brummell” is probably by the painter’s nephew. Why? “It’s just not Gainsborough’s style. It’s too messy. It lacks confidence. The handling is rather scratchy.”
Amanda Levete: “There’s only one thing in life that you can’t design … and that’s heritage, but we have a responsibility to breathe new life into it, to be radical as well as sensitive to the past.”
Jill Soloway says, “Hiring a woman isn’t just about that one decision, but also committing to mentoring them throughout the process. ‘It’s not just about finding the person; it’s about protecting the person all the way through.'”
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.”
This “shybot” wandered the desert for a month, with its only goal being to avoid human contact. “Drones tracked its progress from the air — which Shybot at times appeared not to appreciate.”
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.”
Yeah, no. Just no. “I leap here to the defense of my noble former colleagues at this paper and others. People who see this movie unawares should be told that it’s fake news, and that it’s the obits themselves that are real news.”