Wendy Perron: “I’ve read that Graham cultivated an Eastern look herself and was flattered whenever anyone mistook her for Asian. Some think that, since she had a long torso and short legs, her close-to-the-floor technique was particularly suited to Asian bodies. … Whatever the reason, more Asian dancers have found a home in Graham’s company than in any other modern dance group – and most have been beyond brilliant.”
The creators of The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland may not transform the mental health professions, but they’re trying to convey to the rest of us what the actual experience of psychosis – the hallucinations and delusions – is like.
Turns out, we can’t help it – it pushes buttons hard-wired in our brains.
“The so-called Ideas Box, designed by Philippe Starck, contains 15 tablet computers and four laptops with satellite Internet connections; 50 e-readers and 5,000 e-books; 250 printed books; a movie projector, screen and 100 films; chairs, tables and board games.”
“Hudson Yards is the largest private development project in U.S. history, and it’s being built without footings or foundations.”
“Closing the loophole could bring in revenues of about £300m in its first year, according to government estimates. The tax change will apply to downloads of films, music, e-books and smartphone games.”
Architecture’s most prestigious honor goes to a 56-year-old Japanese designer “known for building refugee shelters at almost every cataclysmic natural disaster for the past 20 years.”
Li Cunxin, now artistic director of the Queensland Ballet, describes his childhood on a dirt-poor farm, the fluke that led to his strenuous dance training in Beijing, and how he came to Houston and stardom in the U.S.
Granted, it was a non-binding online poll, but more than 2 million people in the Veneto (out of a voting population of 3.8 million) answered yes to the question, “Do you want Veneto to become an independent and sovereign federal republic?”
Part of the auditorium ceiling at the Apollo Theatre in London’s West End fell in med-performance in December. Staff of a BBC Radio 4 programme “has seen a letter from Westminster City Council saying hessian wadding embedded in the ceiling was getting weaker over time.”
As Mark Twain observed, “Humor is tragedy plus time.” But how much time? Researcher Peter McGraw of the Humor Research Lab (HuRL) tried some experiments (e.g., a Hurricane Sandy Twitter account) and thinks that “Too soon?” may not be the right question.
The Talking Cure, Part One (networking)
AJBlog: We The Audience | Published 2014-03-24
A Top Ten List In Dubai
AJBlog: Real Clear Arts | Published 2014-03-24
Everything I Know about Why Art Matters I Learned from My 5-year-old
AJBlog: Field Notes | Published 2014-03-24
Arts as an Engine of Unrest Or, How the Arts Ruined a Perfectly Good Childhood
AJBlog: Field Notes | Published 2014-03-24
Anne Midgette: “The start of Eschenbach’s tenure appeared to be reinvigorating the orchestra, and the two international tours within eight months in 2012 and 2013, to South America and to Europe, boosted morale and the orchestra’s profile … Yet for all of the new energy, Eschenbach’s concerts with the orchestra have not consistently represented the kind of vital music-making one might have hoped.”
“After trying an array of prototypes and development kits at the Game Developers Conference here last week, I can assure you that virtual reality works. Technology is no longer the limitation. The lingering question is what game designers, artists and filmmakers should do with it.”
“They found that women rated dancers higher when they showed larger and more variable movements of the head, neck and torso. Speed of leg movements mattered too, particularly bending and twisting of the right knee. In what might be bad news for the 20% of the population who is left-footed, left knee movement didn’t seem to matter.”
“Apple would deliver live and on-demand TV programming over a Comcast’s last-mile broadband networks, with guaranteed bandwidth to ensure high-quality video delivery to an Apple set-top.”
“The ban is part of the Incentives and Earned Privileges scheme, which allows prisoners to buy their own basic supplies using funds awarded to them for good behaviour.”
“Redditor Shystone has laid old paintings over Google Street View photographs to create a series of perspective-bending composite images of old and new London. Modern sculptures dominate a plaza that was once wide open; neon signs reside on the same block as gas-lit streetlights; and a bridge covers over a river that was once filled with sailboats.”
Paul de Man wasn’t just a professor at Cornell, Johns Hopkins, and Yale. He wasn’t just a Nazi collaborator in Belgium during the war. He was, it turns out, an embezzler, fraudster, deadbeat dad, and bigamist.