The Guardian, UK: Art & Architecture

06/16/2021 05:32 PM
Jennifer Packer Talks About How Painting Works
I’ve never seen a painting that looked real, but I’ve seen paintings that felt real. – Cultured Magazine
06/16/2021 05:01 PM
Rethinking “Lord Of The Flies”
Responses to Golding’s work tend to be polarised, varying from the adulatory to the contemptuous. – 3 Quarks Daily
06/16/2021 04:32 PM
Of Course Networks Are Sexy Right Now. But You, Yourself, Are Not A Network
The network idea is so powerful in our connected world, that it’s tempting to apply it to everything. But not to us… – 3 Quarks Daily
06/16/2021 04:01 PM
Why This SF Symphony Cellist Is Eager To Perform In-Person Again
Whether you’re singing along with “Messiah” or rocking with Metallica, the common auditory input of the rhythm and melody, plus the visual input of musicians and conductor, causes our brains to “entrain” or synchronize to this shared sensory awareness. – San Francisco Chronicle
06/16/2021 03:31 PM
Mapping Canada’s Indigenous Culture and Language
The online, interactive map divides the province up into Indigenous territories, including some areas where there is overlap, with sections featuring language, art and culture. – CBC
06/16/2021 02:58 PM
‘A Star Is Born’: The History Of The Asterisk
The little mark’s use in texts goes back at least to Aristarchus, the second-century BC compiler and editor of Homer’s epics; it continued through the Middle Ages, the birth of printing, the mass market for books, and the advent of text messaging. And it meant something different in each of those times; these days, it […]
06/16/2021 02:55 PM
What Was Said
In May and June the Community Engagement Network hosted Conversations addressing the topic Benchmarking Equity. While we did not take the advisability of benchmarking as a given, the premise of the discussions was that without some form of accountability, statements committing to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion can easily be as toothless as “thoughts and prayers” […]
06/16/2021 02:31 PM
Big Thinker Edward de Bono, 88
Through his 60-plus books, including The Mechanism of Mind (1969), Six Thinking Hats (1985), How to Have A Beautiful Mind (2004) and Think! Before It’s Too Late (2009), as well as seminars, training courses and a BBC television series, De Bono sought to free us from the tyranny of logic through creative thinking. – The […]
06/16/2021 02:02 PM
‘Choking On Sanctimony And Lacking In Compassion’: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Slams Social Media’s Social Justice Warriors
“The assumption of good faith is dead. What matters is not goodness but the appearance of goodness. We are no longer human beings. We are now angels jostling to out-angel one another. God help us. It is obscene.” – The Guardian
06/16/2021 01:29 PM
New Study: What Accounts For The Lack Of Women In Jazz?
Among audiences, the government survey data showed that more men than women report attending jazz concerts, and that the gap is larger for jazz than for rock. – The Conversation
06/16/2021 01:04 PM
‘Midcentury Modern’ Was A Thing In American Classical Music, Too
“Composers from that same time period, say, the ’30s to the ’60s — the likes of Walter Piston, Roy Harris, Elliott Carter, George Perle, Harold Shapero, Roger Sessions, and others neglected for decades by America’s musical institutions — have been experiencing an uptick in interest of late, particularly at summer festivals and in recording projects.” […]
06/16/2021 12:32 PM
Rem Koolhaas And Patrick Doan Re-imagine Maps Of Europe
National boundaries, it would seem, hold very little meaning at all. The squiggles hint at other political geographies, from the deeper past or some unimaginable future. – European Review of Books
06/16/2021 12:01 PM
Running A Theatre From The Kitchen Table During A Pandemic
Marissa Wolf was midway into her first full season as artistic director at Portland Center Stage and had just opened The Curious Incident of The Dog In the Night-time in March of 2020. – The New York Times
06/16/2021 11:29 AM
MacKenzie Scott Gives Tens Of Millions To Arts Organizations
The lack of fanfare associated with the June 15 announcement, which came in the form of a simple Medium post rather than a costly PR blitz, was part of the point, according to Scott. – Artnet
06/16/2021 11:05 AM
For First Time, Indigenous Australian Choreographer Will Lead Non-Indigenous Dance Company
Daniel Riley, who comes from the Wiradjuri people of central New South Wales, spent 12 years dancing with and choreographing for Bangarra Dance Theatre, Australia’s (and possibly the world’s) most prominent indigenous dance company. At the beginning of 2022, he starts work as artistic director of the company’s oldest contemporary dance troupe, the Adelaide-based Australian […]
06/16/2021 10:33 AM
Tensions Seethe Inside America’s Biggest Public Radio Station
“Employees at [WNYC] are terrified that criticizing their station’s leadership could result in being singled out for layoffs and reprimands by human resources.” Employees express particular concern about editor-in-chief Audrey Cooper, hired away from The San Francisco Chronicle one year ago this month. Says one staffer, “I can’t remember a time when newsroom morale has […]
06/16/2021 10:01 AM
How Many Streaming Services Can One Person Be Expected To Pay For? We’re Starting To Find That Out
“The average number of video streaming services utilized per U.S. user has fallen for the first time, according to technology research firm Omdia. … ‘In the past, many have posited an ultimate limit to the number of services a consumer will be able to manage,’ Omdia highlighted. ‘With U.S. growth stumbling, many will be asking […]
06/16/2021 09:31 AM
Marin Alsop Is Proud Of Her Baltimore Symphony Tenure — And Frustrated, Too
“If I had it to do all over again, I would not have tried so hard to move the BSO out of the Ivory Tower. Sometimes you have to say, ‘OK, this is not where people want to go. Try to enjoy the orchestra and community as much as you can.’ … I didn’t have […]
06/16/2021 09:04 AM
California Removes COVID Restrictions On Arts Venues
“The reopening means the end of mandatory [capacity limits and] mask requirements for vaccinated patrons of California movie theaters, gyms, restaurants, stores and family entertainment centers. However, businesses may choose to retain mask requirements or opt to implement a vaccine verification system, but those verification systems have not yet been developed. ‘It’s the honor system,’ […]
06/16/2021 08:35 AM
Notre-Dame In Paris Needs More Millions To Rebuild After Fire
In the months after the catastrophic 2019 blaze, more than €800 million was raised to reconstruct the 13th-century cathedral. Why is the Diocese of Paris now seeking €6 million more? Not long after the disaster, the French parliament passed a law that the first round of money raised may be used only for structural work […]
06/16/2021 08:03 AM
LA Chamber Orchestra’s Jaime Martín Named Chief Conductor Of Melbourne Symphony
It’s taken Australia’s oldest orchestra five years to find a successor to Andrew Davis, whose tenure ended in 2019, but they’ve now settled on this Spanish-born, London-based flutist-turned-conductor. Martín is also chief conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin, and he recently extended his contract as the LACO’s music director to 2027. – […]
06/16/2021 05:58 AM
Copyright Board Changes Streaming Fees
CRB hiked the current rate 17% from the current $0.18 for every 100 songs streamed on on-subscription advertising-supported webcasts to $0.21. – Inside Radio
06/15/2021 06:01 PM
Eight Parking Stalls For Every Car: Here’s How Cities Are Trying To Change That
We found that the Green Code is changing Buffalo’s urban form in ways that had been difficult, if not impossible, under former zoning rules. – Fast Company
06/15/2021 05:29 PM
Tech Was About Disruption. Now It’s “Build Better”?
Taken seriously, the essay seemed to be suggesting an entirely new version of Silicon Valley: a movement away from making software to support existing institutions, and toward creating the institutions themselves. – The New Yorker
06/15/2021 05:01 PM
Relaxed COVID Restriction? That’s Still A Problem For Venues
While venues try to maintain pre-pandemic ticket prices and the availability of shows by offering multiple gigs on the same day, their economic viability is massively diminished by the drop in capacity. – The Conversation